Duke head abducted prior to rivalry game

Posted February 13, 2013

When does a rivalry get real? When you abduct your opponent’s iconic figure.

While no actual person was claimed Wednesday, the head of the Duke University Blue Devils mascot was taken and propped up high above the University of North Carolina student bookstore for passersby to see just hours before tip-off of the Duke-UNC basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Manager of the bookstore John Gorsuch said that the store was not responsible for the theft and it took a while before they realized what was actually taking place.

"We discovered it on top of the entrance to our store this morning about 7:30 a.m. and we did not realize what we had," Gorsuch said. "We sent our maintenance guy up there to pull it off and still didn't realize what it was. It looked like a double head so we put it in one of our managers office and kind of forgot about it."

Gorsuch said that the head was familiar as being the Duke mascot logo but they did not suspect that it was "the head." 

A spokesperson for Duke confirmed that the mascot head was stolen and found on the UNC campus. Just minutes later, Kyle McKay from the UNC bookstore tweeted a picture of himself posing with the head and the text, “Cops came and picked it up.”

According to the UNC Police Department, they discovered the head around 3:40 p.m. above the entrance to the student store after responding to action on social media.

Gorsuch said that the head looked like it had been dragged and had scuff marks on the chin.

Had the head not been located or returned, Duke said that they have a spare and would have been used.

Wednesday's game can be seen live on WRAL-TV at 9 p.m.

Duke-UNC: Insight, campers and a missing head Duke-UNC: Insight, campers and a missing head


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  • Hammerhead Feb 14, 2013

    The heels pulled a head early.

  • Native NC gal Feb 14, 2013

    hahaha. LOVED IT!!

  • zonk Feb 14, 2013

    Stuff like this has been going on for 100 years. They even did it on the Brady Bunch. Think they took the other teams goat.

  • al1over Feb 14, 2013

    History lesson: Ramses was stolen and died red by Jethro Magette in the mid '50s - expelled from State for his trouble - attended Duke the next year.

  • Constitutional-Defender Feb 13, 2013

    View quoted thread

    This head job will not go away!

  • NobodyNowhere Feb 13, 2013

    More fun than receiving a degree without going to class? ABC!

  • eichn001 Feb 13, 2013


    The Holes only chance to be aHead?

    UNC unsuccessful trying to get inside Duke's head?

    Closest thing Roy Williams has had to an intelligent player?

    UNC's best offensive move since ACC play began?

  • DurhamDevil Feb 13, 2013

    I guess they were just looking for head anyway they can get it.


  • mm23 Feb 13, 2013

    This is just brilliant! No one was hurt, no property vandalized, no string of profanities. Just a good old fashioned prank...and a pretty good one.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 13, 2013

    Pretty slick people to cop this one. Crazy stuff.




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