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Blue Devils join Stanford and Northwestern

Blue Devils join Stanford and Northwestern

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke football’s upward mobility from the 2-33 train wreck that David Cutcliffe inherited has allowed the school to join an exclusive club with Stanford and Northwestern as academically elite institutions consistently competing among Power 5 schools.Cutcliffe,...

Pirates squander opportunities in loss

Pirates squander opportunities in loss

By Tom Shanahan, Correspondent GREENVILLE -- East Carolina needed any kind of season-opening victory for encouragement following back-to-back 3-9 seasons in head coach Scottie Montgomery’s first two seasons, but the Pirates are still searching.ECU left too many points on the...

Duke protects Jones and stretches Army

Duke protects Jones and stretches Army

DURHAM, N.C. – For Duke to challenge Miami in the ACC Coastal Division during a year it also plays Atlantic Division member Clemson, the Blue Devils need to show they can defeat double-digit victory teams. That made Army a fitting test. The Black Knights’ 10-3 record a year ago...

Montgomery and Herring finally team up

Montgomery and Herring finally team up

GREENVILLE -- Scottie Montgomery long hoped to coach Reid Herring, but the former Duke offensive coordinator didn’t expect the Millbrook High alum would be his starting quarterback as East Carolina’s head coach.“I recruited Reid at Duke; we recruited him hard,” Montgomery said....

Jones shouldering protection responsibility

Jones shouldering protection responsibility

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke quarterback David Jones played himself out of NFL first-round draft projections last year, but the work before him to bounce back into the 2019 first-round discussions is about more than arm strength or mobility.The 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirt junior has...

McCain hero worth recalling at academy games

McCain hero worth recalling at academy games

DURHAM, N.C. -- The world recognized John McCain as a fighter pilot, a decorated war hero, a U.S. Senator from Arizona and a presidential candidate, but the sports world knew the American icon that passed away Saturday at age 81 simply as a rabid fan. He liked to tell a story of...

Army fullback Darnell Woolfolk in his words

Army fullback Darnell Woolfolk in his words

Prelude Four years ago Army senior fullback Darnell “Butch” Woolfolk had yet to pick up his nickname and had just about lost hope of fulfilling a dream to play Division I college football. The silence was deafening as the February 2014 signing date approached.Woolfolk was...

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...