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Dennis Smith con opened door to Keatts

Dennis Smith con opened door to Keatts

Not since the disgraced Reggie “Kardashian” Bush, the only Heisman Trophy winner stripped of the award, and the shamed Marion “BALCO” Jones, forced to return Olympic track medals, have I felt so conned by a high school athlete. Dennis “Shoe Money” Smith Jr. earned his way into...

Coach K is raking in recruits without Capel

Coach K is raking in recruits without Capel

Duke’s first game against Pitt and former Blue Devils assistant Jeff Capel on Tuesday brought up a touchy subject with Mike Krzyzewski. Capel’s surprise move to Pitt had generated speculation that Duke recruiting might suffer.Try telling Michigan State coach Tom Izzo that Coach K...

Coach in waiting now opposite Duke bench

Coach in waiting now opposite Duke bench

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse’s 73-year-old coach, said something that helps explain Jeff Capel coaching Pitt basketball tonight against Duke rather than seated next to Mike Krzyzewski, 71, for another year as his associate head coach. Boeheim responded to a question about retirement...

Raye MLK Day guest on Drive with Jack

Raye MLK Day guest on Drive with Jack

Jimmy Raye was a guest on Martin Luther King Day on The Drive with Jack and Tom on their sports talk radio show in Lansing.Raye, enshrined in the Michigan State Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018, was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title. He was...

More to ACC Saturday than Virginia at Duke

More to ACC Saturday than Virginia at Duke

Virginia and ESPN’s College GameDay crew are at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday for an ACC first-place showdown. The unbeaten Cavaliers (16-0) are 4-0 in conference play and the Blue Devils 14-2 and 3-1.But what about the other 3-1 teams in range of a first-place tie if...

Ganakas bridged Magic and Michigan State

Ganakas bridged Magic and Michigan State

Shakespeare’s happy endings were his romance plays. The storylines moved with comedic and tragic turns, but an uplifting denouement separated those works from others. So what would Shakespeare write about the life of Gus Ganakas? The former Michigan State coach, who passed away...

Tre Jones is much more than a little brother

Tre Jones is much more than a little brother

For all Cameron Indoor Stadium’s charm on television, it’s not a modern grandiose palace with plush accommodations tucked away from the masses. The hallway to the locker room is a few steps down the door from the very modest media room. I happened to be standing in the doorway...

North Carolina vets needed against Duke

North Carolina vets needed against Duke

By Tom Shanahan Can anybody beat Duke? On paper, the answers appears to be no. We already know that Kentucky, the only school that can keep pace with Duke’s ability to recruit NBA lottery picks, isn’t a likely candidate. The Blue Devils’ NBA combine roster beat the Wildcats’...

A final look back and the view that is ahead

A final look back and the view that is ahead

Flipping the calendar to 2019 seems a good time to empty my East Carolina football notebook. Here is a look back at the chaotic dismissal of Scottie Montgomery followed by the ironically efficient hiring of Mike Houston four days later. Talk about turning the tables. In the...

Daniel Jones can spread QB whisperer word

Daniel Jones can spread QB whisperer word

Duke’s Daniel Jones is leaving for the NFL Draft, but his announcement on Monday may have a long-term benefit. It may mean future elite quarterback talent will take a longer look at the Blue Devils. The third-year starter that arrived from Charlotte Latin lightly recruited – he...