Bryan Strickland of the Herald-Sun brings us a nice story about Duke’s football past, and how Wallace Wade will always serve as a link between Tuscaloosa and Durham.

Saturday’s game will fall on the 20th anniversary of Wade’s death, the man who left Alabama after winning a third national title in 1930 to build the Duke program to prominence.

Fans attending the game may get there via Bryant Avenue — as in Paul “Bear” Bryant — or they may arrive via Wallace Wade Avenue. The streets intersect at one corner of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Wade would have been Duke’s head coach for the 1945 Sugar Bowl if not for his involvement in an event that shaped everything about that era — World War II. Eddie Cameron moved over from his post as Duke’s head basketball coach to head up the football team from 1942-1945 while Wade served in the military.

At the end of the 1944 season, despite a four-game losing streak early in the year, Cameron and the Blue Devils were invited to face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

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