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Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2011

Ex-ACC hoop scribe Brill dies


Durham N.C — Bill Brill, a veteran sportswriter who covered the Atlantic Coast Conference for more than 40 years and was a member of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame, has died. He was 79.

Duke University spokesman Art Chase said Brill died Sunday afternoon at Duke University Medical Center. Chase said Brill had been battling esophageal and liver cancer.

Brill, a 1952 graduate of Duke, worked for the Roanoke Times from 1956-1991, the last 31 years as sports editor. He was executive sports editor at The Herald-Sun of Durham from 1992-1994. The media room at Cameron Indoor Stadium is named for him, and he wrote a book with coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Brill said he saw 118 consecutive North Carolina-Duke games, a streak broken when he went on a cruise with his wife.

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