Tuesday, September 6, 1977 The Daily Tar Heel 7
By GENE UPCHURCH
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DURHAM - One of the most unpredictable teams
this year m the Atlantic Coast Conference is the Duke
Picked to finish anywhere from third to sixth in the
conference race this season, the Devils have the
potential to have an outstanding season or a
A good indication of the way the Duke season will
go comes this Saturday here when East Carolina tries
for a 2-0 record against ACC opponents this season.
The Pirates defeated N.C. State last weekend 28-23
and would love nothing more than to go undefeated
against ACC foes this year by downing Duke.
But, despite what might happen against ECU, the
Devils the very next week must travel to Michigan,
ranked as one of the top teams in the country, to play
before 101,000 screaming Wolverine fans in Ann
"If it turns out that we're 0-2, that'll just be water
under the bridge," says Duke linebacker Carl McGee.
"We have to look ahead. If we play good ball and they
outclass us, we'll just keep looking ahead. If we start 2-
0, we'll be right on schedule."
One reason for the unpredictability of the Blue
. Devils this season was their unpredictability last
' season. Duke did not win two games in a row nor did
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The Duke team scored 31 points last season against
eventual national champion Pittsburgh, the second
highest number of points the Blue Devils scored all
season (the highest was 38 in a losing effort in the
season finale to Carolina). Yet the team could muster
only a tie against Clemson, last place finisher in the
Duke is led this season by quarterback M ike Dunn,
selected by conference sportswriters as the preseason
all-conference quarterback in a conference packed
with experienced, talented signal callers. Dunn
himself constantly is a threat to opponents and
personally slithered to four touchdowns against
Carolina. His high game in total offense also was
against Carolina when he picked up 239 yards in one
of only five performances whertfhe had 200-yard plus
afternoons. He led the ACC in total offense with 166.8
I pamt u4! tc Keying on uunn more tins season in
anttempt toshut down his running, so he has spent
much of the preseason trying to improve his passing.
More pressure will fall on the offensive line to protect
Dunn, but many veterans return to shoulder the
"The offensive line is more experienced," says senior
center Frank DeStefano, one of the co-captains. "We
got a lot of experience just being out there last season.
Last year we were a good line and this year we're going
to act like a good line should. Our experience is
rubbing off on the younger players.
"We've alw ays felt we've had a good team," he says.
"We're going to prove it this year. We've always played
tough and strong. Now we must be consistent. We've
got to take each game one at a time. Once you get into
preseason, you have to look at one game at a time."
DeStefano says one of the big problems that
hindered the Blue Devils last season was "mental
lapses" where the team would forget they were in a
game for just a minute and allow the other team to
score or make a big gain.
"We've got to be more consistent." he says.
"Everybody's fairly experienced now, especially on
offense. You've got to adopt a certain attitude. Like,
I'm not worried if a guard will get his block. I'm just
worried about myself. We've got to get rid of our
The other co-captain for the team, defensive end
Jeff Green, says he was disappointed in last season's
record and says the first game this season is crucial.
"Last year, before the season, I looked at our
.schedule and predicted we would go 9-2, maybe 8-3,"
he says. "Then at the end ol the season. 1 looked at our
final record and saw losses where I was sure there
would be wins. Well, it hurt."
Green says the defense also will be more
"The secondary is the best I've ever seen it." he says.
More than just the won-loss record is riding on the
success of this season's team. Coach Mike McCee's
head is on the chopping block.
Several reports from within the Duke athletic
administration say that if McGee doesn't have a
winning season, he will be replaced after the season is
over. Other reports are that the team must win at least
seven games for him to keep his job. McGee's record at
Duke, a dismal 28-34-4, is not acceptable to many
Blue Devil supporters and this is reflected in
dwindling ticket sales. For example, when Duke
played Pitt here last year, tickets were sold for as little
as $2 near gametime, but Wallace Wade Stadium
"Students ask us why we aren't doing as good as
State or Carolina," Green says. "We hear the static
around campus and know the bigger wheels are
"The seniors discussed it. We decided it was the
media. We haven't been losing, but we haven't been
winning. We came in winners and would like to leave
winners. We feel we are representing him. We are
doing his work. We are the instrument that makes him
stay or leave."
