Takeaways from second Duke scrimmage
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Takeaways from second Duke scrimmage

Blue Devils test new turf at renovated Wallace Wade Stadium

Photo: Renovations at Wallace Wade Stadium meant removing the historic track.

DURHAM, N.C. – The greening of Duke’s renovated Wallace Wade Stadium continued as the Blue Devils tested the pristine turf grown in Georgia and transplanted in quadrants for the first time in fall camp.

After 75 snaps in Saturday’s second scrimmage leading to the Sept. 3 opener at Tulane, the Bermuda grass with a sand base still appeared smooth enough to pull out a golf putter for a little late afternoon practice. ...



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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."