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Fields making his way back to the field

Fields making his way back to the field

DURHAM, N.C. – Bryon Fields needed one practice in full pads to shake up Duke’s depth chart.Blue Devil coach David Cutcliffe stopped short of announcing changes to the preseason depth chart, but it’s not a stretch to think the gears are turning in the next defensive coaches...

Sirk back on the practice field

Sirk back on the practice field

DURHAM, N.C. – The next step to Duke improving its passing game is in the books. Quarterback Thomas Sirk took to the practice field as planned Monday for the Blue Devils’ first workout of the 2016 season.“We’ll put him on a little bit of pitch count,” said Duke head coach...

Duke may use Edwards as triple threat

Duke may use Edwards as triple threat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Coach David Cutcliffe hinted at a secret plan that we might have learned a year ago if not for DeVon Edwards suffering an ankle injury in fall camp.Cutcliffe said at the ACC Kickoff last week that Edwards has been so elusive and explosive running with...

Sirk making remarkable comeback

Sirk making remarkable comeback

HARLOTTE, N.C. – No candidate possess a better leg up for college football’s unofficial comeback player of the year than Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk. Never mind that he has yet to miss a game.Sirk has made such a remarkable rehab comeback from a torn Achilles’ tendon that...

Edwards and Switzer defend returns

Edwards and Switzer defend returns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s no surprise that Duke’s DeVon Edwards and North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer are opposed to any thought the NCAA has raised to possibly banning kickoff returns for safety reasons.Edwards, a senior defensive back, has six career kickoff returns for...

Montgomery fitting in at East Carolina

Montgomery fitting in at East Carolina

CARY, N.C. – Scottie Montgomery took his seat on the dais as East Carolina’s new head coach with Duke’s David Cutcliffe, his former boss, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, N.C. State’s Dave Doeren and N.C. Central’s Jerry Mack.Staring back at him was a crowd of 1,000 fans that...

Duke plans on Sirk starting opener

Duke plans on Sirk starting opener

CARY, N.C. — Duke Coach David Cutcliffe confirmed Monday that quarterback Thomas Sirk’s rehab is far enough ahead of schedule the Blue Devils are planning as if he will start the season opener.Last week Duke turned a routine media release into surprising news when Sirk was...

Threat to North Carolina sports now real

Threat to North Carolina sports now real

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 legislation rose to another level once politics intersected with Duke’s basketball schedule.The University of Albany’s Nov. 12 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium has been canceled. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

Harry Giles plays with Tim Duncan style

Harry Giles plays with Tim Duncan style

Tim Duncan’s quiet and dignified NBA retirement the San Antonio Spurs announced Monday made me think of Harry Giles. He’s Duke’s incoming freshman big man with an understated personality.I’m referring to temperament – not leaping ahead to comparing skills of a kid to a legend...

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

ACC can top SEC in conference matchups

We all recognize the SEC is the nation’s top football conference, but many of us outside the SEC like to point out that the SEC is largely top heavy.Granted, the SEC has more schools that can annually contend for a national title and it is topped by Alabama’s modern dynasty, but...