Duke football: in their hearts, they know they suck.

The Wiz links to this rather amazing story about a lawsuit filed by Louisville against Duke as a result of the latter’s backing out of a four game contract to play.

What’s remarkable isn’t the suit itself, but Duke’s defense to Louisville’s claim for damages.

… The contract called for a penalty of $150,000 per game if a date with a “team of similar stature” could not be arranged.

Duke’s lawyers argued the Blue Devils, which have a record of 6-45 over the past five seasons, were so bad that any team would be a suitable replacement[Emphasis added.]

That turned out to be a winning strategy, as the court ruled in Duke’s favor.

“At oral argument, Duke (with a candor perhaps more attributable to good legal strategy than to institutional modesty) persuasively asserted that this is a threshold that could not be any lower. Duke’s argument on this point cannot be reasonably disputed by Louisville.”

Kentucky courts interpret contract terms “according to their plain and ordinary meaning” barring any ambiguity. According to Shepherd, finding a suitable replacement literally meant any NCAA Division I team would suffice – including those in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA.)

How quick do you think this gets incorporated into rivals’ recruiting pitches?

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2 responses to “Duke football: in their hearts, they know they suck.

  1. In their heart, they know they feel miserable knowing the fact that they are suck

  2. My folks and I had season tickets to Duke games back when I was in high school. Cheap tix, easy parking, solid Philly cheesesteaks. And then I went to college at UGA. Bit of a culture shock.