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Coach K is about more than Duke basketball

Coach K is about more than Duke basketball

Duke football and basketball play-by-play man Bob Harris relates a story that tells us more about Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski than NCAA titles or the Olympic gold medals he’s collected on the side.It also tells us why Harris will be in Miami on Saturday afternoon...

Jefferson leadership role sidetracked by injuries

Jefferson leadership role sidetracked by injuries

Midway through the first half of the Duke-Kansas game on Tuesday night, Amile Jefferson did his best Charles Barkley imitation. Duke’s forward backed his way down the lane as highly touted freshman Josh Jackson tried to hold his ground.The Blue Devils’ wily graduate student was...

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned as much about Duke’s basketball team in its third game of the season as we gained from Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski in a pregame interview.In one of those awkward faux conversations that TV dollars force coaches into, Coach K and Kansas Coach Bill Self met at...

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...

Blue Devils test another ranked opponent

Blue Devils test another ranked opponent

Two or three years from now we’ll be talking about the seamless transition from Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer’s retirement to Justin Fuentes’ successful first season in Blacksburg.By then, the Hokies may add to the ACC Coastal title to the one they’re so close to clinching in...

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 overcoming loss of team captains

Duke overcoming loss of team captains

Duke lost its third senior team captain to a season-ending injury last week when Jela Duncan went down, but despite records of 3-5 overall and 0-4 in the ACC Coastal the Blue Devils aren’t demoralized.Duke has remained competitive without injured quarterback Thomas Sirk (Achilles...

Tar Heels again enjoy senior advantage

Tar Heels again enjoy senior advantage

Duke basketball possesses the No. 1-ranked recruiting class, with three freshmen projected as first-round draft picks. Add junior Grayson Allen as a first-rounder, and the Blue Devils are everyone’s favorite to win the national title.North Carolina – picked second to Duke in the...

We learned more about Duke than George Tech

We learned more about Duke than George Tech

We still don’t know much about Georgia Tech despite a 38-35 win over Duke Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.Duke, though, is a team we continue to learn about despite the Blue Devils slipping to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in ACC Coastal play. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's...