It’s pretty rare when Art Chansky, a long-time UNC partisan, has something nice to say about Duke. We remember picking up a magazine years ago and turning to his column and it started: “I hate Duke.”
This guy used to be the sports editor of one of the Durham papers, mind (pre-merger).
So it was a pleasant surprise to see him have a supportive column up on Duke legend and Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley.
Hurley, as you may have read this week, had a very intense conflict with his athletic director, accusing him of misleading him about how a booster who was accused of sexual harassment was treated.
Chansky really came out with a very supportive column, saying this:
“Full disclosure, I never felt sorry for Hurley when King Rice made him cry as a freshman in the Dean Dome in 1990. And I still see in my sleep the brazen three-pointer Hurley took, and made, against UNLV that saved the 1991 Final Four game and launched the Duke dynasty.
“But I feel sorry for him this time, because while coaches take all kinds of abuse as part of the job, any employee deserves public support when making such a claim that involves the protection of a spouse.”
There’s nothing new here. It’s just nice to see support for Hurley from Chansky, who probably needed a drink after writing something positive about a Blue Devil.
Just kidding. But it is nice to read. Good on Chansky for saying it.