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Big Ten's Wayne Duke instrumental in development of NCAA tournament

Big Ten's Wayne Duke instrumental in development of NCAA tournament

College basketball fans should give thanks to Wayne Duke during the Final Four this weekend. And that goes tenfold for college coaches and administrators. He was a driving force in making the NCAA tournament what it is today, and in the process, helped put millions — make that billions — of dollars in university pockets.

Duke, 88, passed away Wednesday. The Big Ten commissioner from 1971 through 1989, Duke had a profound impact on college sports.

Duke's successor, Jim Delany, hardly makes an understatement in saying, "Wayne was a giant in the world of college athletics administration during times of great change."

The modern NCAA basketball tournament is one of...

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