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The Duke game and "profanity"

Once again, I've seen complaints about the "profanity" directed at Duke in general -- and Jon Scheyer in particular -- from fans at Comcast Center during Wednesday's game.

Lots of people feel these lewd chants are not becoming, not classy. And not clever.

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This is an issue at lots of schools.

I've asked Maryland about this before, and the school has said it is trying to foster sportsmanship. Consider the video messages from Gary Williams on the subject that are played at Comcast Center.

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By the way, the school says it can't eject fans for yelling obscenities because that's protected speech.

I reported in September on a Maryland athletic department report outlining five-year goals. I was interested to note that among the goals was offering prizes for best "opponent-specific cheer" at games. The report said students should be "effective and creative."

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