Roof to get job over Ross, two others

Updated: December 4, 2003, 1:18 AM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ted Roof has been chosen as Duke's next football coach, a source close to the program told The Associated Press late Wednesday night.

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said athletic director Joe Alleva would recommend to the school's administration that Roof be hired over Bobby Ross and two other candidates.

Roof, the Blue Devils' defensive coordinator, was 2-3 as Duke's interim coach after Carl Franks was fired.

Roof, who has an unlisted phone number, and Alleva could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

The Herald-Sun of Durham and the school's newspaper also reported that Roof would be offered the job.

Roof is expected to be approved by the board of trustees at a Friday meeting and could be introduced as the new coach by this weekend, the source said.

Franks was fired on Oct. 19 following a dismal 7-45 career mark in 4½ seasons.

Under Roof, the Blue Devils snapped the program's 30-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak by beating Georgia Tech and ended its 13-game skid against rival North Carolina.

Two of Roof's three losses were close calls against Tennessee and N.C. State.

Roof was endorsed by the players one week after he took over for Franks.

"He's a terrific motivator. He turned the whole program around and he's done a great job, no doubt about it," Alleva said after the team's victory over the Tar Heels.

Alleva ended his interviews Monday.

Ross, 66, who took the San Diego Chargers to a Super Bowl and shared a national title with Colorado in 1990 as head coach of Georgia Tech, was the only high-profile coach Alleva interviewed.

Colgate coach Dick Biddle, a former Duke linebacker, and Washington Redskins assistant coach Hue Jackson also interviewed for the job.

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