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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...

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke up the day between the NCAA and ACC pulling championship events from North Carolina over the state’s discriminatory House Bill 2. Coach K’s words are not to be taken lightly.Krzyzewski assumed the mantle as patriarch of the state’s...

Northwestern familiar scenario for Duke

Northwestern familiar scenario for Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke’s surprising home loss Saturday to Wake Forest was eerily reminiscent of a loss a year ago to Northwestern. The Blue Devils started quickly but gradually let a win slip away at Wallace Wade Stadium.Duke (1-1, 0-1 ACC Coastal) led Wake Forest 7-0 with an...

North Carolina offense comes to life

North Carolina offense comes to life

With North Carolina’s offense coming to life, let us honor the late Gene Wilder with his legendary words from “Young Frankenstein.” They apply to the Tar Heels’ 48-23 win Saturday night at Illinois.“Alive! It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!” ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...

Hinton enjoys homecoming at Duke expense

Hinton enjoys homecoming at Duke expense

DURHAM, N.C. — It turned out the “other” quarterback emerged from the Wake Forest-Duke ACC opener at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Durham Kid.Wake Forest’s Kendall Hinton, the hometown kid who left Southern Durham High to play 80 miles down I-40 in Winston-Salem, returned home to...

NFF  Cutcliffe father and son coaching tree

NFF Cutcliffe father and son coaching tree

David Cutcliffe described himself as a “basket case” on a long ago Friday night. It was the day before his 2003 Ole Miss team he coached faced visiting Alabama at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Ms.At the time Cutcliffe had Ole Miss off to a 2-0 start in SEC play. But it...

Development programs meet in ACC opener

Development programs meet in ACC opener

Wake Forest and Duke are developmental programs. That means their coaches must find hidden gems that can be “coached up.” They are dismissed by Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and other college football heavyweights that attract four-star recruits like magnets.That’s why a...

Cutcliffe and Spurrier know the Duke formula

Cutcliffe and Spurrier know the Duke formula

DURHAM, N.C. – The latest Duke football and Wallace Wade Stadium facelifts were unveiled Saturday against North Carolina Central. It was a night for David Cutcliffe’s ninth season opener and the stadium’s second phase of renovations.Yes, Duke’s 49-6 victory was a mismatch, but...

Duke QB Daniel Jones takes over

Duke QB Daniel Jones takes over

DURHAM, N.C. – Daniel Jones met with the media for the first time as Duke’s new starting quarterback on Tuesday afternoon at the Brooks Building. He’s not on the scout team anymore.The redshirt freshman has been thrust into the starting role for the season opener against North...

Sirk injury may make Jones the starter

Sirk injury may make Jones the starter

DURHAM, N.C. – On Tuesday afternoon, Duke offensive coordinator Zac Roper discussed the rapid progress of redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Jones as a backup to returning starter Thomas Sirk.By Friday, Roper and head coach David Cutcliffe were forced into Plan B: Who will...