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Air Force is flying high with deep ball passes

Air Force is flying high with deep ball passes

Historically, an Air Force receiver gaining separation running a deep pattern hopes the Falcons’ quarterback can get him the ball. After all, triple-option quarterbacks play the position for their legs and instincts, not their arm. This year is different. Arm strength is the...

Ol Roy keeps alive good old days with Dean

Ol Roy keeps alive good old days with Dean

CHARLOTTE – As North Carolina took its turn on stage at the ACC basketball media day, the dominant subject was the Tar Heels blending their new roster. They have an influx of newcomers following the loss of four starters and six players in all.Roy Williams, with seniors Garrison...

Blue Devils turn the table on the triple option

Blue Devils turn the table on the triple option

DURHAM -- Duke made Georgia Tech fans suffer for more reasons than the final score, the Blue Devils’ 41-23 victory Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium. They forced them to endure watching Duke’s triple-option package convert plays, especially on fourth down to keep early...

Personifying the Naval Academy image

Personifying the Naval Academy image

Imagine the number of impressive future officers Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo has guided as football players and observed as leaders the past 12 years as the Midshipmen’s head coach.Each year he has a roster of 100-some players cycling through toward graduation. Then, factor in...

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...

Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

In sports, there’s old school and new school. Most people fall on one side or the other, but Connor Slomka is both -- an old-school warrior and new-age athlete. Warrior is a term thrown around too loosely in sports, but it applies to cadets training to be officers in the military...

Coach K and Blue Devils eager to visit Breslin

Coach K and Blue Devils eager to visit Breslin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski sat with a dutiful expression as reporters and cameramen encircled his table at the ACC basketball media day on Tuesday in a Marriott City Center ballroom. Duke's coach with five NCAA titles was peppered with subjects. Among them: the recently...

ECU break is time to build through recruiting

ECU break is time to build through recruiting

East Carolina’s 16-day break from the Temple loss on ESPN last Thursday night to its Oct. 19 game at UCF has new coach Mike Houston emphasizing recruiting. He has many holes to fill. Trouble is that talent won’t arrive until next year as freshmen, although Houston did learn on...

Champs have new look but same approach

Champs have new look but same approach

CHARLOTTE -- What a difference a year makes in college basketball and there is no better example these days than Virginia coach Tony Bennett and his team. The Cavaliers showed up for this year’s ACC Operation Basketball media day on Tuesday in Charlotte as NCAA defending...

Pitt appears surprise Coastal team over Duke

Pitt appears surprise Coastal team over Duke

DURHAM – Duke raised some eyebrows in the ACC last week with its 45-10 win at Virginia. Maybe the Blue Devils do have enough to be the surprise challenger to ACC Coastal preseason favorite Virginia Tech. But that was before Pitt visited Duke Saturday night at Wallace Wade...