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Duke holds first football summit

Posted Monday, January 15, 2007

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Durham, NC - Over 200 former football players returned to campus this weekend for the first Duke Football Summit. Following a reception at the Yoh Football Center on Friday evening, the group met for over six hours at the Washington Duke Inn on Saturday, listening to several presentations by Duke staff members including president Richard Brodhead, director of athletics Joe Alleva and head coach Ted Roof.

The event concluded on Saturday night with the annual team banquet, where over 500 people were in attendance.

"I believe we entered unchartered territory in the world of college athletics this weekend," Alleva said. "I have never heard of a school hosting a group of former players this large in any sport for the purpose of discussing details about the program. Hearing the feedback and thoughts from the former players regarding Duke football tells me this was an excellent idea and that there is a great deal of alumni support for the program.

"Both Coach Roof and I were very impressed with not only the number of former players that participated, but also the direction that the discussions went," Alleva continued. "Our former players have an invested interest in the success of the program, and we are appreciative to those who came back to campus this weekend to educate themselves, ask questions and offer their beliefs and views."

Seven decades of Duke Football were represented including 1945 All-America guard Ernie "Bear" Knotts, 1955 All-America halfback Bob Pascal, 1963 All-America halfback and ACC Player of the Year Jay Wilkinson, 1974 All-America linebacker and two-time Duke MVP Keith Stoneback, 1989 consensus first team All-America wide receiver and ACC Player of the Year Clarkston Hines, 1992 NFL Supplemental Draft number one overall selection quarterback Dave Brown and 2001 first team All-ACC and two-time Duke MVP tight end Mike Hart. Also present was Spike Yoh, former chairman of Duke's Board of Trustees, and his wife, Mary Milus Yoh.

Thirteen former All-America choices, 24 captains and 17 team MVP selections attended the function while four of Duke's ACC-leading 10 Player of the Year picks -- Wilkinson, wide receiver Chris Castor (1982), quarterback Anthony Dilweg (1988) and Hines -- were present.

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Duke head football coach Ted Roof.
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