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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 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...

No one can beat Blue Devils at this number

No one can beat Blue Devils at this number

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDURHAM — Duke likely never catches Alabama, Clemson and other College Football Playoff regulars, but coach David Cutcliffe’s program features a statistic no other school in the nation can beat. The distinction dates to 2007, his first Durham...

Giants were listening by picking Jones sixth

Giants were listening by picking Jones sixth

Duke Coach David Cutcliffe said this firmly two days before the NFL draft about Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones as a possible first-round pick: “If he doesn’t go the first day, I’ll go strongly enough out there and say somebody made a big mistake.” Well, the New...

Harris looks like more than a new starter

Harris looks like more than a new starter

DURHAM, N.C. – His label is heir apparent, but his experience suggests more than a hint of a returning starter. Quentin Harris looked and sounded like a veteran as Duke wrapped up spring drills last week, although in reality the redshirt senior has only two career starts while...

Harris taking advantage of head start

Harris taking advantage of head start

DURHAM, N.C. -- A three-year starting quarterback in college football obviously provides a program plenty of good, but the bad comes later. Duke is reminded of that now, beginning with Friday’s first day of spring football held indoors at Pascal Field House.  Daniel Jones...

Daniel Jones can spread QB whisperer word

Daniel Jones can spread QB whisperer word

Duke’s Daniel Jones is leaving for the NFL Draft, but his announcement on Monday may have a long-term benefit. It may mean future elite quarterback talent will take a longer look at the Blue Devils. The third-year starter that arrived from Charlotte Latin lightly recruited – he...

Wake needs win for three more weeks

Wake needs win for three more weeks

Duke and Wake Forest are known as developmental programs. That means the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons must build recruiting classes based on 3-star prospects and lower rated athletes to compete with ACC schools that are heavy on 4-stars. Their place in the college football food...

Measuring Duke growth by national powers

Measuring Duke growth by national powers

On the long list of examples documenting Duke’s rebuilt football program under 11th-year head coach David Cutcliffe, add Saturday’s game at Clemson compared to the Blue Devils meeting Alabama in the 2010 season. That was Cutcliffe’s third year of his arduous task upon inheriting...

ECU chancellor waiting until season complete

ECU chancellor waiting until season complete

By Tom Shanahan, CorrespondentEast Carolina Chancellor Cecil Staton issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon clarifying that football coach Scottie Montgomery’s future won’t be decided until the final three games are played.Montgomery’s three-year record is 8-25 overall and...