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Blue Devils win on emotional night for Coach K

Blue Devils win on emotional night for Coach K

Mike Krzyzewski frequently shows anger on a basketball court, but it’s limited to poor play from his Blue Devils or calls he feels the referees missed. This time his wrath found a new target in Duke’s 79-67 win Tuesday night over visiting Pitt. At the halftime buzzer, the...

Pitt appears surprise Coastal team over Duke

Pitt appears surprise Coastal team over Duke

DURHAM – Duke raised some eyebrows in the ACC last week with its 45-10 win at Virginia. Maybe the Blue Devils do have enough to be the surprise challenger to ACC Coastal preseason favorite Virginia Tech. But that was before Pitt visited Duke Saturday night at Wallace Wade...

Johnson plays with new aura in Carolina Blue

Johnson plays with new aura in Carolina Blue

CHAPEL HILL – Cameron Johnson is the same guy that averaged 11.9 points a game two seasons ago, but he possesses a different aura about him. He’s no longer just another good ACC player in a Pitt uniform. At North Carolina, a blue blood basketball program, he's a focal point...

Coach in waiting now opposite Duke bench

Coach in waiting now opposite Duke bench

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse’s 73-year-old coach, said something that helps explain Jeff Capel coaching Pitt basketball tonight against Duke rather than seated next to Mike Krzyzewski, 71, for another year as his associate head coach. Boeheim responded to a question about retirement...

Narduzzi adds title to home he found at Pitt

Narduzzi adds title to home he found at Pitt

Six years ago Pat Narduzzi turned down tripling his salary for a lateral move as a defensive coordinator. Five years ago he declined a chance to become a head coach for the first time. Thanks to his discerning eye, this year, his fourth as Pitt’s head coach, he’s sitting pretty...

Blocking is secret Jackson learned in college

Blocking is secret Jackson learned in college

DURHAM, N.C. -- More is being asked of Deon Jackson these days, especially with starting running back Brittain Brown injured. Jackson ran the ball only 32 times last year, but it’s more than the number of carries that have altered his work load. No matter how many times Jackson...

Narduzzi enters third phase at Pitt

Narduzzi enters third phase at Pitt

Pat Narduzzi opens spring football with a new boss. Pitt introduced Heather Lyke on Monday as the Panthers’ new athletic director. That can be problematic for a football coach.Athletic directors tend to like to have their own pick manning the primary revenue sport of an athletic...

ACC teams were national on many levels

ACC teams were national on many levels

Clemson is positioned in the College Football Playoff for the second-straight year. The ACC, frustrated by living in the neighboring SEC’s shadow, would love to point to two national titles in the last four years. That would be one more than the SEC.The ACC’s Florida State won...

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

Clemson leads 11 ACC teams into the bowl season with its second-straight berth in the College Football Playoff. That total in a 14-team conference ties a league record for the third time in four years.The Tigers finished last year as the runner-up to Alabama. They are the No. 2...

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

The Atlantic Coast Conference honoring Pitt’s James Conner as winner of the Brian Piccolo Award was a no-brainer. The Piccolo Award is awarded to “the most courageous” player in the ACC, but Conner also is worthy of any such national award.In 2014, Conner was a the ACC’s leading...