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Duke returns home still searching for glue man

Duke returns home still searching for glue man

Duke basketball’s three-game Canada exhibition tour confirmed – to the surprise of no one – that R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson are special. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski even said so three months before the Kentucky opener.“Zion and R.J. are a cut above everyone who’s on the...

Pirates add impact player without transfer

Pirates add impact player without transfer

GREENVILLE -- Scottie Montgomery spoke glowingly of Kendall Futrell early in fall camp. East Carolina’s head coach sounded as if he had added a 5-star prospect that transferred in from recruiting heavyweights Alabama, Clemson or Ohio State.“Two days into camp, what I’ll say...

Timing perfect for Polu to visit paradise

Timing perfect for Polu to visit paradise

Every January the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame enshrines a new class and names its pro and college players of the year. The weekend in Hawaii includes a Polynesian high school all-star game and a skills camp. What better place for Jarvis Polu to kick off any hopes to contend...

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

The football gap separating the old-school game and its new era adapting to the times was revealed as wide as the Grand Canyon at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days last month in Charlotte, N.C. The concussion subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was teed up...

Blackwell making a play to be the other guy

Blackwell making a play to be the other guy

DURHAM -- Quarterbacks facing Duke this year will step to the line looking to locate All-ACC cornerback Mark Gilbert. Then they’ll l search the other side for the corner that the scouting reports consider the weaker link. If they don’t, Gilbert may pick off a pass as he did in...

McSwain may join Wohlabaugh up front

McSwain may join Wohlabaugh up front

The status of Duke’s most important 2018 priority – improved offensive line play – was the same following spring drills as it was after the Quick Lanes Bowl. Back then, the win over Northern Illinois in Detroit was the first look ahead from a 7-6 record enhanced by a three-game...

Edwards sighs over lost desert quarterbacks

Edwards sighs over lost desert quarterbacks

Herm Edwards recently appeared on a Michigan State-based sports talk radio show. Always engaging, insightful and entertaining, Arizona State's new football coach has been one of my favorites to deal with over the years. We all know him for his memorable lines, most notably this...

Building defense from the bottom up

Building defense from the bottom up

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- The ageless good news/bad news joke fits East Carolina football. The good news: seven defensive starters return. The bad news: the defense finished dead last in the nation in both yards and points allowed. ... Click here for the rest of the...

My News and Observer story on Reid Herring

My News and Observer story on Reid Herring

By Tom ShanahanGREENVILLE -- All little kids playing football in a backyard or a youth league dream they can grow up to be a college quarterback. But for Reid Herring it has been more than fantasy since he was 9 years old.“My Pop Warner coach told me I had potential with my arm...

The evolving triple option at Air Force

The evolving triple option at Air Force

The service academies remain lumped together as triple-option offenses thanks to College Football Hall of Fame coach Fisher DeBerry. A generation ago he laid down the blueprint at Air Force on how to remain competitive with lightly recruited athletes. But take a closer look in...