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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bracey with scholarly Fishburne look and sound

Bracey with scholarly Fishburne look and sound

So this is Scott Bracey. Yeah, he is an impressive guy. And that’s before we see if he is on the verge of completing a breakout season.Bracey met with the media for one of the first times – if not the first – since he arrived on campus in the Class of 2016 as a highly touted wide...

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...