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Pierre moves from emergency RB to game plan

Pierre moves from emergency RB to game plan

DURHAM, N.C. – Two weeks ago Nicodem Pierre moved from quarterback to running back as an emergency stopgap measure. Now he may turn out to be an important offensive weapon.That’s how quickly the redshirt freshman has adapted. He’s even added 10 pounds to his preseason listed...

Takeaways from second Duke scrimmage

Takeaways from second Duke scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. – The greening of Duke’s renovated Wallace Wade Stadium continued as the Blue Devils tested the pristine turf grown in Georgia and transplanted in quadrants for the first time in fall camp.After 75 snaps in Saturday’s second scrimmage leading to the Sept. 3 opener at...

Cutcliffe on the improving state of the ACC

Cutcliffe on the improving state of the ACC

You only need to listen to Duke coach David Cutcliffe speak to recognize his southern roots are in the deep south and Southeastern Conference rather than his current ACC and Durham, N.C., residences.His accent tells you as much as his bio. ...Click here for the rest of my...

Five bold predictions for the ACC include Stephen Colbert

Five bold predictions for the ACC include Stephen Colbert

Atlantic Coast Conference officials need a new champion to carry the conference banner. Florida State has been devaluing the ACC currency for too long.Off the field, players running amok have created SEC-like baggage.Click here for my Todaysu.com story on ACC predictions.

A phone call to Archie and takeaways from Duke scrimmage

A phone call to Archie and takeaways from Duke scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke football coach David Cutcliffe made a phone call Saturday afternoon to Archie Manning at his New Orleans home, but the conversation wasn’t about Peyton and Eli, Archie’s two NFL quarterbacks sons Cutcliffe has tutored over the years.He called for a...

Pierre sacrifices himself to boost Duke running game

Pierre sacrifices himself to boost Duke running game

Newsflash: Duke, short on bodies in the backfield due to injuries, moved its backup quarterback to running back. The positions listed for Nicodem Pierre on the roster now reads, “QB/RB.”Duke’s first test of its emergency backfield will be a Saturday night scrimmage in preparation...

McCaffrey surname adds to Duke chasing Stanford reputation

McCaffrey surname adds to Duke chasing Stanford reputation

Duke football’s upswing continues climbing toward the Stanford bar of national respect for elite academics and winning football. What the Blue Devils need next is a longer run that translates into preseason national rankings they failed to attract in 2015.“Internally, I think...

West Point opportunity spans generations and wars

West Point opportunity spans generations and wars

Captain Mike Krzyzewski (U.S. Army retired) and Army West Point plebe Ahmad Bradshaw are separated by a couple generations and wars spanning decades, but the past and present Black Knights share more in common than their Chicago roots. Someone convinced them...

Duke and Wisconsin spared us celebrating the Kentucky way

Duke and Wisconsin spared us celebrating the Kentucky way

Duke’s freshmen players talked about committing to the Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski to win a national title. The name on the front of the jersey mattered. Kentucky’s freshmen -- starting with John Wall as head coach John Calipari's first freshman lottery pick...

Coach K and measuring up to Coach Wooden

Coach K and measuring up to Coach Wooden

No matter how you add up the numbers or inflate college basketball today at the expense of the past, it’s hard to make an all-around case that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has caught up to UCLA’s immortal John Wooden. Coach K won’t even dare try, even though his 12th...