Phone Call Interrupts Team Meeting to Tell Walk-on Student He’s Gotten a Scholarship


In the world of college sports, there are fewer things better than seeing the moment that a deserving walk-on student finds out that he/she is officially a scholarship athlete.

That’s the dream come true for Duke junior Danny Doyle, who has been a walk-on defensive end for the Blue Devils. During a team gathering this week, head coach David Cutliffe interrupted his own meeting with the ringing of a cell phone — and by the reactions of his team, that’s a major no-no.

“Hold on, I need to answer this one,” he replies. The full football team — including the unsuspecting Doyle — sit and wait.

On the other end of the line are Doyle’s parents, calling to speak with their son in front of the whole team and inform him of the good news directly. His teammates break into supportive cries immediately while the 6’1″ defense end stands stunned. The video’s description reads that Doyle is, “duly rewarded for his hard work and perseverance by being made a full scholarship member of the Duke Football team.”

If you don’t think this is a big deal or aren’t quite sure what all the fuss is about, consider this: according to CollegeData, the regular cost of attendance for Duke University is a staggering $67,399 a year including tuition and room and board. And as of this week, Danny Doyle no longer pays a dime to be a Duke student due to his new distinction.

“Go Duke!” Doyle’s mother can be heard saying through the phone to Coach Cutliffe. Watch the above video from the Duke Football Youtube channel.

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