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Voice of famed Laettner shot taking farewell tour

Voice of famed Laettner shot taking farewell tour

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke football/basketball play-by-play man Bob Harris arrived at Cameron Indoor Stadium Wednesday with a lifetime of stories to tell around the announcement that this season will be his 41st and final one behind the microphone.One in particular was about a...

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

Five quarterbacks battles in the ACC

The list of returning ACC starting quarterbacks clearly starts with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. He should have won the Heisman Trophy despite finishing third in the voting.Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is back for his sophomore season after taking over the starting role with signs he...

Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

A year ago Duke’s thin roster needed Amile Jefferson as a vital piece. Jefferson and 7-footer Marshall Plumlee were the only reliable post players in a three-wing offense.The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder responded quickly — averaging a double-double, 10.5 points and 10.3 rebounds – but...

Allen needs to lead without Coach K in summer

Allen needs to lead without Coach K in summer

One way Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski adapted to college basketball’s one-and-done culture was to bring incoming freshmen to his Durham campus over the summer to bond with returning players.That was especially important in 2014, when Coach K guided USA Basketball to the FIBA World...

Football needs DeVon Edwards more than basketball

Football needs DeVon Edwards more than basketball

Duke defensive back/kick returner DeVon Edwards has added preseason 2016 All-American honors to past post-season awards. He was named a fourth-team All-American kick returner this week by Athlon Sports.The senior is only a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, but that’s what makes him special...

Markell Johnson latest star to reclassify

Markell Johnson latest star to reclassify

Look for Markell Johnson’s reclassification gamble to land somewhere between Jamal Murray and Derryck Thornton.The North Carolina State-bound point guard is the latest example of a high-profile basketball recruit entering college early. Johnson, a four-star point guard as a...

North Carolina athletes fail to live up to past

North Carolina athletes fail to live up to past

Back in November, I wrote about the 1961 UCLA football team’s threat to boycott the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 1962. I compared the highly principled-but-little-known moment in sports history to Missouri’s threatened boycott last season.In both cases, a unified front from the...

ACC coaches want traditional rivalry dates

ACC coaches want traditional rivalry dates

The subject of traditional football dates came up at the recent ACC meetings in Amelia Island, Fla.Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher and Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney – two men with SEC assistant coachzing backgrounds – were among those that believe an effort to build regular rivalry...

New ACC replay rule a year late for Duke and Cutcliffe

New ACC replay rule a year late for Duke and Cutcliffe

Duke’s David Cutcliffe is more honest and thoughtful with the media than most football coaches. I bring this up because of the ACC’s new instant replay rule, one which adopts a system similar to the NFL.In addition to on-site game officials reviewing a play, a crew of two to...

North Carolina risks future NCAA and ACC events

North Carolina risks future NCAA and ACC events

Last week’s annual ACC spring meetings presented an opportunity to discuss North Carolina’s recently passed House Bill 2, controversial legislation in a state with four charter members – Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest.Let’s hope ACC commissioner John Swofford, a...