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Blue Devils climb toward NCAA title potential

Blue Devils climb toward NCAA title potential

By Tom Shanahan, Special to the TimesEight straight wins, seven by double figures, five of them by 20-plus points and two those in ACC games by 39 (Boston College) and 33 (Miami). Duke looks again like not only a Final Four team but one that can win it all. With no other...

Blue Devils turn the table on the triple option

Blue Devils turn the table on the triple option

DURHAM -- Duke made Georgia Tech fans suffer for more reasons than the final score, the Blue Devils’ 41-23 victory Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium. They forced them to endure watching Duke’s triple-option package convert plays, especially on fourth down to keep early...

ACC playing up more than hoop and baseball

ACC playing up more than hoop and baseball

DURHAM, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference likes to capitalize on its basketball and basketball tournaments as a time highlight national prominence in the sports. It’s also a subtle method to overlook football’s second-class stature. Not anymore. Throughout the 2019 ACC...

NBA lockout steered Walton to his future

NBA lockout steered Walton to his future

“The Lakers had a tough start, but they’ll turn it around. They’ll get on a winning streak. Luke is a great coach and they have the best player in the world, LeBron.” --- Josh Pastner, Oct, 24 at ACC media day By Tom Shanahan Luke Walton’s coaching career is attached to Steve...

Inside linebackers remain joined at hip

Inside linebackers remain joined at hip

 If it seemed like Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys were joined at the hip throughout last week’s win at Georgia Tech, look no further the defensive statistics. Together, Duke’s inside linebackers combined for 26 tackles. Giles-Harris, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder, led the...

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

“The option is still revered at certain high schools, but – despite the zeal of some coaches – the once venerated scheme has been languishing at the college level for years. Now rule changes may doom it there too.” – Sports Illustrated, Oct. 8, 2018 issue.   By Tom...

Two throwbacks of another kind protect Jones

Two throwbacks of another kind protect Jones

DURHAM, N.C. -- These days, college football verbiage often turns to claims the billion-dollar industry exploits athletes. Once in awhile, though, we’re reminded of the sport’s innocent roots before money hardened the game. They grew when some Princeton and Rutgers students...

Army rebuilding began with old Navy coach

Army rebuilding began with old Navy coach

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson found himself reflecting on his coaching tree Tuesday on the weekly Atlantic Coast Conference coaches call.Jeff Monken has rebuilt Army's historic program and Brian Bohannon has founded Kennesaw State from the ground up as a third-year program....

Clemson and Bryant return to form

Clemson and Bryant return to form

The Clemson Tigers bounced back from its upset loss to Syracuse with a 24-10 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the rain Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.The Tigers, ranked No. 7 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls,...

Georgia Tech reboot starts at quarterback

Georgia Tech reboot starts at quarterback

In a 2016 season when longtime nemesis Mark Richt joined their division, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were easy to overlook. A central task of the 2017 season is to regain status as a centerpiece program in the ACC.Georgia Tech dropped three straight midseason games to fall...