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Lloyd hopes a trick to new season is holding

Lloyd hopes a trick to new season is holding

Duke coach David Cutcliffe shares many traits with his successful brethren. They have kept him in the college game four decades, including resuscitating the Blue Devils’ long moribund program. But he has demonstrated once again that depth chart paranoia isn’t one of those...

Cutcliffe on eliminating and replacing kickoffs

Cutcliffe on eliminating and replacing kickoffs

Duke coach David Cutcliffe is prepared to accept eliminating kickoffs. After the Blue Devils’ Saturday spring game, he said if the NCAA Football Rules Committee’s intent is to do away with the injury-prone play in phases, let’s be done with it now.“I’ve been around a long time,...

Cutcliffe takes to mic to share optimism

Cutcliffe takes to mic to share optimism

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said some things most coaches avoid at a spring game. He raised expectations. Midway through the Spring Showcase Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium, he had his players take a knee at midfield. He took a microphone and introduced the Blue Devils’ most...

Quinn Cook surpassing Duke teammates

Quinn Cook surpassing Duke teammates

Congratulations, Quinn Cook. But also, damn you, Quinn Cook.Congratulations for working your way through the NBA’s G-League to the big time with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. But damn you for validating Duke’s path to the 2015 NCAA title with three one-and-done freshmen. You...

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke coach David Cutcliffe surveyed the Blue Devils’ recent pro day at Pascal Field House. The pride was palpable. His smile could have bridged the gap that is the school's program before-and-after Cutcliffe’s arrival 10 years ago. Pre-Cutcliffe, Duke won 10 games...

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

DURHAM, N.C. -- Thomas Sirk is sending a message for NFL scouts: Good things come in pairs. Sirk played quarterback at two colleges, Duke and East Carolina. He earned two degrees, a bachelor’s in political science and masters in liberal arts. Now he’s trying to show NFL scouts...

This Battle of Brittain on ground and air

This Battle of Brittain on ground and air

 By Tom Shanahan DURHAM, N.C. – If Duke combined the rushing yards running backs Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown totaled last season, the Blue Devils would have boasted a 1,519-yard back with 13 touchdowns. Any team would take that production. And it might be something...

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

Loyola Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four is a good time to relate overlooked pioneering histories shared by Michigan State football and the Ramblers' basketball program. Two watershed moments that changed the color of college athletics belong to the Ramblers and the Spartans....

Lloyd travels road of worst case to best case

Lloyd travels road of worst case to best case

By Tom ShanahanDURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s Jonathan Lloyd originally thought it was a worst-case scenario as he was rolled on a hospital bed into surgery to repair an injured ankle. He had been eager to taste college football as a true freshman in the fall of 2014. To get a head start...

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker QueenBy Lori LeachmanClick here: A daughter's tale of family and football* * * Lori Leachman, an economics professor at Duke University, is the daughter of Lamar Leachman, a former NFL assistant coach with the Detroit Lions...