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Duke football unranked in USA Today preseason coaches poll

A 10-win season, ACC Coastal Division championship and an exciting New Year's Eve shootout with Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M helped catapult the Blue Devils into the national spotlight in 2013. But despite all the progress, Duke will begin the 2014 season the same way it has begun so many others—unranked.

The Blue Devils were left off the USA Today preseason coaches poll, which was released Thursday. Duke garnered 41 points from the pool of voting coaches, 101 points shy of No. 25 Washington.

Reigning national champion Florida State topped the poll, amassing 1,543 points and 56 of 62 first-place votes. Beyond the Seminoles, the ACC was represented in the poll by No. 16 Clemson and No. 23 North Carolina. Notre Dame, which joined the conference in all sports except football last year but will play between four and six games against ACC opponents beginning this season, was ranked No. 17... Read more

Duke unranked in preseason USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll

Duke football still has some work to do when it comes to impressing the head coaches in the NCAA.

Despite being picked by the media to finish second in the Coastal Division this season and finishing the 2013-14 campaign at No. 23 in the AP Top 25, the Blue Devils were left out of the preseason USA Today/Amway Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Released Thursday afternoon, the poll keeps up with every other major ranking system with Florida State leading the nation at No. 1 with Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn rounding out the top five, respectively.

Two other ACC teams made the rankings, as Clemson secured the No. 16 spot and North Carolina came in at No. 23.

Missouri led all unranked teams with 141 votes... Read more

Triangle Football: Fitness Edition

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora was teased Monday during an appearance on ESPN's SportsCenter for his physical fitness. The evidence: a photo posted by his daughter on Twitter, which you can see below.


Fedora said his fitness regimen consists of 45 minutes of weight-lifting four days a week, no cardio, no beer and—remarkably—nine Red Bulls a day during football season, according to the Raleigh News and Observer's Andrew Carter.

Not to be outdone, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe and N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren teamed up for a photo of their own, albeit with a different kind of six-pack. It's not hard to spot where their diets differ from Fedora's.

Team USA releases 17U roster, includes 7 Duke targets

Team USA announced the final roster for the 17U national team today and it was mostly good news for Duke's 2015 and 2016 targets.

The roster will include all four 2015 targets, as Henry Ellenson, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan and Diamond Stone all earned a spot on the squad. Of the four 2016 targets, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Tyus Battle passed through the trials and made the team.

Unfortunately for T.J. Leaf—the newest Duke offeree—he did not survive final cuts and will not be playing for the national team this year

The 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men is scheduled for Aug. 8-16 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The USA opens preliminary play against Greece Aug. 8.

Former Blue Devil player, associate head coach Collins to lead USA Select Team

The number of people associated with Duke and Team USA this summer continued increasing Monday when former Blue Devil player and associate head coach Chris Collins was named coach of the USA Select Team, according to multiple reports.

Collins—who just finished his first season as head coach at Northwestern after leaving Duke—will reunite with two of his former players, Mason and Miles Plumlee, as leader of the squad.

The USA Select Team will help Team USA prepare for next month's FIBA World Cup at training camp in Las Vegas, and consists of 12 of the best young players in the NBA.

Joining the Plumlees on the team are rookies Doug McDermott and Marcus Smart, Trey Burke, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Tobias Harris, Tim Hardaway Jr., Victor Oladipo, Dion Waiters and Cody Zeller... Read more

Duke women's basketball releases 2014-15 nonconference schedule

Blue Devil fans will have no shortage of excitement when basketball season rolls around this year.

Duke women’s basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced the 2014-15 nonconference schedule Monday. With matchups against Connecticut, Texas A&M and Nebraska, the Blue Devils will have their hands full as they look to strengthen their team early in hopes of producing a deep run into the NCAA tournament after last year's early exit.

“It's another fantastic schedule that will challenge us in all ways,” McCallie said in the release. “It will give us a chance to honor senior Elizabeth Williams by taking her home and will bring outstanding teams to Cameron Indoor Stadium.”

Duke will open the regular season at Alabama Nov. 16. Just like they did for Allison Vernerey in her senior season, Duke will then take senior center Elizabeth Williams home when they face Old Dominion Nov. 20 in Norfolk, Va. Williams is a Virginia Beach, Va... Read more

Blue Devils offer Leaf, Jeter to make decision soon

Let's start with big news for the 2016 class: Duke has offered T.J. Leaf.

Leaf is a five-star 6-foot-9 forward from El Cajon, Ca. and is currently ranked 21st in ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2016. The other notable schools after the California big man are UCLA, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Texas and Iowa.

Leaf is a sharp shooting big, who also has the ability to put the ball on the deck and score with either hand. He reportedly plans on announcing during the spring period and we will continue to follow and update his recruitment as more news comes out.

Some more big news came out of Las Vegas Saturday night as CBSSports reported that Chase Jeter planned on making his decision in the coming days and announcing in the next few weeks. Jeter’s final four schools are Duke, Arizona, UCLA and UNLV. The Las Vegas native Read more

Report: Krzyzewski says no end in sight to college coaching career

All good things must come to an end, but Duke and Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he does not see a concrete end to his time as coach of the Blue Devils in an interview with Yahoo Sports.

When asked if he knew how much longer he wanted to coach the national team and Duke, the 67-year old said he was sure about the future of one of his coaching jobs, but not the other.

"I'm going to coach USA, and this is true, through Rio [in the 2016 Olympics]. I might coach in college longer. Probably. I do not see an end of my road in my college coaching. Also, Jerry [Colangelo] will stop being the head of USA Basketball at that time [after the 2016 Olympics]. It's an amazing honor, I've learned a lot and I really like working with Jerry... Read more

Former Duke football standout Juwan Thompson projected to make Broncos roster

According to Jeff Legwold—who covers the Denver Broncos for ESPN's NFL Nation—former Blue Devil running back Juwan Thompson is projected to make the team's 53-man roster.

Thompson was signed as an undrafted free agent by Denver shortly after this year's NFL Draft, along with his former teammate, defensive end Kenny Anunike. Anunike was left off Legwold's projected roster.

Both players have been participating in Denver's training camp, which began last Thursday... Read more

Thornton hired by Wojciechowski to join Marquette staff

The trend of former Duke guards making the jump to coaching continued Friday afternoon.

Former assistant coach and current Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski announced via Twitter that former Duke point guard Tyler Thornton will join the Golden Eagles staff for the coming year.


The job will be Thornton's first foray into the field of coaching. He will join the staff as a graduate manager, as he will enter Marquette's graduate school for a two-year program to earn his Master's in Communications.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has gone on record backing Thornton's future in coaching, making some think he would be on the list to replace Wojciechowski at Duke... Read more