I would like to drop a quick congratulations to a team that richly deserves it, so here goes: to the Duke University men’s lacrosse team for making it to the 2007 NCAA Final Four. What seemed a certainty in March of 2006 was deferred for a year. And for all the young men on the team, that year probably felt more like a decade.
Everybody knows the story about the Duke lacrosse case from last year. But one thing I have yet to hear from anyone associated with Duke’s administration is an apology. An apology to the student-athletes who were all painted with the same broad brush of Political Correctness: Elitist, rich, spoiled, racist, misogynist and unrepentant. And worst of all, rapists. These young men were castigated by fellow students, alumni, the Durham, N.C. community and worst of all, the school’s administration. So shame on all of them, and more specifically Duke’s President, Dr. Brodhead.
Apparently, they don’t teach the presumption of innocence before guilt at Duke.
Even a die-hard Terps loyalist such as myself knows these players deserve some respect for all the unfair pressure they’ve had to endure for the past year. So, believe it or not, I’m rooting for the Blue Devils to win this weekend’s Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium. If they do, I hope they get rings made for Colin Finnerty, Reade Seligman, David Evans and their former coach who was forced out by an administration that abandoned him, Mike Pressler.
Oh, and if you do win it all, Blue Devils, there’s one thing you should be sure to leave off the ring: the Duke logo.