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Date Posted: Saturday, August 21, 09:41:28pm
Author: El Duque
Subject: Here is, I think, a worthwhile topic for discussion

The selection of Greg Gattusso into Duquesne's athletic hall of fame is a no-brainer. Man had the best record in the history of the sport at DU, and along with Dan McCann and Elmer Layden will always rate as one of the best and most memorable.

The selection of a prominent booster to the HOF is what I'd like to kick around. And please, let me preface this discussion by saying that this is not meant to disparage the gentleman who has been selected this year, or anyone who has been selected in past years. What I want to kick around is the notion of electing non-athletes and non-coaches into an athletic HOF.

I'll start the discussion by saying two things:

1. I think there are other ways for the athletic department to recognize donors than to elect them into the hall. You can, for example, name something on one of our facilities for them. You can set up a separate plaque or wall of honor with the names of all of our significant boosters. In other words, I think their contributions should be acknowledged, but separately from the coaches and athletes.

2. There are a number of deserving athletes who should be well-qualified who haven't been elected to the HOF. I've taken the time to nominate a couple, and based on their achievements as athletes, I'm perplexed by the fact that they haven't gotten in. Now, when you add to that the fact that several boosters have gotten in during the past couple of years, it just seems to be a bit unfair.

Again, I'm not knocking anyone and I am appreciative that these boosters have supported the University and the Dukes.

Your thoughts?

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