Ben Cohen

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Fuqua Football

The only desk on the fifth floor of the Yoh Football Center is in an unoccupied-area-turned-office, surrounded by a bookshelf, two storage closets and a door leading to the roof. One floor below, head coach Ted Roof can peer through his window into Wallace Wade Stadium, where he roams the sideline on autumnal Saturday afternoons and tries to execute a game plan that will end a cycle of failure. At his desk, B.J. Naedele sits with his back to Wally Wade.

A roof terrace blocks his view of the grassy gridiron, making it impossible for Naedele, the only man on the highest level of the building, to even catch a glimpse of an upright. That’s fitting, because Duke’s new Director of Football Relations is the only coach that does not need to see the field to do his job. He may be better off by not looking–at least right now.

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