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THE DAMBROT DECISION
French Fryer

    I don't think anyone should be surprised that Akron basketball coach Keith Dambrot tokk another job, a higher-paying one in a much better conference.  Now Duquesne is far from paradise.  There's 14 teams in the Atlantic 10, and the Dukes were 14th.  But there's a family connection there, and Dambrot doesn't back down from a challenge.  For 13 years he was great, with a record 305 wins and 12 straight 21-win seasons.  But being king of a one-bid league still means you're in a one bid league, and that's what the MAC is.  Despite 53 wins the past two years, the Zips lost close games in the MAC finals and ended up in the NIT...on the road.  That wears on you.  The NCAA has made it clear: mid-majors aren't welcome in the Big Dance.  It comes down to three days in March, and that's just a crapshoot.  Thanks Coach D on the way out of town.  He was awesome.

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