Saturday, December 6, 2003 Updated: December 8, 3:47 PM ET
Former Yellowjacket takes Blue Devil helm
DURHAM, N.C. -- Ted Roof was hired as Duke's football coach
Saturday, his five-week audition turning into a full-time job.
Duke athletic director Joe Alleva said Roof signed a long-term
contract. He was hired over three other candidates, including
former Detroit Lions coach Bobby Ross. Roof has no previous head
"He proved to me he could be a head coach in his audition,"
Roof was 2-3 as interim coach after Carl Franks was fired Oct.
19, breaking the program's 30-game conference losing streak with a
victory over Georgia Tech and a 13-game skid against rival North
Carolina. Two of the losses were close games against Tennessee and
North Carolina State.
"I've known what I've wanted to do since I was 17 years old,"
said Roof, a former Georgia Tech linebacker. "I wanted to be a
head football coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference. There has
been no other goal."
Since going to their last bowl in 1994, the Blue Devils have a
combined record of 18-83, including three 0-11 seasons.
"We have a great university to sell, not just in the state of
North Carolina but all over America," Roof said. "When you think
of Duke you think of excellence and respect.
"So, we're going to go after the best athletes in America that
can compete on the field for us and in the classroom. We will go
from the North Pole to the South Pole to find them and to educate
them about Duke."
The players endorsed the 39-year-old coach for the full-time job
one week after he took over for Franks.
"What the players said to me had absolutely nothing to do with
my decision -- zero," Alleva said. "What the players did on the
field had something to do with it."
Quarterback Chris Dapolito said the team meeting with Roof on
Saturday was upbeat.
"We got a little sample of what coach Roof could do for five
weeks," Dapolito said. " We're excited to see what he can do for
a whole year."