New culture has Duke playing with confidence
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New culture has Duke playing with confidence

Duke seeking fourth straight bowl trip in Cutcliffe's eighth season

DURHAM, N.C. — Confidence is an elusive and intangible element to building a winning football program. But once a team grasps that feeling, it’s palpable.

Take the Duke Blue Devils’ turnaround with three straight bowl seasons. Confidence that was lacking in the past is felt in the locker room, the meeting room and in practices – not to mention last week’s surprisingly easy 37-7 season-opening win at Tulane. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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