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Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Following a legend is never easy. Some coaches handle it better than others. Count among them retired Virginia Tech legendary coach Frank Beamer and his successor, Justin Fuente.An egregious example of how not to do it involved North Carolina basketball at the turn of the...

Duke players favor Jackson for Heisman Trophy

Duke players favor Jackson for Heisman Trophy

For just about any quarterback, 325 total yards with one touchdown rushing and one passing in a 24-14 victory is a highlight game. For Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, though, those total yards, touchdowns and team points were his season lows.Duke was the team that somewhat controlled...

Soccer growth fails to translate to football

Soccer growth fails to translate to football

I’m looking at the usyouthsoccer.org website. It says 3,055,148 youths in the U.S. played soccer, based on 2014 statistics. Of that total, 72,999 were in North Carolina. The gender breakdown is tilted to males, but it’s basically 50-50.With those numbers kicking balls...

NFF Football Matters story on Krah family

NFF Football Matters story on Krah family

Joanna Krah embraced the values her three sons and daughter gained running for the Durham Striders Track Club. She threw herself into supporting the youth organization as it traveled to local, state, regional and national meets.“The kids learned from an early age how to...

East Carolina needs time to work on losing streak

East Carolina needs time to work on losing streak

The damage Hurricane Matthew left behind over the weekend has provided East Carolina an unanticipated yet much-needed break from another swirling storm – a four-game losing streak.The reeling Pirates were scheduled to meet a hot Navy team that is coming off an upset of No. 6...

ACC football story lines to follow this weekend

ACC football story lines to follow this weekend

The closer Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson advances to settling on one quarterback, the more he is pulled back into playing two quarterbacks.A quarterback controversy is a coach’s biggest headache, and Wake Forest isn’t clear of one yet. It helps that the Deacons are 4-0 and...

ACC story lines to follow this weekend

ACC story lines to follow this weekend

The closer Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson advances to settling on one quarterback, the more he is pulled back into playing two quarterbacks.A quarterback controversy is a coach’s biggest headache, and Wake Forest isn’t clear of one yet. It helps that the Deacons are 4-0 and...

Wake Forest defense deserves credit

Wake Forest defense deserves credit

Let’s not overlook something about Wake Forest’s unbeaten record: The Demon Deacons are 4-0 despite their backup quarterback starting three games.That sounds odd, considering junior John Wolford made his third start of the year and 25th of his career in a 33-28 win Saturday at...

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

One football pearl of wisdom I still accept from Joe Paterno despite the late Penn State coach’s fall from grace stemmed from a postgame media session in 2005 at Michigan.Penn State lost 27-25 as time expired. Quarterback Chad Henne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass that Mario...

Georgia Tech falling behind top ACC teams

Georgia Tech falling behind top ACC teams

Georgia Tech’s 26-7 loss to Clemson was an industrial-strength eye-opener. The impact for the Yellow Jackets was jarring — it went wider and deeper than merely falling behind the ACC champions Thursday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium.The ACC has trumpeted its improved position in the...