"All that is. is a rumor," says linebacker Carl
McGee. "It never fell into our minds because why
should it? We're just concentrating on our season. We
can't let anything like this deter us from preparing for
In addition to the opening games against East
Carolina and Michigan. Duke faces nonconference
opponents Navy in Durham, South Carolina in
Columbia and Georgia Tech in Atlanta as well as a full
slate of conference games, with road games at
Virginia. Maryland and Wake Forest.
New soccer head has much experience
Dorrance says coaching change to be minor
By TOD HUGHES
Few coaches are so completely involved or
so totally dedicated to their sport as Anson
Dorrance, Carolina's new head soccer
Dorrance was born and raised abroad,
having been born in India and spending his
youth in such places as Kenya, Ethiopia,
Singapore, Belgium and Switzerland. He
first picked up the game of soccer in Kenya,
and then developed his skills in a Swiss high
school. But at that time, soccer was not
foremost in his mind.
"The school I went to was a small prep
school," Dorrance said, "and you played all
sports. We only had 20 seniors in our class,
and I played everything from football to
volleyball, softball to tennis and skiing, and
all of us were on all the teams. So it wasn't as
if I'took any particular interest in soccer."
Dorrance then came to the United States
to attend college, first at St. Mary's in San
Antonio, Tex. He planned to focus on
tennis, although he did start at fullback on
St. Marys' 15-1 state championship soccer
team that year. He transferred to Carolina
after one semester, coming to UNC as a
second semester freshman in the spring of
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That faff foe was Ineligible because he had
transferred, so he worked out with the
varsity, played rugby, and did a lot of
intramurals; he was named Intramural
Athlete of the Year as a sophomore.
Dorrance broke into the starting lineup
the following fall, and in his three years of
eligibility made all-conference each year, as
well as being an All-South selection, captain
of the team, and the Educational
Foundation Award winner as the most
outstanding soccer senior in his final season.
Dorrance has coached on both the youth
and club levels, having been involved with
the Rainbow Soccer program and the
Chapel H ill Soccer Club. He assisted M arvin
Allen last season, and was made head coach
following Allen's retirement.
"I played for him for three years,"
Dorrance said. "I know his coaching style,
and a lot of the stuff that he has done I have
also adopted in my system. I developed
under him, so I don't think the transition is
going to be that dramatic in terms of
coaching style. I don't feel the least bit self
conscious about replacing an institution like
Dr. Allen because I'm basically a product of
the very institution he stood for."
"I want to be a very aggressive team, and
very fit, but at the same time extremely
skilled. The emphasis in the past, because we
couldn't recruit outstanding players because
we didn't have scholarship money, was that
Dr. Allen would recruit'good players and
develop a competitive team by encouraging
fitness and aggressive play. Now that we've
got some skilled players, we can continue to
encourage fitness and aggressive play, but
now we can add another dimension, skill."
The new facet of scholarship help for
soccer players will bolster the UNC program
and make it nationally competitive in years
to come, helping to balance out the
advantage the north has always had in
"A lot of the ethnics settled up there and
they brought the game in a lot earlier,"
Dorrance said. "They've been organized
much longer and they do play a full year,
whereas down here the average player plays
three months and then plays baseball or
something. In a game like soccer it's so
difficult to learn how to use the ball properly,
you've got to play it year-round just to
understand how the ball works.
"The only way the team here is ever going
to be a national contender is for the North
Carolinian to be a national-caliber athlete.
As soon as the North Carolinian develops
and as soon as his caliber of play gets better,
so will ours as a school. We can use
scholarships right now, but we can't use very
many. We have enough to make us
regionally competitive. To make us
nationally competitive we have to bring in
these big guns from out-of-state and then fill
in all the spaces around them with local
athletes that are outstanding but don't need
Despite the demands of a full-time head
coaching position, Dorrance finds time to be
involved in many facets of North Carolina
soccer, the development of which is one of
his major interests. He is the president of the
N.C. Soccer Association, which is the
governing body for soccer in the state.
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