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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...

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke up the day between the NCAA and ACC pulling championship events from North Carolina over the state’s discriminatory House Bill 2. Coach K’s words are not to be taken lightly.Krzyzewski assumed the mantle as patriarch of the state’s...

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...

North Carolina offense comes to life

North Carolina offense comes to life

With North Carolina’s offense coming to life, let us honor the late Gene Wilder with his legendary words from “Young Frankenstein.” They apply to the Tar Heels’ 48-23 win Saturday night at Illinois.“Alive! It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!” ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...

Hinton enjoys homecoming at Duke expense

Hinton enjoys homecoming at Duke expense

DURHAM, N.C. — It turned out the “other” quarterback emerged from the Wake Forest-Duke ACC opener at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Durham Kid.Wake Forest’s Kendall Hinton, the hometown kid who left Southern Durham High to play 80 miles down I-40 in Winston-Salem, returned home to...

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...