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Duke throws scare into Louisville

Duke throws scare into Louisville

Duke gained despite losing 24-14 at Louisville.Here’s why I say that:Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

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...

Chase Jeter faces Duke competition

Chase Jeter faces Duke competition

Let’s give Chase Jeter credit for facing a challenge. The Duke sophomore didn’t become one of 700-plus transfers this year among Division I college basketball teams.The Blue Devils’ star-studded freshmen recruiting class that includes four highly touted big men could easily push...

Reasons mount for Notre Dame to join ACC

Reasons mount for Notre Dame to join ACC

DURHAM, N.C. – Let’s hold up on talk about Notre Dame fully joining the ACC. Based on what unfolded at Wallace Wade Stadium on the first Saturday of October, the Irish may not be ready for full football membership in the conference.Duke was fresh off beating Notre Dame (38-35) on...

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...

Daniel Jones upsets recruiting system

Daniel Jones upsets recruiting system

Daniel Jones managed much more than to riddle Notre Dame’s defense last week. The Duke quarterback’s play in a 38-35 victory flipped upside down the modern-day recruiting system that supposedly leaves no stone unturned.Everyone but Blue Devils Coach David Cutcliffe whiffed on the...

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...

Cutcliffe coaches by teaching

Cutcliffe coaches by teaching

DURHAM, N.C. — The best football coaches, at any level, like to say they are teachers first.What they mean is we, the public, view them as “coaching” athletes. They see themselves “teaching” their players fundamentals, schemes and game plans. If the message doesn’t get across on...