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Cutcliffe plans to address targeting rule on rules committee

Cutcliffe plans to address targeting rule on rules committee

DURHAM, N.C. – The thoughts Duke coach David Cutcliffe expressed responding to a question about the targeting rule sounded similar to what other coaches believe.“Intent,” is the word he says is missing from the rule interpretation of helmet-to-helmet contact. ... Click...

ACC races more wide open than expected

ACC races more wide open than expected

Four Saturdays into the season we’ve seen only a handful of ACC games, but that’s enough to understand how little we know. And that’s a good thing.The last year two years, Florida State’s dominance with back-to-back unbeaten conference crowns told us too much by this point in the...

Duke plays Cash game to beat Georgia Tech triple option

Duke plays Cash game to beat Georgia Tech triple option

DURHAM, N.C. – Georgia Tech opponents speak weekly with dear-in-the-headlights fear about facing the Yellow Jackets’ unique triple-option offense.But not Duke All-American safety Jeremy Cash. Add that to ways he separates himself from others. ...Click here for the rest of my...

Quarterbacks carry weight of key ACC Coastal game

Quarterbacks carry weight of key ACC Coastal game

The latter part of the time-honored football axiom “quarterbacks get too much of the credit and too much of the blame” applies this week to Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas and Duke’s Thomas Sirk.Both redshirt junior quarterbacks are coming off their low point to the young season....

Air deflated from Georgia Tech showdown with Duke

Air deflated from Georgia Tech showdown with Duke

Pftttt!That sound was air escaping the ACC’s marquee balloon to headline the conference’s otherwise quiet week ahead. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

Northwestern wears down Duke for coveted Ivy trophy

Northwestern wears down Duke for coveted Ivy trophy

DURHAM, N.C. – Northwestern’s 2015 schedule features eight Big Ten dates by conference office design and two Power 5 Ivy League games by athletic director Jim Phillips’ choice.The No. 23-ranked Wildcats have wrapped up the Power 5 Ivy title two weeks before Big Ten play begins....

Duke coach balances social media with personal note

Duke coach balances social media with personal note

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke coach David Cutcliffe is learning to adapt to modern technology, but he still used the old-fashioned approach of a personal note dropped in the U.S. Mail for injured Pitt running back James Conner.He wrote Conner upon learning of his season-ending knee...

Northwestern and Duke gain ranking attention

Northwestern and Duke gain ranking attention

DURHAM, N.C. — Top 25 attention suddenly joined the conversation this week surrounding the Northwestern-Duke non-conference that was off the radar in the preseason.With both teams impressively improving to 2-0, Northwestern moved into the Top 25 for the first time this year and...

Duke fills house and scoreboard

Duke fills house and scoreboard

DURHAM, N.C. – Many numbers besides 2-0 stand out with Duke’s 55-0 win over North Carolina Central Saturday night in the Blue Devils’ home opener.None better than the number in the stands, though. A sellout crowd of 33,941 turned out for the Blue Devils’ debut of renovated...

Renovation is welcome to football and farewell to track

Renovation is welcome to football and farewell to track

DURHAM, N.C. — A drumbeat simultaneously celebrating King Football and mourning track and field marches past another historic American sports venue Saturday night.Duke football’s home opener against North Carolina Central christens Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium. Renovation...