Fact Checker Too: On sidelines, Coach K surpasses Bobby Knight in career wins..... Precipitous drop in applications for Duke Law School.

Coach K is now the Division I coach with the most wins in history.

The following is from the April 1st edition of Duke Basketball Report, which we also posted on April 1st: If you thought the season ended when he was at 900, when his mentor Bobbie Knight was at 902, you were too attentive to what was happening on the court and not in the NCAA's offices.

The NCAA has reversed Duke athletic officials and ruled that the '94-95 games he missed when Coach K had his back surgery belong on his record. The announcement came from NCAA president Mark Emmert who said that year after year the NCAA was petitioned (by the anti-Duke crowd it seems) to include not only the 4 wins but also 15 losses that Coach K's temporary replacement Pete Guadet racked up. This year they gave in.

New totals: 904 wins, 298 losses. Emmert will give Coach K a plaque at the upcoming team banquet, and Duke will celebrate early in the coming season.

Above from the April 1st edition of Duke Basketball Report. Note the date.


Lots of comparisons appearing between Coach K when he first started out and Butler's young Brad Stephens. Four years on the job, Stephens is in Final Four for the second time. Coach K got there for the first time in his 6th season. Graduation rates: Duke 92, Butler 90.

Then there's the total of wins and losses for each coach in his first four seasons. Stevens 116-24. Krzyzewski 62-57.

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Just in... Applications for Duke Law School drop 20 percent. National average 11 percent. Reason: lack of high paying jobs. New York Times article in January focused on people who borrowed to pay for law school and are now left holding the bag. More details soon....


Lacrosse litigation. Charles Cooper, lead attorney for the players who were not indicted, says he will immediately begin discovery, now that a federal judge has ruled on a tangled batch of motions filed by the defense. Translation: immediate subpoenas for President Richard Brodhead, former trustee chair Robert King Steel in the days ahead. Duke has pledged it will "vigorously" fight.


The announcement from Yale that it is going to partner with the government of Singapore and open a full-fledged undergraduate campus raised some eyebrows around Duke.

We're already planted in Singapore with a medical school, and the question is, why President Brodhead and his team of merry travelers did not snag this one, since we already have a foot in the door.

Interesting too, The Yale Daily News says the operating budget agreed to with Singapore includes money for need-blind scholarships. There's nothing -- nothing -- like that commitment to a core value in Duke's deal with Kunshan.


Police in State College, Pennsylvania released the names of four Duke students arrested last weekend and charged with theft. Kyle Kunkle, 19; Brian Self, 20; Philippos Sidiroglou, 18; and Alexander Sonageri, 19, were visiting State College. Police say they were caught in Sunset Park, adjacent to campus, with a stop sign and a $4,000 Walmart scanner. The weekend saw a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles.

This link sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Read more: http://www.centredaily.com/2011/03/29/2612082/duke-students-identified-charged.html#storylink=misearch#ixzz1I5ssnAHB

Duke's website lists Self as a 197-pound freshman wrestler from Oklahoma City; the names of the others do not appear on a webpage, only in the general directory.


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Silent until the end of the season, Coach K spoke out during this past week about Jalen Rose, erstwhile University of Michigan player who said Duke doesn't recruit street blacks, only Uncle Toms.

Coach's reference to a documentary in the following quote stems from Rose's current promotion of a ESPN feature on the so-called "Fab Five," who turned out to be not so fabulous after all.

“Sometimes people say things to get attention so they can sell their documentary..... Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke, but especially, not just our African-American players but any African-American students.

“When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”

Rose made headlines in Detroit himself when a tipster called a local broadcasting station to reveal he was arrested for driving under the influence on an icy road. This on March 11 after he crashed his car. Rose was in his hometown to open the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, a charter school for underprivileged kids. OK FC will put in the comment you expect: now you know why he wasn't recruited at Duke.

Just like the arrest was news to you in April, ESPN, which employs Rose as a face, suspended him until it investigates why he never told the network about his arrest.

As for the future of Duke's men's basketball, there was a preview in Chicago at the MCDonald's All-American game. Austin Rivers, Quinn Cook, Marshall Plumlee. You'll be reading more about them!


RESEARCH - from Duke press release – New genomic analyses suggest that the most common genetic variants in the human genome aren't the ones most likely causing disease.

Rare genetic variants, the type found most often in functional areas of human DNA, are more often linked to disease, genetic experts at Duke University Medical Center report.

"The more common a variant is, the less likely it is to be found in a functional region of the genome," said senior author David Goldstein, Ph.D., director of the Duke Center for Human Genome Variation. Fascinating!


RESEARCH - In an essay on the King James Bible, professor emeritus David Steinmetz has many illuminating observations. But we focus on the wildest.

