Coach Danowski

They'd been favored to win the national championship last year, before they hired two strippers and a scandal was born. After sitting out the end of last season, the Duke Lacrosse team returned this fall to a new coach and 6:30 a.m. practices. John Danowski talked with Susannah Meadows about his team.

I'd hug guys if they made a mistake. They didn't like it. They weren't used to that. But when I was getting frustrated with some of the guys who weren't going to make the team, this kid walked by me and said, "Hey, Coach, need a hug?" I looked at him and said, "Yeah, I do."

I think. I think. I hope.

These kids have never been in the principal's office. They certainly didn't plan on messing up. One thing I did was, we have a software program that allows me to text-message them as a group. On a Friday night, it's 11 o'clock [and I'd write], "Hey, I'm thinking about you. Make great decisions tonight." The next day they'd always say they got a good laugh out of it.

Let's win the first game.