A phone call to Archie and takeaways from Duke scrimmage
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A phone call to Archie and takeaways from Duke scrimmage

Cutcliffe pleased with defense's overall play and offense's highlights

Photo: Peyton (left) and Eli (right) Manning with Duke coach David Cutcliffe during one of their off-season tutoring sessions.

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke football coach David Cutcliffe made a phone call Saturday afternoon to Archie Manning at his New Orleans home, but the conversation wasn’t about Peyton and Eli, Archie’s two NFL quarterbacks sons Cutcliffe has tutored over the years.

He called for a weather report. Then he ran his team through its first scrimmage at 8 p.m. on the Brooks Practice Field. With Duke opening the season against Tulane on Sept. 5 in New Orleans, Cutcliffe asked Manning about the heat and humidity. The late scrimmage was meant to simulate the 8:30 p.m. Central Time kickoff at Yulman Stadium. ... 

Click here for the rest of my Todaysu.com story on Duke's first scrimmage.

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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