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Duke uses runs in second half to beat NC State

Duke uses runs in second half to beat NC State

Duke’s thin and incomplete roster is a shadow of last year’s NCAA championship team, but opponents must still play 60 minutes to beat the Blue Devils. North Carolina State, threatening an upset in the first half, learned that lesson the hard way while suffering an 88-78 loss...

NC State and Duke struggling with depth

NC State and Duke struggling with depth

North Carolina State finally meets an ACC opponent boasting an advantage in-depth.Wolfpack Coach Mark Gottfried goes two deep on his bench. Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski has been only going one deep. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

Duke bounce back may depend on Jefferson return

Duke bounce back may depend on Jefferson return

Duke basketball entered Monday night’s loss to Syracuse ranked 167th in the nation in defensive rebounding.That’s one stat that explains how the Blue Devils lost their third straight game for the first time since 2007, and dropped three in a row to unranked opponents for the...

Cutcliffe makes a special promotion to offensive coordinator

Cutcliffe makes a special promotion to offensive coordinator

David Cutcliffe’s choice of Zac Roper as Duke’s new offensive coordinator demonstrated the attention he pays to special teams more than many head coaches who view it as an afterthought – a spot for a young assistant to mature or an older coach to finish his career.Cutcliffe...

Duke claims first bowl victory since 1961

Duke claims first bowl victory since 1961

Duke found a way to take another step in elevating its long-downtrodden football program despite an overall disappointing season marred by a four-game losing streak.The Blue Devils won their first bowl game since 1961 with a 44-41 overtime victory against Indiana Saturday in the...

Cutcliffe feeling gratitude over fourth bowl game

Cutcliffe feeling gratitude over fourth bowl game

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Coach David Cutcliffe likes to take early-morning walks and often talks aloud to his dog. Assuming there are still newspaper subscribers in his neighborhood, they could hear him as they step outside for the paper.They need not be alarmed about their coach’s...

Matt Skura handled Duke media role in tough times

Matt Skura handled Duke media role in tough times

DURHAM, N.C. — Each Tuesday, Duke coach David Cutcliffe and three or four players meet with the media at the Brooks Football Building. They rehash the last week’s game and look ahead to the upcoming opponent.Most weeks, media relations department officials Art Chase and...

Divide in developing talent separates Coach K and Coach Cal

Divide in developing talent separates Coach K and Coach Cal

Mike Krzyzewski heard himself described last year as moving to the dark side of recruiting where John Calipari resides. He was living and dying with three freshmen projected as one-and-done players jumping to the NBA.Indeed, Duke won the NCAA title behind three freshmen that soon...

Pittsburgh separates from Duke with physical play

Pittsburgh separates from Duke with physical play

Pittsburgh’s dominating second half to beat Duke 31-13 sent more than a lone message addressed to the Blue Devils.First-year coach Pat Narduzzi’s Panthers also sent a statement to the rest of the Coastal and maybe the ACC as a whole. Just wait until Narduzzi has his own players...

Duke secondary overaggressive in loss to North Carolina

Duke secondary overaggressive in loss to North Carolina

Former NFL quarterback Brock Huard is paid to breakdown defenses as an ESPN college football analyst.So with his background it didn’t take long to come up with an explanation on the Duke-North Carolina ESPN2 broadcast why Duke’s otherwise talented secondary was burned by North...