The Dukes are 11-3, have an RPI of 41, are ranked 25th in the USA Today Sagarin Ratings, and are a threat to crack the AP Top 25 with a win this Sunday at Rhode Island. Despite all of Duquesne's success this year few people in the Pittsburgh media are giving the Duquesne Basketball Program the time of day. What's the deal?
The 07-08 Dukes are a great story:
- Duquesne has been a doormat for over a decade.
- Last season several of Duquesne's players were shot on campus. All but one of those players is now playing basketball again at a high level.
- One year after the shooting the Dukes are excelling while playing basketball the right way with players who do not get into trouble off the court.
- And on top of all of that the Dukes play an exciting uptempo game on the court.
Why not write this story? Why not talk about this team?It is time to take this matter into our own hands. I am asking Dukes Court readers to contact some local writers and ask for them to give our Dukes some positive press.
Here are some members of the Pittsburgh sports media to consider emailing:
Bob Smizik: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gene Collier: email@example.com
Ron Cook: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Starkey: email@example.com
Mike Prisuta: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Bendel: email@example.com
Ellis Cannon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocco DeMaro: email@example.com
Not everyone is ignoring the Duquesne Basketball Program. Dave Mackall from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has done a solid job covering the Dukes this year, your hard work has not gone unnoticed Mr. Mackall. Joe DeStio used his "Inside Look" segment on ESPN Radio 1250 this morning to highlight the Dukes and their game on Sunday against Rhode Island. DeStio did a nice story about Shawn James and his younger brother Delroy who is now a sophomore at Rhode Island.
Let's spread the word about Duquesne Basketball!
I have already exchanged a few emails with Bob Smizik from the PG. Smizik plans to attend a Dukes game this season and write an article about the Dukes. Smizik on the Dukes: "I love the work that Ron Everhart is doing and have written about it in the past."
Joe Starkey just got back to me, he has attended four Dukes games this season and written several articles about the Dukes this year. I am a big fan of Starkey, he did predict a Duquesne victory in the City Game after all. Starkey writes for the Trib and does a Saturday radio show on ESPN Radio 1250.
A friend of Dukes Court, Brad Grantz, recently traveled to New Hampshire to campaign for John McCain. Grantz wrote an article about his experience on the campaign that was published by the PG.