Team preview: Duquesne

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Every year at this time, college basketball writers speculate on such things as who will be a particular league's top newcomer and its eventual player of the year. It's the nature of the beast. Sadly, another thing that sports writers commonly examine at this time of the year is which coaches are on the hot seat.

Last year, the Atlantic 10 coach on the hottest of hot seats was then-UMass head man Steve Lappas. We all know what happened there. Lappas was canned at season's end and replaced by up-and-comer Travis Ford.

This year, the man in the A-10 feeling the most heat is Duquesne head coach Danny Nee, who is 39-78 in four years with the Dukes. The man who hired him, athletic director Brian Colleary, resigned in mid-May and was succeeded by former Xavier associate athletic director Greg Amodio. During his decade at Xavier, Amodio worked with Skip Prosser and Thad Matta. He knows what winning basketball is all about, and the truth is, Duquesne hasn't won that often on Nee's watch.