Duke out to stir more craziness at home


This might come as welcome news to the UNLV student rooting section.

The Cameron Crazies, long believed to be the benchmark for college basketball rooting sections, are looking for a few good men ... and women.

With student attendance at Duke home games on the decline, the school's athletic department has made seats in Section 17 at Cameron Indoor Stadium available to the public.

According to the Duke school paper The Chronicle, there has been a nearly 50 percent drop-off from the 1,200 Crazies that normally pack the acclaimed student section. Approximately 650 students have regularly attended Duke home games this season.

"It has nothing to do with the revenue. We just want it to be full," Duke director of marketing and relations Mike Forman said. "If there were 1,200 students every game, we would love it."

The lack of student interest has forced the athletic department to sell about 300 tickets per game this season, priced at $65.

"The enthusiasm hasn't been there," Forman said. "(Coach Mike Krzyzewski) has had to drum up enthusiasm himself, which he shouldn't have to do. The students should be doing that themselves ... whether 500 or 1,200 of them are there."

■ HE HAS NO CHOICE -- New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley plans to do something he usually doesn't do, which is watch the Super Bowl.

Given he's participating in the game, Boley has no choice.

When he met with reporters Tuesday at the Giants' practice facility, Boley said he never watches the big game.

"I'm usually traveling somewhere," said Boley, who signed with the Giants in 2009. "Honestly, I can't remember the last one I watched."

■ AZTEC RAPPER -- San Diego State senior center Tim Shelton probably isn't going to join his famous father, Lonnie Shelton, in the NBA. But he might have a career in music.

Shelton produced and starred in "Aztec Motto," a 3-minute, 26-second rap video extolling the success of the San Diego State basketball team, which is 18-2, leading the Mountain West at 4-0 and ranked No. 13 in the nation.

The video made its debut to rave reviews before the Aztecs' Jan. 14 win over UNLV at Viejas Arena. Even Steve Fisher, the team's 66-year-old coach, approved.

"I thought it was terrific," Fisher told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "But my musical tastes tend to run more toward Elvis and the Everly Brothers than rap."

This rap video was Shelton's second. Last year, he paid homage to the Aztecs' Sweet 16 team with a video, "Game Time Ready."

■ PRO BOWL TWEETS -- In a departure from its normal operating procedures, the NFL will allow its players to tweet during Sunday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii. A special "Tweet Zone" on the NFC and AFC sidelines will be established where players can share their thoughts with fans.

Too bad Chad Ochocinco didn't make the game. It would have been hilarious to hear what he had to say.

COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

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