Duke basketball: Jon Scheyer encourages fans to support football program

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer is encouraging fans to support the football team. 

Duke basketball is always at the forefront of people’s minds in Durham but head coach Jon Scheyer wants fans to get excited about the upcoming football season that has many wondering if the Blue Devils can get the next step in the development under Mike Elko.

Elko led Duke to an incredible 9-4 (5-3 ACC) season in his first year as a head coach, which was capped off by a victory in the Military Bowl.

Now, there are expectations on the shoulders of the Blue Devils and a much more daunting schedule that the team will face, including its opening night matchup at home on Monday, September 4 against No. 9 Clemson (8:00p.m. ET, ESPN).

Jon Scheyer, when addressing the media on Wednesday from Cameron Indoor Stadium, said that he wants fans to be excited and encouraged in the fall by supporting the football team.

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“I’ll tell you, with what other sports are doing here, they’ve done an incredible job. Specifically, Mike Elko, with our football team,” Scheyer said.

“I think he’s an incredible coach. I’m excited to support those guys this year with what they’ve done. I think all of us at Duke should do the same.”

Scheyer recently attended a football training camp practice and Blue Devil alum Jay Bilas gave a motivating speech to the team last week.

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Jon Scheyer began talking on the topic when asked his thoughts of the conference realignment in college sports, specifically with rumors around the ACC of potentially adding California, Stanford, and Southern Methodist to the conference.

“It’s hard to predict what’s coming next, and I think I’d be naive to sit up here and say nothing’s going to happen. I think things will happen in the future, but we need to focus on what we can control,” Scheyer added.

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He also stated that he has full confidence in Duke President Vincent Price and Director of Athletics Nina King.

Duke’s basketball season will begin on Monday, November 6 against Dartmouth in Durham.

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