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David Shumate Takes Over Duke Radio Duties

unnamedDURHAM, N.C. – David Shumate has been named the Director of Broadcasting for the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network and will serve as the play-by-play voice for Duke football and men’s basketball games, announced on Monday by Pat Streko, General Manager of Duke’s IMG property.

Behind the microphone, Shumate replaces Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Harris, who retired in March following 41 years as the Voice of the Blue Devils.

“I am extremely thankful for this incredible opportunity as I’ve admired and respected the Duke brand from afar for many, many years and could not be more excited to join two championship caliber programs,” Shumate said. “I will strive to represent Duke University and IMG in the same manner as the legendary Bob Harris – his legacy as the Voice of the Blue Devils is unrivaled and I’m humbled to follow him. I’m grateful to Pat Streko of IMG and Dr. White, Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Krzyzewski at Duke for their support and I can’t wait to get to work.”

A native North Carolinian, Shumate spent the last five years as IMG’s Director of Audio Operations. His broadcasting experience includes play-by-play duties for the Mid-American Conference championship football game (2010-16), SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament (2011-17) and SEC Baseball Tournament (2013-17).

Shumate, who also has handled basketball play-by-play responsibilities for Auburn, Connecticut, Duke, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Washington and West Virginia, graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in communication with a concentration in electric media and broadcasting.

“Our search to replace Bob Harris brought many excellent candidates into the fold, and David’s lengthy list of attributes placed him at the top,” Streko said. “We are confident Duke fans worldwide will come to admire and enjoy David’s broadcasting style as he shares his view with great passion and poise. We are absolutely thrilled about David joining the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.”

Shumate will begin his duties on July 1. Duke opens the 2017 gridiron season on Saturday, September 2 at home against N.C. Central.

Radio broadcasts on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network can be heard on a network of stations across the state of North Carolina, on GoDuke.com and TuneIn Radio. A complete listing of network affiliates may be found on GoDuke.com.

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“To be sure, David Shumate will be a terrific addition to the Duke radio broadcasts. We lost a legend when Bob Harris retired from his position after more than four decades of brilliant service to Duke. We believe David can provide the same acute insight and unwavering integrity that Duke fans have come to expect, while providing his own unique voice and perspective to the broadcasts. This is an outstanding hire, and one that will benefit Duke student-athletes, coaches and fans alike for years to come!”
-- Dr. Kevin White, Vice President and Director of Athletics, Duke University

“All Duke fans are in for a treat with David Shumate calling the action as his demeanor, consistency and passion will easily translate over the airwaves. We could not be more thrilled to have David join the Blue Devil family – I am confident he will represent Duke with the highest level of professionalism and integrity. We’ve made a home run hire.”
-- David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach, Duke University

“We are excited that David Shumate is joining the Duke family. His tireless work ethic, abundant humility and professional patience have led him to this point. We know of his outstanding work first hand, and look forward a long relationship developing between our fans and David as he brings the games to life to those following Duke across the country. We’re confident they’ll like what they hear. And we know, as a basketball program, that we’re going to enjoy working closely with David on a daily basis.”
-- Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Duke University

A High Noon Showdown Duke at GT

Like this weeks opponent Gaorgia Tech, Duke is coming off a bye week.  The two programs have a stand-off tomorrow at hight noon in Atlanta where Duke will try to gain their first conference win.

Jela-Duncan-NCCUThe game will feature the leagues longest reigning active coaches in David Cutcliffe and Paul Johnson.  There was a time when the Jackets seemed to enjoy running up the score on Duke but the last two wins are held by the Blue Devils.

While you may not see it on the surface or in pre game comments, these two programs don't like each other a lot.  In a sense, there is now a rivalry here and there and Duke likes to recruit in Georgia.

It took a bit for Duke to get the monkey off their backs with concern to the Jackets early dominance since Johnson's arrival.  Duke has since close the gap but has taken a step back this year being saddled with injuries.

Duke has had some success against the option, but Georgia Tech disguises their plays better than Army and they throw the ball well when needed.

Coming into the game, Georgia Tech is listed a 7 point favorite.  For what it's worth, Duke, 3-4 on the season, will be underdogs in their final five games.

This  should prove an interesting game.  Duke still has hopes of winning games and getting to a bowl.  Meanwhile. the Yellow Jackets have had this game circled on their calendar for revenge.

What we will likely see is a hard-fought physical game where as usual, turnovers will play a major role.  To win, Duke must protect the ball.  When they have done so, they've found the victory column, when they haven't they;ve suffered key ACC losses.

Expect this one to go down t the wire.  We'll take Duke in an upset 28-27.  If there are three or more turnovers, the Yellow Jackets will win in double digits.