Team preview: Duke

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(All information as of July 1, 2005)


There are some clear indications that Ted Roof, in his second full year as Duke's head coach, is making progress with his program. He's bringing in better talent. He took decisive action to improve his awful offense, getting rid of his two most important offensive coaches. There is enough depth at some positions that a critical injury won't devastate an entire unit.

The problem is, the mountain the Blue Devils are trying to climb is so much steeper than ever, as the ACC settles into a 12-team, two-division format with the arrival of Boston College. So the reality is that Duke is likely going to remain mired in its same old position in the league standings.

Roof, the former All-ACC linebacker at Georgia Tech who took over for Carl Franks as the Duke coach midway through the 2003 season, is trying to make things better, even if it means making difficult decisions quickly.

When the Blue Devil offense finished last in the NCAA rankings in total offense, averaging just 266.4 yards per game, Roof fired first-year coordinator Marty Galbraith and brought in an old friend, former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who last year was the running backs coach for Ralph Friedgen at Maryland.