Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Duke May Have 4 But Durham Has 5 National Basketball Championships or Make That 10!

It may be Duke’s 4th national championship but Durham is also home to another university that has won a national championship for men’s basketball.

North Carolina Central University, just turned Division I but it won the Division II national championship in 1989.  So that’s five for Durham.3769918

And the win last night by a Duke team that earned “greatness” is also the 10th national championship in all for the Durham NC Metro Area which includes rival University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kind of puts Coach Wooden’s 10 in 12 years at UCLA into perspective.

Congratulations to Coach K, his assistants and the student-athletes and the administration at Duke for not only setting a standard for winning but for academics. And now that baseball season starts, we’re reminded that the Durham Bulls have also brought national championship fame to this community.

In fact, I have fond memories of running into Thomas Hill from the team that had just won it all in 1991 outside the Historic Durham Athletic Park.  They were looking for Durham Bull’s tickets and I was happy to offer them mine as a way of saying thanks.

Durham truly is “Where Great Things Happen!”

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