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Duquesne’s Chuck Cooper headed to Hall of Fame

Duquesne’s Chuck Cooper headed to Hall of Fame

Adam Lindner | Staff Writer Sept. 5, 2019 Per a 2016 article by The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, more than 74% of players on NBA rosters were black men during the 2015-16 season. Roughly 69 years ago, however, the league’s racial barrier had yet to be broken. So, when Chuck Cooper — a Duquesne basketball […]

Duquesne announces “transformation” of Palumbo Center into the new UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse

Duquesne announces “transformation” of Palumbo Center into the new UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse

Raymond Arke | Editor-in-Chief 10/23/18 Duquesne University, donors and public officials celebrated the announcement of the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, set to replace the existing A.J. Palumbo Center, at a special event on Oct. 23. The extensive renovations of the arena will begin in March 2019. The new Fieldhouse will feature a radically different and modernized […]

First African American NBA draftee attended Duquesne

First African American NBA draftee attended Duquesne

Ollie Gratzinger | Features Editor 11/09/2017 “Before LeBron James, before Stephen Curry, there was Chuck Cooper.” Spoken by Chuck Cooper III, President and CEO of the Chuck Cooper Foundation and son of the NBA legend, these words are sure to resonate with any basketball fan or sports history buff here at Duquesne. When the Boston […]

Storied history began with charismatic coaches

Storied history began with charismatic coaches

By Andrew Holman | The Duquesne Duke One hundred years of Duquesne basketball tradition all started back on Jan. 9, 1914 when the Dukes defeated Bethany College 43-28, recording their first win in program history. The score shows that a lot has changed since the Red & Blue’s first tipoff. Back before the City Game, […]

From the depths of prejudice, Cooper rose above

From the depths of prejudice, Cooper rose above

By Julian Routh | Editor-In-Chief In newspapers all over the country on April 26, 1950, a small footnote was buried in the sports section beneath stories of New York Giants baseball, quarterly boxing revenue and the 76th Kentucky Derby. The footnote read, in most instances, “First Black Player Drafted to NBA,” with a few sentences […]