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How would you react if your son or daughter phoned you on after their last test of the spring semester and exclaimed they were transferring schools? Certainly my parents would flip out and consider transferring for my senior year next fall would absolutely be the wrong choice. Shucks, so much for attempting to try out for the Texas Long Horns football team!
Then there is the question of what would you say if you were the parents of Duke Blue Devils point guard, Greg Paulus, who has officially announced today he will attend Syracuse University next fall, as well as attempt to earn the starting quarterback role for their squad? Might you feel a tad bit concerned? Who knows exactly what is going through the minds of Mr. and Mrs. Paulus at the particular moment, but for a sports fan like myself and a Duke basketball one too, I am not a fan of Greg’s decision to try to play football for Syracuse.
Earlier this morning Greg appeared on ESPN’s First Take to discuss with Jay Crawford how this decision was made when he expressed, “My gut just told me there are a lot of good opportunities at Syracuse.” Well there are certainly a lot of good opportunities at Duke too, which was something hopefully Paulus learned over his last four years. Apparently it just feels that football is what he is passionate about and wants to leave his blue Nikes remaining on Tobacco road before driving North to Syracuse. Paulus was not redshirted when he showed up in Durham, North Carolina in August of 2005 and would be allowed by NCAA standards to play one more year of college athletics. Already a graduate of Duke, as of last weekend, Paulus will attempt to continue his education in earning a degree in communication.
During his college process, Paulus was approached by various top notched football schools according to FOX Sports that would have allowed him to play both football and basketball at the Division I level, yet would he have gotten any homework done? Probably not, which I guess is okay, but certainly that would have made plenty of sports nuts and I jealous! Paulus also added, “I know there might be some questions and concerns, but I am going to prepare and do the best that I can and let the dice roll the way it comes out.”
With this being the case it is finally time for me to add my two remaining cents about this story, which is that I believe Greg should have just finished his career with the Blue Devils. Even though Paulus did not see too much action this past winter, he was one of Coach K’s leaders and will surely be missed. Duke Athletics posted today the following about Paulus’s success:
As a member of the Blue Devils’ basketball team, Paulus played in 139 career games and is one of only 20 players to start in 100 contests at Duke. He is also one of 59 Duke players to score over 1,000 career points, ranking 41st all-time with 1,193 career points. Paulus finished his career ranked among the all-time Duke leaders in three-point field goals (8th, 210), three-point field goal attempts (9th, 527), three-point field goal percentage (T-6th, .398), assists (9th, 468) and steals (14th, 172) (http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=3738008)
So Greg, best of luck. I hope you eventually regret this decision because there is no guarantee that Syracuse will allow you to start as their quarterback and that the fans will accept you as a football player for their squad, not a former foe.
* Quotes for blog were from ESPN First Take on May 14, 2009.