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Duke football using some Wooden wisdom

Duke football using some Wooden wisdom

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDURHAM — “Be quick but don’t hurry.”Duke football coach David Cutcliffe invoked a popular teaching phrase from John Wooden, the late and iconic UCLA basketball coach, to describe improvement he expects to see from quarterback Quentin Harris the...

Blue Devils relying on more balanced lineup

Blue Devils relying on more balanced lineup

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesCHARLOTTE – Duke’s basketball roster is obviously less talented this season than a year ago. The Zion Williamson Show was a mega-talented roster with Williamson among three one-and-done, first-round NBA draft picks.But Javin DeLaurier and Jack...

ACC playing up more than hoop and baseball

ACC playing up more than hoop and baseball

DURHAM, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference likes to capitalize on its basketball and basketball tournaments as a time highlight national prominence in the sports. It’s also a subtle method to overlook football’s second-class stature. Not anymore. Throughout the 2019 ACC...

Beating Blue Devils secret is outscoring them

Beating Blue Devils secret is outscoring them

For people waiting to see if North Carolina and Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Roy Williams has the secret formula to slow down Duke, college hoop’s football version of the Alabama Death Star, forget digging into his game-plan history. Syracuse Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Jim...

The education of a Tar Heels point guard

The education of a Tar Heels point guard

Watch Coby White now that the ACC basketball logjam at the top has been halved to three one-loss teams, Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. In the past week, North Carolina’s maturing freshman has moved ahead a couple chapters in the education of a point guard. You can hear it in...

Boeheim advice to Izzo was keep moving

Boeheim advice to Izzo was keep moving

Michigan State is again part of the Champions Classic, an “Early Four” event in its eighth year, but something clouded Tom Izzo’s image entering his 24th season coaching the Spartans. Oh, he’s again directing a Final Four contender in a season that opens on Tuesday with the...

Humphreys confident and building

Humphreys confident and building

DURHAM, N.C. – Ben Humphreys, smiling and healthy after an injury-hampered junior season, stood brimming with optimism. On the first day of fall camp, he said something that stands out as more challenging for this year's Duke seniors than Blue Devils have faced in past farewell...

Army and Duke opener deserves spotlight

Army and Duke opener deserves spotlight

Army-Duke is overshadowed among marquee college football season openers this season. Michigan-Notre Dame, Louisville-Alabama and Miami-LSU are the luminous matchups. Nonetheless, Army-Duke is one of the more intriguing games pairing two teams that are looking to build on last...

Georgia pressure finds Richt again in Miami

Georgia pressure finds Richt again in Miami

Now that Georgia coach Kirby Smart has guided Mark Richt’s former players to a College Football Playoff berth, Richt must prove Thomas Wolfe wrong. He’s gone home to Miami to show he can indeed win big games and thus guide his alma mater to a CFP berth. The Hurricanes are happy...

My opponent team for Notre Dame

My opponent team for Notre Dame

Notre Dame is playing a part-time Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule, but the five ACC opponents confronting young quarterback Brandon Wimbush represent a full slate of defensive linemen from a league heavy on D-line talent.I came up with a preseason...