ClusterF*^$% in Process

If you haven’t seen this article from the News & Observer then you need give it a read. The door is opening…it may not be long until Duke shoots themselves in the head with a full-scale campus civil war.

In the ongoing debate about athletics at Duke University, a new idea has emerged: Why not assign professors to sports teams to improve communication and understanding? The proposal to pair faculty associates to sports teams is drawing cheers and sneers on a campus divided on the role of sports.

The program is the brainchild of Paul Haagen, head of Duke’s Academic Council and a law professor who teaches sports law. About 80 faculty members have expressed interest, he said. “Duke invests a lot in athletics,” Haagen said Wednesday. “It’s probably a good idea if you know about athletics.”

A professor would be assigned to a sport but would not be expected to monitor or report on a team. Faculty members could attend practices, travel with the team occasionally and get to know athletes and coaches.

The proposal, scheduled for discussion today, has elicited scorn from professors who think Duke should de-emphasize sports in the aftermath of the men’s lacrosse scandal.

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46 Responses to ClusterF*^$% in Process

  1. redfred2 09/21/2006 at 3:28 PM #

    Will the professor’s have to answer, and possibly face being fired just like their university counterparts and employees, the coaches, when an athlete or something in the department goes awry?

    Just wondering?

    The literature professor’s own students are caught doing similar stuff all of the time, yet you never hear of it. Then the professor sits smugly in his state provided classroom, openly bashing athletics to a lit. a major who will get drunk, start a fight, and be jailed latter on that evening. Does that professor have to worry about it, or face any personal ramifications from it? Not hardly.

    Making them answer to the same standards would be something refreshing in my mind anyway. It would open up, or should I say shut down, some approaches to actual teaching in the classrooms.

  2. packpigskinfan23 09/21/2006 at 3:30 PM #

    ^BoKnows-sounds like the profs are trying to get in on the fun them selves!!!!

  3. BladenWolf 09/21/2006 at 3:30 PM #

    I imagine there’s more than enough manure piling up in the OTHER corners of The Triangle for me to pile on at this juncture…

    I can still remember having to (try to) explain some of our own student athletes actions when I was in school, and I for one will resist pointing the boney finger of indignation at this time.

    May the boys (and girls) in both hues of blue try to “out-do” each other on this one. I’ll just sit back and smirk if you don’t mind.

  4. BoKnowsNCS71 09/21/2006 at 3:31 PM #

    Just a litttle humor for the day.

  5. Cardiff Giant 09/21/2006 at 3:31 PM #

    The Duke faculty arrogance is overwhelming.

    And yes, the lacrosse case is a whore making accusations. Everything else about it is mere lipstick on that pig.

  6. BladenWolf 09/21/2006 at 3:39 PM #

    Wasn’t it a Dook Social Science Professor that was walking around in class the day after the Lacrosse party asking his students to “Smell my finger”?

  7. BladenWolf 09/21/2006 at 3:39 PM #

    Sorry… I couldn’t resist.

  8. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 09/21/2006 at 3:41 PM #

    I don’t agree with many laws that our representatives pass so the it’s illegal arguement doesn’t mean a thing to me. Driving 56 in a 55 is illegal and dangerous too but wtf cares? If someone is drunk and boating throw the book at them but if someone blows some random number in a machine that means nothing to me and it is just another way to get the average person into ‘the system.’

    As far as the faculty being involved with athletics- I see nothing positive about getting bureaucrats involved with athletics. Won’t be long before they are teaching the football team that hitting isn’t polite and it is illegal.

  9. Champs 09/21/2006 at 4:14 PM #

    ^Hey rebel-without-a-cause,
    Charles Manson thinks sending people under his mind control out to kill unsuspect individuals should not be against law either.

    Jeffrey Dolmer didn’t agree that killing people and eating their body parts should be illegal so it didn’t matter to him.

    Right/Wrong are not realative no matter how much people would like for them to be.

  10. Woof Wolf 09/21/2006 at 4:40 PM #

    Yeah, and we can send the OL to serve at the Chancellor’s Fund

  11. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 09/21/2006 at 4:43 PM #

    Champs- Thanks for your point of view though I couldn’t disagree with you more. I subscribe to the idea that if you are not endangering someone else’s life, liberty or property it is no one’s business.

    This is a great big universe and just because 51% of 100 or so old men say something is right or wrong doesn’t make it fact. It may make it law but not fact.

  12. PAPacker 09/21/2006 at 5:40 PM #

    SFN, one thought. I’ll probably get grief for this, but I think it undermines the credibility of the blog to use expletives in headlines. I know this is a blog, not a for-profit media outlet, but I think a little more decorum might be advantageous. Thoughts?

  13. Champs 09/21/2006 at 5:45 PM #

    You’re right in that a majority can make laws but that doesn’t determine what is right or wrong. What is right and wrong has already be decreed by the only One that matters.

  14. WolfPup35 09/21/2006 at 6:33 PM #

    Hrmmmm…..Stripper + College Athletes + Alcohol + Other Substances =Endless possibilities for absolute disaster. It’s not exactly calculus or quantum physics, is it? As for the profs wanting in…..well academics sometimes have a hard time getting laid in the first place. ;P

    The posse always gets some too! joking, joking!!

  15. Woof Wolf 09/21/2006 at 7:27 PM #


    Read the whole thread and then tell us why it’s the headline that offends you.

  16. WolfPup35 09/21/2006 at 7:39 PM #


    Oh, bloody hell, lighten up, eh mate??? If we all took things that seriously, nobody’d have any laughs, would they???

  17. vtpackfan 09/21/2006 at 8:09 PM #

    Would this be a chance for some of the Duke basketball players to meet a professor outside the sociology dept?

  18. packpigskinfan23 09/21/2006 at 8:09 PM #

    I mean this thread is all about fun right… strippers, booze, parties, sex…

  19. harrisek 09/22/2006 at 10:06 AM #

    It’s difficult for me to care what goes on at Duke as long as they stay on their side of the county line.

  20. BoKnowsNCS71 09/22/2006 at 12:41 PM #

    Strippers Banned From Duke Campus Events
    September 21, 2006

    DURHAM, N.C. — A policy banning strippers from on-campus events is back in the rule book at Duke University.

    The rule says “strippers may not be invited or paid to perform at events sponsored by individual students, residential living groups or cohesive units.”

  21. redfred2 09/23/2006 at 2:37 PM #

    I knew the Franklin Street crowd would be way ahead of the curve on this one as predicted earlier. It appears the Tar Heels actually suited up, and played the professors instead, down in Death Valley this weekend. What a program!

    Start the music, bring out the chairs, the possession of a hot seat is question here.

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