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Poll vote for Duke reflects Notre Dame respect

Poll vote for Duke reflects Notre Dame respect

By TOM SHANAHAN Poll voting can be misleading. That’s true of both the Associated Press ballots cast by writers and the USA Today tallies from the coaches. In the past decade or so, Michigan has been the butt of overrated scoffs. The Wolverines brought it upon themselves with...

Duke can look further down road than year ago

Duke can look further down road than year ago

By TOM SHANAHAN Duke is again 0-1 after opening the season against a Top 10 team, but the similarities to 2019 stop with the record as the Blue Devils prepare for their home opener at noon Saturday against Boston College. Duke only stayed with No. 2 Alabama last season for...

Iconic QB  says no national champ this year

Iconic QB says no national champ this year

Tom Shanahan, Special to Detroit Free PressTerry Hanratty answered his cell phone with a muffled voice. Quarterbacks don’t speak softly, but Hanratty wore a mask while shopping at his local market. He has been masked up since surviving his toughest foe, the COVID-19 virus.“I feel...

Brice likes what he sees up front for first start

Brice likes what he sees up front for first start

By TOM SHANAHAN Chase Brice knows the look and presence of a ranked team’s offensive line. He played behind one the last two years as a Clemson backup on a 2018 national championship team and 2019 national runner-up. He’s aware Duke lacked such physicality to matchup in the...

Brice brings experience behind shuffled O line

Brice brings experience behind shuffled O line

By TOM SHANAHAN Now the question is if Duke’s offensive line can simulate Clemson’s standards for quarterback Chase Brice. Duke announced Brice, a Clemson graduate transfer, earned the starting job over weekend for Saturday’s opener at No. 10-ranked Notre Dame that has the...

Saban titles challenge wrong Alabama legacy

Saban titles challenge wrong Alabama legacy

By TOM SHANAHAN Everybody loved the late Bum Phillips -- a Hall-of-Fame quipster and folksy NFL head coach with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. Here’s quintessential Phillips, enshrined in college football lore, explaining Alabama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant’s coaching...

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...

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...

Navy and Notre Dame adapt series to  the times

Navy and Notre Dame adapt series to the times

By TOM SHANAHAN The Notre Dame-Navy rivalry endured World War II interruptions to American life, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to linger above the 2020 college football season. The clout of the deadly virus can still cancel or abbreviates schedules. The Irish and...

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...