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Blue Devil | Duke University Mascot

The Duke University Board of Trustees lifted their ban of football on campus which lead to an interest in naming the athletic teams. The team was then known as the Blue and White. The student newspaper, The Chronicle, launched a campaign to create a new mascot. Nominations for a new team name were narrowed down to those that utilized the school colors of dark blue and white. The narrowed list consisted of Blue Titans, Blue Eagles, Polar Bears, Blue Devils, Royal Blazes, and Blue Warriors. That year, the football season passed with no official selection. During the 1922–1923 year, student leaders and the editors of two other student publications, The Archive and The Chanticleer, decided that the newspaper staff should decide the name on their own because the nomination process had proved inconclusive. These publications began referring to the athletic teams as the Blue Devils. Though the name was not officially used that year, no opposition to the name arose. The Chronicle's staff continued to use the name and eventually Blue Devils became the official mascot and nickname of the Duke University athletics program.

Cameron Crazies

Weeks before major men’s basketball home games, Duke students begin to gather outside the stadium, a tradition that is now legendary in college sports lore. Duke fans set up and sleep in tents according to strict rules established by the student government in order to gain admittance to the game. Electric outlets have been installed in lampposts and the area has been equipped with wireless internet access to encourage studying. Lines form early for entrance into a game, which is one of the toughest tickets in college athletics. For many years, the Crazies have taken it to another extreme.  Nowhere else in college basketball will more than 1,200 brave the elements throughout the season in a tent city erected outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium, known as Krzyzewskiville, just to get a seat at a Blue Devil game.

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