"All the translators chosen were members of the Church of England (all but one ordained). They were robustly Protestant in their convictions. Generally speaking, they differed more sharply in their practices than in their theology. Lancelot Andrewes loved beauty, ceremony and incense, while Lawrence Chadderton presided at communion in a chapel as stripped down and bare as an empty warehouse."



More rankings from US News and World Report. Duke Hospital is 10th in the nation, scoring particularly high in these specialties: cancer, heart/heart surgery, orthopedics and neurology and neurosurgery.

Duke Medicine -- our crown jewel.

US News and World Report -- issuing too many rankings to have done a good job compiling them all.


Following word for word, ripped off from the New York Times March 29 2011

There’s an old joke that Harvard’s definition of diversity is having a rich kid from New York room with a rich kid from California. No doubt the joke has also been told about Yale or Duke and about kids from places other than New York and California.

I thought of the joke while looking through the Chronicle of Higher Education’s fascinating interactive graphic on the percentage of students at various elite colleges who are Pell Grant recipients. Pell Grants are easily the country’s largest financial-aid program and, as a rule of thumb, they tend to go to students who come from the bottom half of nation’s income distribution.


In 2008, the most recent year in the Chronicle’s data, a mere 6.5 percent of Harvard students received Pell Grants. And Harvard wasn’t all that unusual among elite colleges. At Washington University in St. Louis, only 5.7 percent of students received Pell Grants. At the University of Pennsylvania, the share was 8.2 percent. At Duke and Northwestern, it was 8.3 percent. At Notre Dame, it was 8.4 percent. The numbers at Yale (8.9 percent), and Princeton (9.9 percent) were also fairly low. The share at Stanford was 12 percent.

I wouldn’t expect 50 percent of Harvard students — or even, say, 40 percent of Harvard students — to come from the bottom 50 percent of the income distribution. But 6.5 percent? To put it another way, do you believe that more than 93 percent of the students who are most deserving of attending the nation’s most prestigious, best financed college come from the top half of the income distribution?

I don’t. Nor does William Bowen, the economist and former Princeton president. He was a co-author of a study several years ago that found that elite colleges gave zero credit in the applications process to students from low-income families. All else equal, a poor student who scored, say, 650 on a standardized test had no better chance of being admitted than an affluent student who also scored 650 — despite all the obvious advantages that the affluent student had.

Athletes, of course, received a leg up in the admissions process. So did racial minorities and the children of alumni, the study found. But not poor students.

After the study came out, college administrators insisted that they would do better in the future. But it doesn’t look as if they are doing much better. The Chronicle graph suggests that elite colleges are still overlooking a good number of the country’s most talented, most deserving students. These also happen to be the students who appear to gain the most from an elite education.

To give credit where it’s due, the University of California, Los Angeles, leads all elite colleges with 30.7 percent of its students receiving Pell Grants. (I wrote about U.C.L.A.’s economic diversity in a 2007 Times Magazine article.)

Smith College (23.6 percent), the University of Texas (21.4 percent), Case Western (17.3 percent) and Amherst College (15.9 percent) are also less economically homogeneous than many of their peer colleges.


Nearly one in four adults who are either overweight or obese did not believe they have a weight or health problem.

Dr Gary Bennett, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience: "It's often said that the first step in improving a problem is believing that you have one. That's particularly true for obesity... A sizable proportion of obese Americans don't accept that they have a weight problem. This group is less likely to practice healthful behaviors that will help them lose weight and improve their health."


Research. A joint Harvard and Duke team has concluded cheaters may be lying to themselves more than they realize.

The study, called "Temporal view of the costs and benefits of self-deception," found that "those who exploit opportunities to cheat on tests are likely to engage in self-deception, inferring that their elevated performance is a sign of intelligence."


Quoted, Fuqua Dean Blair Sheppard at the 2011 State of Durham's Economy Breakfast. "I think we have momentum as a place where interesting people want to come and hang out." This is Durham he's talking about.

Sheppard cited the "quality of culture, the quality of lifestyle, [and] interesting people who attract others because they want them to be here."


Quoted from Executive Vice President Tallman Trask on the economic meltdown: "I think we're the only place that lost 385 employees and nobody sued us or filed a grievance. It wasn't particularly easy and it wasn't particularly fun, but I'm glad we've made it through."


A bill to allow the re-sale of tickets to many events (in other words, a proposal that would allow so called scalping) is making its way through the North Carolina legislature.

Make sense to FC. If you have tickets you do not want to use, why shouldn't you be able to play the market with them?

There would be some caps, including one on people who get free tickets to athletic events (players included). The Herald Sun says Duke has not yet made up its institutional legal mind whether to support the proposal.

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