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Cutcliffe on his Blue Devils and former OC

Cutcliffe on his Blue Devils and former OC

DURHAM — Finding some middle ground at Middle Tennessee State might help Duke define what type of team it can be this year. So far, the Blue Devils failed to live up to expectations in their opener yet dominated their next opponent.Middle Tennessee State (1-1), a Conference USA...

Social media era funnels recruits to short list

Social media era funnels recruits to short list

DURHAM, N.C. -- The past two seasons Duke football learned no matter the ground covered turning around the Blue Devils, a cavernous talent gap still separates two programs benefiting the most from the social media recruiting era.A year ago the Blue Devils trailed...

Cutcliffe prepares more talented team this time

Cutcliffe prepares more talented team this time

Nick Saban’s Alabama Death Star has loomed large over college football the past decade, but Dave Harding is confident Duke’s players will be confident they can play with the Crimson Tide when the teams open the season Saturday in Atlanta. He should know. He was a Duke letterman...

Blue Devils measuring up this time around

Blue Devils measuring up this time around

It wasn’t that long ago that Duke football fit the profile Alabama seeks to pad its schedule. Sprinkle in cupcakes to inflate scoring margins and the wins. The overwhelming numbers help poll voters forget an upset here and there.It works, too. In 2017, Alabama finished...

Daniel Jones not one to bite at cheap shot

Daniel Jones not one to bite at cheap shot

Anyone following Daniel Jones wasn’t surprised he dismissed Baker Mayfield’s cheap shot with a classy response. Jones learned more than football under the tutelage of Duke coach and quarterback guru David Cutcliffe.“He’s not going to be distracted,” said Cutcliffe after a recent...

Blue Devils have better frosh but tougher lineup

Blue Devils have better frosh but tougher lineup

DURHAM, N.C. – A dozen years ago David Cutcliffe took over a woeful Duke football program that was 2-33 the previous three seasons, including 0-12 in 2006. He needed fresh talent and he found some with three true freshmen.Jay Hollingsworth led the team in rushing, albeit with...

Quentin Harris is now the talk of Duke football

Quentin Harris is now the talk of Duke football

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Quentin Harris picked Duke for reasons beyond football. So when Daniel Jones, taken as the sixth pick of the NFL draft by the New York Giants,  committed to the Blue Devils in the same Class of 2015 and quickly passed him on the depth chart, Harris didn’t...

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The NBA early entry withdrawal deadline spawned a spate of stories projecting college teams as winners and losers. They were based on players staying in school and those gone to the NBA – actually, overseas or to the G-League for most of them. Those evaluations were a little...

This NBA draft brought out best in parents

This NBA draft brought out best in parents

Not all parents of elite athletes are nuts. We’re reminded of that with comments from Zion Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson. Following rapid speculation that Duke’s "Zeus of College Basketball" season will look for a way out of playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, the NBA...

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...