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Fans and Players Sound Off on Coach Roof’s Career

Posted November 24, 2007
Updated November 25, 2007

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— The annual Duke-Carolina football game was overshadowed Saturday by rumors this may be Blue Devils coach Ted Roof's last game.

With only six wins in four-plus seasons at Duke, some folks are saying it is time for a change. A tough overtime loss Saturday – as the Tar Heels beat Duke 20-14 – didn't help matters.

“I think they need to give him another chance. You know maybe next year will be a better year,” Duke fan Bryan Ayers said.

Duke players had a unified message when asked about their coach.

“I think it would be an injustice to all the players if they let coach Roof go,” defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase said.

“Coach Roof has always been there for us. His family, always taking us in on the holidays when we're not able to go home because of schedules and things like that,” free safety Chris Davis said.

Coach Roof said hearing that his players support him is what it's all about.

“It makes you feel good that your players believe in you and respect you,” he said.

Bill Brill has been a Duke fan for more than 50 years. For more than a decade, he has written a column in the Blue Devil Weekly.

“I don't think you give your fans any real idea of hope when you're going to have a new program, and you don't change coaches,” Brill said.

Despite the poor record, some fans said Roof was still a winner to them.

“We think he's maximized the program as much as he can, given the resources. He has definitely, significantly upgraded the recruiting. Given the program's financial capabilities, he has done what he can,” Duke fan Will Lang said.

Roof said he hopes to continue building the Duke football program.

If you liken the college football season to a semester of academic work, Roof's first 11 games represent 70 percent of his grade. But the Duke-Carolina game is both the final exam and extra credit.

If the Blue Devils had won Saturday, Roof could have received passing marks and returned for another year. Instead, his team's inspired effort fell short.

Roof has one year remaining on his contract, but his teams have lost 45 of 51 games.

Although this squad made progress on offense and played more competitively than last year, Duke still finished 1-11 – again going 0-8 in the ACC.

Roof is scheduled to meet with Duke athletics director Joe Alleva within the next couple of days to talk about his future with the team.


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  • Duke_Blue_For_Life Nov 26, 2007

    You remind me of a chameleon.....while Duke was having such a horrible year in BB last year, whose bleachers were you on? Duke, as every Dookie knows, is about loyality!!! Are you the one who started the rumors last year to get rid of coach K because they weren't shining??? Ted Roof is giving 100% of himself to Duke, so why can't the fans? If you are going to wear Royal Blue, your loyality needs to be there through the good, bad and ugly!!!!Go Duke and Coach Ted Roof

  • gnew46 Nov 25, 2007

    UNC fan here. Duke should not blame Coach Roof for the school's lack of emphasis on Football. If Duke wants to compete at a higher level, the Coaches should be given the tools they need to do so. Coach Roof is a good man and well respected by his players. The Devils played some very close games this year, including the overtime loss to Carolina.

  • retired and luv it Nov 25, 2007

    Coach Roof should see the light. It ain t going to happen for him at Duke and he should move on. Why waste another year.
    I don t think, it will happen for the next coach either until Duke puts the $$ behind the program and facility and perhaps that isn t thier priortiy right now.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Nov 25, 2007

    "UNC fired Bunting and spent big bucks to get Davis. Did it really make a difference in the number of wins...NO!."

    Uh, it's been one year, and almost all the players were not Davis' recruits.

    Back on the topic though, I've never understood the "he has to win this game to keep his job" thing. Either your program is on the right track or it's not, and it won't be if your coach has to keep winning one rivalry game every year to keep his job.

  • OhYea Nov 25, 2007

    If Duke is not going to upgrade its football program, they should probably stop wasting money and get out of football. It won't kill em.

  • Halyard Nov 25, 2007

    Sign him up for life.

    Go Pack

  • zoocrew1 Nov 25, 2007

    kwnelson1 wouldnt happen duke is in the BIG 4. And if they were not in the big 4. either they are all the way in the acc or not in at all. acc wont allow that

  • terrible terrier Nov 25, 2007

    Suppose Duke football drops to a weaker conference (where they would be competitive) but Duke basketball remains in the ACC. The ACC could then invite a school with a strong football but weak basketball program to replace Duke in football?

  • diesel-cop Nov 25, 2007

    Well in the "real" world, if the job is not getting done, you hire someone who can. Oh, but what was I thinking, let's just keep the coach pay him $$$ for trying! All that money in his checking account & retirement, yep, I feel sorry for him.... Not !

  • zoocrew1 Nov 25, 2007

    dmccall while its true that everyone gets their share of the pot from the acc. Duke's facilities stink. The acc doesnt pay for them to upgrade their stadiums. Its all donated money etc etc. No recruit is going to go to duke to play football when the university isnt putting some money into it make it state of the art. When the NCST, UNC, and just every other acc schools have nice facilities, the recruits like that. (shows them that the university is behind their program) So what happens while all the acc schools are getting their 3,4, and 5 star recruits. duke is getting 1,2, and a couple of 3 star and people we have never heard of. If the duke family (the university, alumni, and boosters) are not going to put the time and effort into the football program, the recruits are not either