Duke set stage for Friday football with Miami
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Duke set stage for Friday football with Miami

Hurricanes didn't look like a team suffering from two weeks off

Photo: Daniel Jones stopped by Trent Harris

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe began the week apologizing to high school football fans in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area as well as those nationwide that stayed home to watch TV.

The old high school coach from Alabama didn’t want to play No. 14-ranked Miami on Friday night in an important Atlantic Coast Conference game at Wallace Wade Stadium. He knows Friday Night Lights are traditionally reserved for high school football, but he also understands ESPN’s TV dollars call the shots. ... 

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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."