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Weekend trips can be more hassle than help

Originally Published: September 5, 2006
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

The spirit of the NCAA's foreign tour rule is for the trip to be educational. The idea is to take players to a foreign land, play some hoops and get some culture.

When Duke went to London in 2002 over Midnight Madness weekend, though, the byproduct of the trip was that the Blue Devils, by rule, were allowed to begin practicing 10 days before everyone else. A few conferences, noting that not all schools have a fall break like Duke's that enabled the trip at that time, were annoyed enough ...

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