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Duke Curse Set To Pounce Again?

Teddy Dupay may
be close to getting kicked off of Florida's team,
according to CBS
Sportsline. This follows a gambling investigation. There is no official word
yet, but if Sportsline is to be believed - and if you can't believe the web, who
can you believe - he's just about toast.

according to a Florida board,
word is out from Steve Russell, who is the
Sports Director at WURF, and
who says he is off.

So while it's not absolutely official yet, it may be time to revisit the Duke

  • 1984, Boston College, lost coach Gary Williams soon thereafter to Ohio
    State. Program revived long enough to beat UNC, then self-destructed and
    lost Jim O' Brien to...Ohio State.
  • 1985, Washington. The next year they played in Durham so riddled
    with injuries that Detlelf Schrempf had to play point guard. A long decline
    ensued and their German connection dried up.
  • 1986, Louisville: A long slow descent followed, complete
    with probation.
  • 1987, Indiana: A painful downperiod until 1992 Final Four
    (where they lost to.....Duke). Knight self-destructs in 2001, forced out at
  • 1988, Kansas: Probation, lost coach.
  • 1989, Seton Hall: slow decline ensued, finally
    arrested by...Amaker, who very nearly got them into the Final Eight.
  • 1990, Vegas. Lost rematch, lost coach, lost most prestige,
    got Rollie Massimino
  • 1991 n/a
  • 1992 n/a
  • 1993, Cal. Probation, lost coach, big scandal, still
  • 1994, Arkansas: a small probation, faded for several years.
  • 1995 n/a
  • 1996, Eastern Michigan: Lost coach (to Cal), faded from view, not heard
    from since.
  • 1997, Providence: Program peaked, fell, lost coach to UVa
  • 1998, Kentucky: Lost players to hardship in '98, draft,
    transfers at the end of '99, a rash of serious auto related problems, most
    recently including Desmond Allison's arrest. Tubby Smith is unhappy with the
    fans and the way they treat his family and is rumored to be looking around.
  • 1999, UConn: El-Amin arrested for marijuana possession, , Hamilton left, two car/image
    problems. Doug Wrenn arrested for alleged shoplifting before the season,
    suspended twice. El-Amin suffers a critical injury in tournament, team loses
    to Tennessee in NCAAs. Wrenn kicked off team after a post-season arrest.
  • *2000, St. John's: Erick Barkley investigated for serious
    transgressions. Probation is a strong possibility. Agents,
    "dates," money from rappers reported. Barkley leaves for NBA after sophomore year. Humiliated in Madison Square Garden by Duke in 2001.
  • *2000, Maryland: defeated Duke in Cameron, suffered one of the most embarrassing
    losses in NCAA tournament history.
  • *2000, Stanford: upset by an underachieving UNC program
  • *2000, Cincinnati. On the verge of an NCAA championship, their star player
    breaks a leg on the eve of the tourney. During the tourney (after
    being eliminated by Tulsa), star freshman DerMarr Johnson announces he's
    going pro. Nascent dynasty is toast.
  • 2000/2001, Florida: lost Mike Miller and Donnell Harvey to the NBA. Had a series of injuries
    the following season. Knocked out early in tournament the next year.
  • 2001, Kentucky. Started the season 3-5, got hot for the tournament, then was upset by Southern Cal.
  • 2001, UConn flames out in regular season, can't even make the NCAA field.
  • 2001, Stanford, # 1 most of the season and ticketed for the Final Four, upset by Maryland
  • 2001: Kentucky: Jason Parker blows out his knee.
  • 2001: Teddy Dupay embroiled in gambling issue...stay tuned!

*Regular season games

This is a pretty impressive list, and as always, you should ask yourself: do you want your team to beat Duke? Is it really, really worth it?