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Duke starts spring drills later than usual

Duke starts spring drills later than usual

Duke football faces more changes than planned with the opening of spring football. That was one reason Duke coach David Cutcliffe waited until Saturday to open spring drills with a morning workout inside Pascal Field House.The March 5 start was about a month later than recent...

Duke backup QB thrust into larger role

Duke backup QB thrust into larger role

There were at one time a number of positions to sift through when deciding who needs to step up for Duke’s football team in 2016. But that was before quarterback Thomas Sirk suffered a torn achilles tendon in a workout this month.That suddenly put the focus clearly on the...

Cutcliffe makes a special promotion to offensive coordinator

Cutcliffe makes a special promotion to offensive coordinator

David Cutcliffe’s choice of Zac Roper as Duke’s new offensive coordinator demonstrated the attention he pays to special teams more than many head coaches who view it as an afterthought – a spot for a young assistant to mature or an older coach to finish his career.Cutcliffe...

Cutcliffe feeling gratitude over fourth bowl game

Cutcliffe feeling gratitude over fourth bowl game

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Coach David Cutcliffe likes to take early-morning walks and often talks aloud to his dog. Assuming there are still newspaper subscribers in his neighborhood, they could hear him as they step outside for the paper.They need not be alarmed about their coach’s...

Hire of Montomery calms the East Carolina waters

Hire of Montomery calms the East Carolina waters

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina athletic director Jeff Compher limited his pool of coaches to replace the popular Ruffin McNeill when his surprise announcement 11 days ago to fire the coach was met by protests from ECU students and fans.He was fortunate, from that...

Matt Skura handled Duke media role in tough times

Matt Skura handled Duke media role in tough times

DURHAM, N.C. — Each Tuesday, Duke coach David Cutcliffe and three or four players meet with the media at the Brooks Football Building. They rehash the last week’s game and look ahead to the upcoming opponent.Most weeks, media relations department officials Art Chase and...

Cutcliffe calls for NCAA rule to change following Miami game

Cutcliffe calls for NCAA rule to change following Miami game

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke coach David Cutcliffe called for a historic NCAA rule change that would permit reversing a game’s outcome for egregious cases that cost a team a victory when a replay ruling was judged to have been incorrect.That was the case Saturday night when Duke...

Miami TD return stuns Duke and flabbergasts Cutcliffe

Miami TD return stuns Duke and flabbergasts Cutcliffe

DURHAM, N.C. – We’re still trying to decipher what happened on Miami’s eight-lateral kickoff return that beat Duke 30-27 as time expired on Halloween Night. The only thing we know for sure is Duke’s 2015 band has more discipline than Stanford’s 1982.The Blue Devils musicians...

Cutcliffe learned from OT experience with checklist

Cutcliffe learned from OT experience with checklist

The overwhelmingly devastating experience of losing a seven-overtime game to Arkansas has remained all these years later with David Cutcliffe. At the time he was Mississippi’s head coach in 2001, but it still hurts.So when the eighth-year Duke head coach found his Blue Devils...

Virginia Tech tests Duke and newfound stature

Virginia Tech tests Duke and newfound stature

DURHAM, N.C. — This is how far David Cutcliffe has lifted Duke’s once hapless football program: The Blue Devils climbed two spots in the AP Top 25 poll without playing a game.Duke (5-1, 2-0 ACC Coastal) returned from its bye week to prepare for Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech...