Unexpected time for head coach in waiting
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Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Jeff Capel takes over while Mike Krzyzewski recovers from back surgery

Photo: Jeff Capel with Mike Krzyzewski

Jeff Capel, Duke’s unofficial head-coach-in-waiting, faces a tough test the next four weeks replacing Mike Krzyzewski. Much more challenging than for one game a year ago or whatever future season it is that he succeeds his mentor.

I feel confident labeling Capel the “unofficial head-coach-in-waiting” after hearing John Feinstein speak last year on his book, “The Legends Club.” It is an intimate tome on the relationships between Krzyzewski and his two late Tobacco Road rivals, North Carolina’s Dean Smith and N.C. State’s Jim Valvan

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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, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, 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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