Wright leaving Duke staff for LSU
Former Duke football player Leon Wright is leaving the Blue Devils coaching staff for a position on Les Miles’ staff at Louisiana State, a Duke source confirmed on Wednesday.
Wright, Duke’s defensive quality control assistant coach since 2011, will be a graduate assistant at LSU, working with the Tigers’ defensive backs.
Wright played cornerback for the Blue Devils from 2006-09. He was an honorable mention all-ACC pick in 2009.
On Sept. 12, 2009, Wright had one of the finest games in Duke history when he returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 35-19 win at Army.
Wright received his degree in sociology from Duke in 2010 and signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s New York Giants. He returned to Duke on coach David Cutcliffe’s staff in January 2011.
Duke tops ACC in APR awards
Duke had an ACC-best 15 teams win NCAA Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence on Wednesday.
The Blue Devils’ men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and football teams were among the award winners.
Teams win awards for finishing in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for their respective sports.
The other 12 teams honored are baseball, women's fencing, men's golf, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, rowing, men's soccer, men's swimming and diving, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, volleyball and wrestling.
Boston College was second in the ACC with 13 teams winning APR awards. North Carolina and Wake Forest had five each while N.C. State had three.
Jimmy V Classic coming to Cameron
The Duke women’s basketball team will play reigning national champion Connecticut on Dec. 17 at Cameron Indoor Stadium as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
The game begins at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.
Proceeds from the game will go to the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
The Jimmy V Classic men’s games, also on Dec. 17, pit Cincinnati against Pittsburgh and Florida against Memphis in a doubleheader at New York’s Madison Square Garden. ESPN will televise those games.
Duke and Connecticut will meet for the fifth consecutive year.
The Huskies went 35-4 last season and won their eighth NCAA championship with a 93-60 dismantling of Louisville in the NCAA Tournament final.
Duke reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the fourth consecutive season, compiling a 33-3 record.
The Huskies and Blue Devils are projected as two of the nation’s top teams entering next season.