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New look to old quarterback competition

New look to old quarterback competition

This time a year ago Notre Dame wrapped up spring football with head coach Brian Kelly asserting Brandon Wimbush was his starting quarterback. He wanted to tamp down any conversation of competition with backup Ian Book.Kelly still says Wimbush is his starter following Saturday’s...

Willie Taggart jump starts Florida State

Willie Taggart jump starts Florida State

Willie Taggart inherently generated renewed enthusiasm in Tallahassee as Florida State’s new football coach. It goes with the business, especially with former coach Jimbo Fisher having alienated fans during a disappointing 7-6 season.Fisher, you'll recall, got in a shouting match...

Cutcliffe on eliminating and replacing kickoffs

Cutcliffe on eliminating and replacing kickoffs

Duke coach David Cutcliffe is prepared to accept eliminating kickoffs. After the Blue Devils’ Saturday spring game, he said if the NCAA Football Rules Committee’s intent is to do away with the injury-prone play in phases, let’s be done with it now.“I’ve been around a long time,...

Freep Film Festival and Underground Railroad

Freep Film Festival and Underground Railroad

No school did more for the integration of college football than Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad teams. The full story is told in Raye of Light. The book's foreword was written by Tony Dungy.Video of Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor...

Cutcliffe takes to mic to share optimism

Cutcliffe takes to mic to share optimism

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said some things most coaches avoid at a spring game. He raised expectations. Midway through the Spring Showcase Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium, he had his players take a knee at midfield. He took a microphone and introduced the Blue Devils’ most...

Walker forecasts clear sailing for West Point

Walker forecasts clear sailing for West Point

Army running back Kell Walker and his junior classmates open the 2018 football season having never lost to Navy. That sentence is worth reading again. Understand that for a decade-plus classes of Army players went through West Point without beating Navy -- not once. The Black...

Quinn Cook surpassing Duke teammates

Quinn Cook surpassing Duke teammates

Congratulations, Quinn Cook. But also, damn you, Quinn Cook.Congratulations for working your way through the NBA’s G-League to the big time with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. But damn you for validating Duke’s path to the 2015 NCAA title with three one-and-done freshmen. You...

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke coach David Cutcliffe surveyed the Blue Devils’ recent pro day at Pascal Field House. The pride was palpable. His smile could have bridged the gap that is the school's program before-and-after Cutcliffe’s arrival 10 years ago. Pre-Cutcliffe, Duke won 10 games...

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

DURHAM, N.C. -- Thomas Sirk is sending a message for NFL scouts: Good things come in pairs. Sirk played quarterback at two colleges, Duke and East Carolina. He earned two degrees, a bachelor’s in political science and masters in liberal arts. Now he’s trying to show NFL scouts...

Spartans are back but surprising school on top

Spartans are back but surprising school on top

By Tom ShanahanMichigan State is back among the top-ranked football-basketball programs in the 2017-18 school year after a one-year absence, while a couple of football schools from the ACC and SEC jumped onto the list with surprising basketball strength.Clemson -- yes, Clemson!...