August 31, 2014

Jacobs: Duke football has come a long way

When the freshman from the New York suburbs arrived at Duke University in 1968, watching Blue Devils football eased his sometimes-acute sense of cultural dislocation. Back then, Durham more or less closed at 9 PM. The Ivy Room restaurant on West Main Street had a sign at the door that read: “No shirt, No shoes, No service,” hinting at uncommonly casual dining. The basement of Duke’s student union hosted the suggestively named “Dope Shop,” which turned out to be a soda fountain. But one aspect of Duke life – its football team – was soothingly familiar.

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