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Duke’s 1:30 a.m. practice would be violation … if it happened

Jan 24, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

So Dan Patrick created a bit of a stir this morning when he said on his morning show that, after Duke’s loss to Miami on Wednesday night, his team practiced for more than three hours — from 1:30 a.m. until 4:45 a.m. — the minute they got back to Durham.

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That would be a problem.

Because it’s illegal, per Rule 17.1.6.6.3:

Countable athletically related activities shall not occur between midnight and 5 a.m.

That would be an NCAA violation, and I think even Ronnie Ramos and Mark Emmert would agree.

Luckily, for Duke fans, it doesn’t look like that practice actually happened. Jeff Goodman, Doug Gottlieb, Andy Katz and basically everyone else with a source at Duke said the same thing. And, as it turns out, the Dan Patrick Show was joking about it more than reporting it:

So, yeah, nothing to see here.

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