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ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

The ACC does wide receivers, too. Dynamic wideouts were one reason the ACC supplanted the SEC as the nation’s top football conference in 2016.The so-called basketball conference was highlighted by the play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the Tigers to the national...

Duke opens spring ball with rising talent

Duke opens spring ball with rising talent

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe met with the media continued a college football ritual across America of extolling his 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday’s national signing day.But Cutcliffe didn’t stop thereClick here for the rest of my FanRagSports story

Duke recruiting rising to Stanford model

Duke recruiting rising to Stanford model

Ben Humphreys better than any Duke player represents head coach David Cutcliffe’s quest to build an ACC program that emulates Stanford’s consistent success as an academically elite school competing in the Pac-12.He’s an example of a four-star recruit with brains and brawn that...

Gottfried finds another big man with Kapita

Gottfried finds another big man with Kapita

A North Carolina State big man provided the difference in the Wolfpack’s 84-82 upset of Duke on Monday night with a double-double, but the surprise was both who he was and wasn’t.Actually, it was two big men that Duke acting head coach Jeff Capel praised in his postgame comments....

Duke lacks intangibles Quinn Cook provided

Duke lacks intangibles Quinn Cook provided

It’s not time to panic, but Duke looks bewildered.There is still plenty of basketball to be played and there is too much talent on Duke’s roster. As many as three freshmen and junior Grayson Allen have been projected as first-round draft picks....

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

In football’s quest to become a year-round sport, it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season.The national title Clemson claimed Monday night was the ACC’s second in four years, and the league has been represented in the College Football Playoff all three years. The...

Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Jeff Capel, Duke’s unofficial head-coach-in-waiting, faces a tough test the next four weeks replacing Mike Krzyzewski. Much more challenging than for one game a year ago or whatever future season it is that he succeeds his mentor.I feel confident labeling Capel the “unofficial...

Duke struggling to find cohesive play

Duke struggling to find cohesive play

Duke is no longer a Ferrari greased by the feisty Grayson Allen. The Blue Devils, without Allen at the wheel, coughed and sputtered as they fell to Virginia Tech 89-75 Saturday in Blacksburg.What kind of team will Duke be when he returns? ... Click here for the rest of my...

Looking back at the past calendar year

Looking back at the past calendar year

We’re close to the start of conference play and the New Year, so let’s review college basketball’s calendar year rather than last season. No story overlaps last and this season more than the childish behavior of Duke’s Grayson Allen.— Duke’s junior guard tripped Louisville and...

Duke let Grayson Allen walk and kick for too long

Duke let Grayson Allen walk and kick for too long

That’s enough of Grayson Allen’s petulant junior high antics.Fool us once, shame on Allen. Fool us twice, shame on us. Fool us three times, shame on Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, ACC Commissioner John Swofford and NCAA President Mark Emmert if Allen isn’t suspended for multiple...