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Duke and Notre mitigation leads to football

Duke and Notre mitigation leads to football

College football seems one COVID-19 outbreak away from shutting down without a 2020 season, but two teams that so far appear to have avoided pratfalls plaguing other campuses are Duke and Notre Dame. Conveniently, the ACC’s revised schedule has Duke traveling to South Bend to...

Blue Devils hoping for time to prove selves

Blue Devils hoping for time to prove selves

The clock is ticking on college football preview stories, so let’s get this one posted before it’s too late. It’s about Duke believing it can surprise people with an improved offense.The COVID-19 pandemic may end the season before it starts, a view that has been increasingly...

Duke and Notre Dame practice mitigation

Duke and Notre Dame practice mitigation

College football seems one COVID-19 outbreak away from shutting down without a 2020 season, but two teams that so far appear to have avoided pratfalls plaguing other campuses are Duke and Notre Dame. Conveniently, the ACC’s revised schedule has Duke traveling to South Bend to...

ACC expected to rescue Notre Dame again

ACC expected to rescue Notre Dame again

By TOM SHANAHANNotre Dame football may soon request the Atlantic Coast Conference throw it another lifeline.The Irish treasure their independence in football, and to preserve it they have been previously forced to survive ramifications of conference expansion and post-season...

Duke spared infection spike with late return

Duke spared infection spike with late return

By TOM SHANAHAN Four months ago, at the start of the COVID-19 shut down, Duke coach David Cutcliffe cautioned his brethren to think about uniformity. He was concerned about schools and coaches seeking a competitive edge. “That’s when people start trying to take care of...

Duke turns digital to help with draft process

Duke turns digital to help with draft process

The past week NFL general managers and their scouts, prior to social distancing, assembled in a room to tie up loose ends prior to making their draft picks. The gatherings include “readings” to finalize their strategy. Scouts read their evaluations of players that ranged from...

Cutcliffe learning technology is his friend

Cutcliffe learning technology is his friend

The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out more than spring football. How are prognosticators to forecast the 2020 season?Returning starters -- most importantly a veteran quarterback -- are the conventional methods to predict a college football team’s upcoming season, but this is an...

My updates on Duke hoop and spring football

My updates on Duke hoop and spring football

By Tom Shanahan, Special to the TimesDURHAM —North Carolina is riding a three-game win streak, while Duke has dropped three of its last five. Normally, that suggests the Tar Heels are seeking a top postseason seed and the Blue Devils racing the calendar to find their stride.But...

This Duke team has Coach K sounding giddy

This Duke team has Coach K sounding giddy

By Tom Shanahan | Special to the TimesDURHAM — Mike Krzyzewksi, Duke’s hall-of-fame basketball coach, sounded positively giddy Monday night, just three days before his 73rd birthday. And that’s a good thing not to be confused with a chuckling over a grandfatherly moment.Coach K...

Duke notebook on football and basketball

Duke notebook on football and basketball

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Wilson TimesDaniel Jones proved he was a better quarterback than NFL fans judged him at Duke upon taking over the New York Giants’ starting role as the sixth pick of the NFL draft.Quentin Harris, a fifth-year senior who succeeded Jones, showed...