Virginia Tech tests Duke and newfound stature
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Virginia Tech tests Duke and newfound stature

Blue Devils, North Carolina and Pittsburgh surprise leaders of Coastal

Photo: Duke defensive end Britton Grier.

DURHAM, N.C. — This is how far David Cutcliffe has lifted Duke’s once hapless football program: The Blue Devils climbed two spots in the AP Top 25 poll without playing a game.

Duke (5-1, 2-0 ACC Coastal) returned from its bye week to prepare for Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech and learn it is ranked No. 23 after cracking the writers poll a week earlier at No. 25. The Blue Devils also are No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."