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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...

Tre Jones doubling up on dramatic finishes

Tre Jones doubling up on dramatic finishes

DURHAM – Two dramatic finishes, two clutch performances.In just 48 hours, Tre Jones has gone from little brother of Duke icon Tyus Jones – a star on the 2015 NCAA title team -- to his own Blue Devils iconic stature. He's at least getting there until the season ends with or...

Taggart can reshape Florida State image

Taggart can reshape Florida State image

CHARLOTTE, NC. -- Florida State’s Willie Taggart said something at the ACC Kickoff that showed he’s a lot like the rest of us. The Seminoles’ new coach had a low opinion of the program based on decades of off-field headlines.“To be honest with you, I thought I was going to come...

Willie Taggart jump starts Florida State

Willie Taggart jump starts Florida State

Willie Taggart inherently generated renewed enthusiasm in Tallahassee as Florida State’s new football coach. It goes with the business, especially with former coach Jimbo Fisher having alienated fans during a disappointing 7-6 season.Fisher, you'll recall, got in a shouting match...

Why college teams turn to young QBs

Why college teams turn to young QBs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anyone who’s grown up on football believes quarterback is the most difficult position to play in the most complicated team game. Hall of Fame coaches have maintained over the years that it takes time for QBs to mature.So explain how three of the last...

Why young QBs are defying Heisman odds

Why young QBs are defying Heisman odds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anyone who’s grown up on football believes quarterback is the most difficult position to play in the most complicated team game. Hall of Fame coaches have maintained over the years that it takes time for QBs to mature.So explain how three of the last...

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

The bottom fell out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The top capsized, too.The mighty USS Duke and Louisville both went down on Sunday among eight ACC teams eliminated the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Only North Carolina is left hanging on and hoping the shell will stay...

Young ACC corners make their mark early

Young ACC corners make their mark early

Cornerback is one of those positions that used to require seasoned veterans. Rare was the incoming freshman that played. They needed time to learn the college game.But that’s not necessarily the case anymore. The mature true freshmen with ability are pressed into action. Nine of...

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...

NC State women shaking up ACC

NC State women shaking up ACC

RALEIGH – If you thought ACC men’s basketball was off to a topsy-turvy start, check out what’s happening on the distaff side of the conference.North Carolina State, once a proud national power under the legendary Kay Yow, opened ACC play with back-to-back upsets of No. 2 Notre...