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Duke to name new lacrosse coach

Duke University president Richard Brodhead is scheduled to hold a press conference today at 2 p.m. to discuss the future of the men's lacrosse program.

As reported Friday by the Long Island, N.Y., newspaper Newsday, Brodhead is expected to announce the revival of the team for next season, with Duke assistant Kevin Cassese serving as interim head coach.

Brodhead will be accompanied at the press conference by Robert Steel, the chairman of Duke's Board of Trustees; Daniel Blue, executive committee member of Duke's Board of Trustees; Duke athletics director Joe Alleva; and Duke Athletic Council chairwoman Kathleen Smith.

Former Blue Devils lacrosse coach Mike Pressler resigned in April as a criminal investigation continued into the alleged rape of an exotic dancer hired to perform at a team party at an off-campus house. Duke announced the cancellation of the men's lacrosse season -- which began with national championship aspirations -- the same day that Pressler resigned.

Three players have since been indicted in the case; they maintain their innocence.

Duke's lacrosse team had aspirations of a national championship this spring before the rape accusation erupted into national news.

A report May 1 by a faculty committee recommended the lacrosse program be revived with stronger oversight. The panel reported that the team had a pack culture and compiled an alarming record of alcohol-related misconduct, but found no evidence of racial or sexual violence on the part of players prior to the party in March.

Staff writer Jane Stancill contributed to this report.

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