Duke plans on Sirk starting opener
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Duke plans on Sirk starting opener

Quarterback's rehab ahead of schedule and named to attend ACC media days

Photo: Thomas Sirk

CARY, N.C. — Duke Coach David Cutcliffe confirmed Monday that quarterback Thomas Sirk’s rehab is far enough ahead of schedule the Blue Devils are planning as if he will start the season opener.

Last week Duke turned a routine media release into surprising news when Sirk was named as one of two Blue Devils, along with safety DeVon Edwards, to attend ACC media days Thursday and Friday in Charlotte. But without a comment from Cutcliffe, it remained only the strongest suggestion yet from earlier hints that Sirk’s recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon in February has happened faster than expected. ... 

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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

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."