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Notre Dame Stadium opens new look

Notre Dame Stadium opens new look

A trip to Notre Dame Stadium never gets old. Not for fans, coaches or players.Take Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, for example. He was a grizzled veteran of 35 college seasons when the Blue Devils traveled last year to Notre Dame, but he turned into a wide-eyed kid as the team...

Daniel Jones taking next step with Duke offense

Daniel Jones taking next step with Duke offense

DURHAM, N.C. — Judging a college football team’s spring drills can be tricky.The good or bad plays don’t necessarily reveal performance months later. The same is true of a coach’s comments. He can filter the good or the bad with coach-speak – depending on what he wants his...

Duke opens spring ball with rising talent

Duke opens spring ball with rising talent

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe met with the media continued a college football ritual across America of extolling his 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday’s national signing day.But Cutcliffe didn’t stop thereClick here for the rest of my FanRagSports story

Cutcliffe says no need for expanded playoff

Cutcliffe says no need for expanded playoff

The College Football Playoff is underway. That’s what Duke coach David Cutcliffe believes a topsy-turvy November weekend of conference upsets demonstrated to us.His unranked Blue Devils kicked off the chain of surprises when Duke beat No. 17 North Carolina 28-27 on Thursday night...

Duke finishes upset bid this time

Duke finishes upset bid this time

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke won more than a late-season game with a 28-27 upset of No. 17 North Carolina Thursday night before ESPN’s cameras. The young Blue Devils validated their previous near-upsets of Louisville and Virginia Tech.Until beating North Carolina, some national fans might...

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 faces Lamar Jackson as dual threat

Duke faces Lamar Jackson as dual threat

We’re far enough into the season that most remaining weeks, two ACC teams among the seven weekly conference games take on the headache of finding a way to slow down a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback.Clemson junior Deshaun Watson, third in last year’s Heisman voting, and...

It takes more than one to replace Edwards

It takes more than one to replace Edwards

Take away Duke’s two quarterbacks – one literal on offense and one figurative on defense – and few would have predicted a 2-2 record four games into the season.Yet that’s Duke’s standing after upsetting Notre Dame 38-35 Saturday, thanks to improved depth in head coach David...

Notre Dame upset glimpse of future for Duke

Notre Dame upset glimpse of future for Duke

Now we know what Duke’s veteran players believed in fall camp when they called redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Jones “The Future.”This was why Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe remained upbeat about Jones, even while expressing heartbreak for redshirt senior quarterback...

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...