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Ferris State celebrating stories of redemption

Ferris State celebrating stories of redemption

One Ferris State offensive star overcame a troubled past, including legal transgressions that landed him in jail and cost him his football scholarship to Michigan State. Now Jayru Campbell is a Bulldogs’ phoenix. The junior quarterback won the Harlon Hill Award -- the Heisman...

How to feel better about a Duke rout

How to feel better about a Duke rout

My guys at Ferris State, who earned an exhibition game invitation from Duke as the defending NCAA Division II basketball champion, should feel more confident in themselves after watching Duke dismantle Kentucky on television. The numerical comparisons of Duke routing Ferris on...

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

DURHAM, N.C. – Mike Krzyzewski’s post-game concerns ranged beyond grading his No. 4-ranked basketball team’s performance as the Blue Devils prepared for their season opener with Kentucky on Nov. 6 in the Champions Classic. The venerable Coach K wanted to know if the Bulldogs,...

Ferris treasures experience visiting Duke

Ferris treasures experience visiting Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — If anyone wonders what Ferris State was doing on the court with Duke in a 132-48 exhibition game loss Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, it was coach Mike Krzyzewski’s idea.Coach K has been inviting the reigning NCAA Division II champion for the past nine...

One clear edge Coach K has on the Wizard

One clear edge Coach K has on the Wizard

Name college basketball’s greatest coach: UCLA’s John Wooden or Duke’s Mike Krzyzrewski? It’s a debate with no definitive answer.The Wizard of Westwood’s supporters cite 10 NCAA titles in 12 years (1964-1975). Coach K’s backers note five national titles spanning three decades...

Harry Giles is college hoop throwback

Harry Giles is college hoop throwback

Duke freshman Harry Giles is a lot of things in the eyes of NBA scouts. He’s a 6-foot-10, 240-pounder who plays with the inside power of a big man and away from the basket with the skill of a smaller athlete.He operates efficiently and elevates his teammates. He can put down a...

Duke gaining needed warmup to NCAA

Duke gaining needed warmup to NCAA

Duke’s slide to the ACC Tournament’s No. 5 seed raised concern regarding the Blue Devils’ long-term fitness for the NCAA Tournament. That starting-gate position meant four games in four days if they made a run to the ACC title.Normally, rest is better for a roster that is just...

Duke needs healthy Jefferson more than Allen

Duke needs healthy Jefferson more than Allen

Back in July, few Duke fans would have viewed power forward Amile Jefferson as more valuable to the Blue Devils than shooting guard Grayson Allen.Allen was the 2015 Final Four super-sub who followed up a national championship season by leading the Blue Devils in scoring in 2016...

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Two years ago it looked like the one-and-dones had won. The college basketball world was theirs to rule.Duke captured the NCAA title behind three freshmen who left early for the NBA Draft: Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. In that same 2015 Final Four, Kentucky – led...

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...