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Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Two years ago it looked like the one-and-dones had won. The college basketball world was theirs to rule.Duke captured the NCAA title behind three freshmen who left early for the NBA Draft: Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. In that same 2015 Final Four, Kentucky – led...

Virginians top returning ACC linebackers

Virginians top returning ACC linebackers

Virginia’s Micah Kiser is the ACC’s most prominent returning linebacker, but rival Virginia Tech tops the conference in linebacker numbers and talent. All three starters are back with two who earned All-ACC honors.The defending ACC Coastal Division champions again line up with...

Patriot League seeks another NCAA upset

Patriot League seeks another NCAA upset

The Patriot League gets a February head start on March Madness as one of the first leagues to open postseason play. Don’t be too quick to dismiss the Patriot League.Mighty Duke was the No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament when the Blue Devils were knocked off by No. 15 seed...

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

The ACC does wide receivers, too. Dynamic wideouts were one reason the ACC supplanted the SEC as the nation’s top football conference in 2016.The so-called basketball conference was highlighted by the play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the Tigers to the national...

Duke opens spring ball with rising talent

Duke opens spring ball with rising talent

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe met with the media continued a college football ritual across America of extolling his 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday’s national signing day.But Cutcliffe didn’t stop thereClick here for the rest of my FanRagSports story

Duke recruiting rising to Stanford model

Duke recruiting rising to Stanford model

Ben Humphreys better than any Duke player represents head coach David Cutcliffe’s quest to build an ACC program that emulates Stanford’s consistent success as an academically elite school competing in the Pac-12.He’s an example of a four-star recruit with brains and brawn that...

Gottfried finds another big man with Kapita

Gottfried finds another big man with Kapita

A North Carolina State big man provided the difference in the Wolfpack’s 84-82 upset of Duke on Monday night with a double-double, but the surprise was both who he was and wasn’t.Actually, it was two big men that Duke acting head coach Jeff Capel praised in his postgame comments....

Duke lacks intangibles Quinn Cook provided

Duke lacks intangibles Quinn Cook provided

It’s not time to panic, but Duke looks bewildered.There is still plenty of basketball to be played and there is too much talent on Duke’s roster. As many as three freshmen and junior Grayson Allen have been projected as first-round draft picks....

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

In football’s quest to become a year-round sport, it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season.The national title Clemson claimed Monday night was the ACC’s second in four years, and the league has been represented in the College Football Playoff all three years. The...

Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Jeff Capel, Duke’s unofficial head-coach-in-waiting, faces a tough test the next four weeks replacing Mike Krzyzewski. Much more challenging than for one game a year ago or whatever future season it is that he succeeds his mentor.I feel confident labeling Capel the “unofficial...