Things got medieval Wednesday when the head of the Duke Blue Devils mascot was found on a makeshift pike on top of Student Stores.
Staff members found the head atop the overhang facing the Pit when the store opened at 7:30 a.m., just 13 1/2 hours before the tipoff of the UNC-Duke rivalry game.
“We thought it was just a random devil head for a prank,” said John Gorsuch, the director of Student Stores.
Shortly thereafter, a maintenance worker scaled the overhang and removed the trophy.
For the next few hours, Student Stores employees buzzed about the head, taking pictures with it and pondering its origins. Then a picture of the head began circulating on Twitter, and media reports confirmed that a head was missing in Durham.