Think of the best football coach you know, NFL or college. Could he win at Duke?
I think so, too.
But he really has to be good. Duke plays in a stadium that wouldn't impress a recruit who played eight-man football in he middle of North Dakota. Academic requirements limit the talent the Blue Devils can attract. And if you lose enough, your record becomes as much a part of the program as uniforms and helmets.
Neither of Duke's last two coaches, Ted Roof, who was fired Monday, and Carl Franks, were the right hire. Like Dom Capers in the NFL, some men are better assistants than head coaches, and Roof and Franks likely are among them.
The last coach to win at Duke was Steve Spurrier and, according to one source, there are some prominent Duke supporters who would love to lure Spurrier back to campus, even though he has lost five straight.
Do you know how boring football in North Carolina would be without rumors?
Thank you, source.
It's tough to envision Spurrier leaving South Carolina and the SEC for Duke and the ACC, especially since 2008 is the season for which he has been building.
At South Carolina, it's tough to win an SEC championship. At Duke, it's tough to win a game.