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Duke faces Lamar Jackson as dual threat

Duke faces Lamar Jackson as dual threat

We’re far enough into the season that most remaining weeks, two ACC teams among the seven weekly conference games take on the headache of finding a way to slow down a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback.Clemson junior Deshaun Watson, third in last year’s Heisman voting, and...

It takes more than one to replace Edwards

It takes more than one to replace Edwards

Take away Duke’s two quarterbacks – one literal on offense and one figurative on defense – and few would have predicted a 2-2 record four games into the season.Yet that’s Duke’s standing after upsetting Notre Dame 38-35 Saturday, thanks to improved depth in head coach David...

Notre Dame upset glimpse of future for Duke

Notre Dame upset glimpse of future for Duke

Now we know what Duke’s veteran players believed in fall camp when they called redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Jones “The Future.”This was why Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe remained upbeat about Jones, even while expressing heartbreak for redshirt senior quarterback...

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

One football pearl of wisdom I still accept from Joe Paterno despite the late Penn State coach’s fall from grace stemmed from a postgame media session in 2005 at Michigan.Penn State lost 27-25 as time expired. Quarterback Chad Henne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass that Mario...

Cutcliffe coaches by teaching

Cutcliffe coaches by teaching

DURHAM, N.C. — The best football coaches, at any level, like to say they are teachers first.What they mean is we, the public, view them as “coaching” athletes. They see themselves “teaching” their players fundamentals, schemes and game plans. If the message doesn’t get across on...

Northwestern familiar scenario for Duke

Northwestern familiar scenario for Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke’s surprising home loss Saturday to Wake Forest was eerily reminiscent of a loss a year ago to Northwestern. The Blue Devils started quickly but gradually let a win slip away at Wallace Wade Stadium.Duke (1-1, 0-1 ACC Coastal) led Wake Forest 7-0 with an...

NFF  Cutcliffe father and son coaching tree

NFF Cutcliffe father and son coaching tree

David Cutcliffe described himself as a “basket case” on a long ago Friday night. It was the day before his 2003 Ole Miss team he coached faced visiting Alabama at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Ms.At the time Cutcliffe, now in his ninth year as Duke’s head coach, had Ole...

Development programs meet in ACC opener

Development programs meet in ACC opener

Wake Forest and Duke are developmental programs. That means their coaches must find hidden gems that can be “coached up.” They are dismissed by Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and other college football heavyweights that attract four-star recruits like magnets.That’s why a...

Cutcliffe and Spurrier know the Duke formula

Cutcliffe and Spurrier know the Duke formula

DURHAM, N.C. – The latest Duke football and Wallace Wade Stadium facelifts were unveiled Saturday against North Carolina Central. It was a night for David Cutcliffe’s ninth season opener and the stadium’s second phase of renovations.Yes, Duke’s 49-6 victory was a mismatch, but...

Duke QB Daniel Jones takes over

Duke QB Daniel Jones takes over

DURHAM, N.C. – Daniel Jones met with the media for the first time as Duke’s new starting quarterback on Tuesday afternoon at the Brooks Building. He’s not on the scout team anymore.The redshirt freshman has been thrust into the starting role for the season opener against North...