Well, at least they tried.
According to our man Darrell Lovell (go ahead and give him a follow on Twitter), the Dynamo made a legit offer to highly rated defender Sebastien Ibeagha. The Nigeria-born Ibeagha is a big, bounce target pushing up on set pieces, and has played primarily as a central defender for both Duke and the US U-20s.
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My take? You can't really blame the kid. The Dynamo are pretty set at center back, especially with the recent addition of Eric Brunner, and unless Ibeagha turned out to be even better than everyone thinks, he would have had trouble getting on the pitch. Weighed against a degree from one of the best schools in the country (and it absolutely turns my stomach to say that) and 20 more games in the best conference college soccer can offer (I'm retching) ... like I said, you can't really blame the kid.
EDIT: And as USL communications guru Nicholas Murray points out, the Carolina Dynamo will be very happy with this decision. Ibeagha was the PDL Defender of the Year this past summer, and the return to Duke means he's got one more summer of amateur ball in front of him.