Posted: 2:13 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
As you know, Duke, somewhat belatedly, figured out that football cannot simply be ignored. In a world where football is at the center of college sports, you simply can’t. Realignment seems to have settled down, fortunately, but you can imagine that every school in the country has contingency plans. If the ACC at some point fractures (it seems unlikely now but who knows?), then Duke cannot simply count on basketball to preserve its position. Football needs to be an appealing product as well.
Along those lines, renovating Wallace Wade becomes a priority. A few years ago, the bathrooms were still depression era. There was a certain amount of sentimentality involved when you pee in the same trenches as your grandfather did, but that really doesn’t take you very far. The plumbing at the old DAP was of a similar vintage, and we’ve all gotten used to the new ballpark.
All that said, Wallace Wade has some beautiful bones. Does it need some work? Unquestionably. Once done, though, and with a fun offense like the sort taught by David Cutcliffe (we expect there will be an emphasis put on entertaining football for the foreseeable future, no matter who the coach is), Duke football could again become a compelling experience.