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Duke notebook on football and basketball

Duke notebook on football and basketball

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Wilson TimesDaniel Jones proved he was a better quarterback than NFL fans judged him at Duke upon taking over the New York Giants’ starting role as the sixth pick of the NFL draft.Quentin Harris, a fifth-year senior who succeeded Jones, showed...

Duke is less Miami and more Golden State

Duke is less Miami and more Golden State

DURHAM – Duke basketball this year is less Miami Heat circa LaBron James with stacked talent and more Golden State Warriors pre-Kevin Durant. The Blue Devils are a younger Steph Curry version of the Warriors with meshed teamwork, and that makes them more intriguing to watch as...

Lipscomb travels reverse Tobacco Road

Lipscomb travels reverse Tobacco Road

Tobacco is no longer North Carolina’s economic engine, Tobacco Road as an old label for college basketball in the state and Lipscomp University is located in Nashville, Tenn. But there is still a reverse Tobacco Road trip for the Bison to complete. Lipscomb, which won three NIT...

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

CHAPEL HILL – Wake Forest coach Danny Manning is struggling. He guided the Demon Deacons to the NCAA tournament two years ago, but otherwise he’s mired in a fourth losing season out of five in Winston-Salam. The temperature is turning up on the hot seat. Manning never played or...

Winning is not easy in the improved ACC

Winning is not easy in the improved ACC

DURHAM, N.C. – The past decade or so has seen ACC schools top to bottom invest in their football programs. That means seeking out the right coach and properly funding recruiting while building state-of-the-art facilities. Duke and Wake Forest are two developmental programs that...

Wake needs win for three more weeks

Wake needs win for three more weeks

Duke and Wake Forest are known as developmental programs. That means the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons must build recruiting classes based on 3-star prospects and lower rated athletes to compete with ACC schools that are heavy on 4-stars. Their place in the college football food...

Clawson sees new redshirt rule benefit

Clawson sees new redshirt rule benefit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NCAA’s recent rule change permitting freshmen to play up to four games without burning their redshirt season was met with universal approval, but the media buzz sounded like a golf clap. Not so when the ruling reached Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson. He...

This may be year we see best of Kendall Hinton

This may be year we see best of Kendall Hinton

Wake Forest should be welcoming back one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the nation in 2018. Kendall Hinton has Lamar Jackson-like electricity with his feet and possesses a stronger arm than opponents understand. In one of Wake Forest’s spring scrimmages, Wake Forest coach...

Dexter Lawrence on top at Clemson

Dexter Lawrence on top at Clemson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney brought two players large in stature to the recent ACC Kickoff media days. Their combined weight – literally and figuratively – strained the platform.Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is a 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior...

Wake Forest thinks Hinton can raise roof

Wake Forest thinks Hinton can raise roof

Kendall Hinton’s ascent to starting quarterback was interrupted by an injury last year, but Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson indicated throughout spring drills he remains committed to him.Clawson named Hinton his No. 1 quarterback at the start of spring drills last month. He did so...