Duke Blue Devils logo on the Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina
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The Duke Blue Devils are the intercollegiate sports teams representing Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The 27 varsity teams of the Duke Blue Devils include those competing in baseball, basketball, football, and soccer, as well as fencing, golf, swimming, tennis, wrestling, and more.

When the university was known as Trinity College, the sports teams were known as the Trinity Eleven, the Blue and White, and the Methodists. However, an editor of the Trinity Chronicle began calling the teams the Blue Devils in 1922, and the name caught on. The team name originates from the nickname given to a mountain infantry force during World War I.

Duke University joined the Southern Conference of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) in 1929 and later became the founder of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953. Since then, the Blue Devils have become a monolith in the college stage of sports, with several college teams often ranking in the top 10 every year and student-athletes having an excellent graduation rate of 97%.


  • Established: 1905
  • University: Duke University
  • Colors: Duke Blue and White
  • Mascot: Blue Devil
  • Athletic Director: Kevin White
  • Baseball Stadium: Jack Coombs Field
  • Basketball Arena: Cameron Indoor Stadium
  • Football Stadium: Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Soccer Stadium: Koskinen Stadium
  • NCAA Baseball Championships: 0
  • NCAA Basketball Championships: 5
  • NCAA Football Championships: 0
  • NCAA Soccer Championships: 1

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