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Quinn Cook surpassing Duke teammates

Quinn Cook surpassing Duke teammates

Congratulations, Quinn Cook. But also, damn you, Quinn Cook.Congratulations for working your way through the NBA’s G-League to the big time with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. But damn you for validating Duke’s path to the 2015 NCAA title with three one-and-done freshmen. You...

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke coach David Cutcliffe surveyed the Blue Devils’ recent pro day at Pascal Field House. The pride was palpable. His smile could have bridged the gap that is the school's program before-and-after Cutcliffe’s arrival 10 years ago. Pre-Cutcliffe, Duke won 10 games...

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

Thomas Sirk doubles up on pro day chances

DURHAM, N.C. -- Thomas Sirk is sending a message for NFL scouts: Good things come in pairs. Sirk played quarterback at two colleges, Duke and East Carolina. He earned two degrees, a bachelor’s in political science and masters in liberal arts. Now he’s trying to show NFL scouts...

This Battle of Brittain on ground and air

This Battle of Brittain on ground and air

 By Tom Shanahan DURHAM, N.C. – If Duke combined the rushing yards running backs Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown totaled last season, the Blue Devils would have boasted a 1,519-yard back with 13 touchdowns. Any team would take that production. And it might be something...

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

Loyola Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four is a good time to relate overlooked pioneering histories shared by Michigan State football and the Ramblers' basketball program. Two watershed moments that changed the color of college athletics belong to the Ramblers and the Spartans....

Lloyd travels road of worst case to best case

Lloyd travels road of worst case to best case

By Tom ShanahanDURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s Jonathan Lloyd originally thought it was a worst-case scenario as he was rolled on a hospital bed into surgery to repair an injured ankle. He had been eager to taste college football as a true freshman in the fall of 2014. To get a head start...

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen

The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker QueenBy Lori LeachmanClick here: A daughter's tale of family and football* * * Lori Leachman, an economics professor at Duke University, is the daughter of Lamar Leachman, a former NFL assistant coach with the Detroit Lions...

One clear edge Coach K has on the Wizard

One clear edge Coach K has on the Wizard

Name college basketball’s greatest coach: UCLA’s John Wooden or Duke’s Mike Krzyzrewski? It’s a debate with no definitive answer.The Wizard of Westwood’s supporters cite 10 NCAA titles in 12 years (1964-1975). Coach K’s backers note five national titles spanning three decades...

Daniel Jones brings NFL talent to Quick Lane Bowl

Daniel Jones brings NFL talent to Quick Lane Bowl

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones is still considered an NFL prospect despite and up-and-down season. Duke's 4-0 start was followed by a six-game losing streak and two wins at the end to clinch a berth in the Quick Lane Bowl.My story on Duke quarterback Daniel Jones in the Detroit...

Army receives and delivers push at right time

Army receives and delivers push at right time

One good push in the back from Army fullback Andy Davidson deserves another.Davidson drew praise from the CBS broadcasters Ben Holden and Jay Feely for pushing quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw in the back on key short-yardage plays that helped the Black Knights beat Duke last week,...