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NC State ponders wrongly to foul or not to foul

NC State ponders wrongly to foul or not to foul

North Carolina State basketball coach Mark Gottfried apparently missed the Arizona-Stanford game on ESPN with Bill Walton aired on Jan. 29, 2014. That’s understandable since his own team made the NCAA Tournament that year.Had Gottfried been watching, he would have learned a...

Calipari fighting tried and true method at Duke and Stanford

Calipari fighting tried and true method at Duke and Stanford

Kentucky fans nod their heads, agreeing with their basketball coach over controversial words that appear aimed at Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.Duke fans are upset at the thinly veiled shot. Coach K and his staff are above the fray — for now, anyway — but no doubt had some mocking if...

McCaffrey for Heisman rings coast to coast

McCaffrey for Heisman rings coast to coast

DURHAM, N.C. — A reporter asked Max McCaffrey if he had heard about the “McCaffrey for Heisman” campaign.The Duke senior wide receiver, seated casually at the Blue Devils’ practice facility for a media session, sat up proudly. He understood the question that otherwise could have...

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...

McCaffrey surname adds to Duke chasing Stanford reputation

McCaffrey surname adds to Duke chasing Stanford reputation

Duke football’s upswing continues climbing toward the Stanford bar of national respect for elite academics and winning football. What the Blue Devils need next is a longer run that translates into preseason national rankings they failed to attract in 2015.“Internally, I think...

Walters accepts West Point challenge

Walters accepts West Point challenge

Blake Walters’ busy high school career established broad options for a promising college future. He graduated at the top of his class and earned eight varsity letters as a quarterback and pitcher at Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage. The destination he chose is the U.S. Military...

They will Love him at Stanford for talent and attitude

They will Love him at Stanford for talent and attitude

My News and Observer story on Wake Forest Stanford-commit Bryce Love running a season best of 10.61 seconds in the 100 meters. Wake Forest's Stanford running back commit wants two high school state titles.

Todd Peat Sr parental advice has been to step back

Todd Peat Sr parental advice has been to step back

I first spoke to Todd Peat Sr. five years ago, introducing myself and asking for his son Todd Jr., a Rivals 4-star recruit planning to visit San Diego State. He handed the phone to his namesake.That may sound natural to you, but trust me: it’s not always so. Not in a college...

Harbaugh demonstrated his good guy side with McNeill

Harbaugh demonstrated his good guy side with McNeill

One of the hottest stories in college and pro football is speculation on where Jim Harbaugh will land next with his coaching whistle. The narrative is he’s again worn out his welcome, and the San Francisco 49ers are about to fire him after three years of success – including one...

Former Harbaugh player expects him to coach Michigan someday

Former Harbaugh player expects him to coach Michigan someday

J.T. Rogan knows the contentious side of Jim Harbaugh and the competitive side. He knows the prickly coach as well as he will let anyone get to know him. Rogan played running back for Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and coached under him at Stanford. More importantly for...