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Report: Semi Ojeleye to transfer to Southern Methodist

Semi Ojeleye may have a new home.

Two weeks after it was announced that the sophomore would not return to Duke for the spring semester, Ojeleye has reportedly committed to Southern Methodist and head coach Larry Brown. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

The 6-foot-7 forward will be eligible to play for the Mustangs next December and will have two-and-a-half years of eligibility remaining. In limited action for the Blue Devils this season, Ojeleye was averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Southern Methodist officials did not immediately return an email seeking comment Saturday night.

The Mustangs are off to an 8-3 start this season and will be one of the favorites this year in the American Athletic Conference... Read more

Crowder catches Vernon, finishes historic career in Sun Bowl

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EL PASO, Texas—Duke has had several all-time great wide receivers and senior Jamison Crowder cemented his place in the group with his performance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl against No. 15 Arizona State Saturday at Sun Bowl Stadium.

The Monroe, N.C., native finished with seven receptions for 102 yards, a 68-yard punt return touchdown in his final game and a go-ahead 12-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-2 with 5:03 left.

Crowder tied former teammate Conner Vernon atop the ACC's all-time career receptions list with 283 with a 45-yard reception on third-and-six on the Blue Devils' final possession of the game—which ended in heartbreak after an interception—and reached several other milestones Saturday... Read more

The Chronicle's Top 10: Duke-North Carolina rivalry postponed by winter storm

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From the field to the court, the Blue Devils provided fans and media members alike with plenty of memorable moments. With 2014 coming to a close, The Chronicle is taking look back on the year's biggest stories. Coming in at No. 4 on our list: the winter storm that postponed the year's first Duke-North Carolina basketball game by a week.

As the afternoon of Feb. 12 wore on, conditions in Durham and Chapel Hill continued to deteriorate, until college basketball's signature rivalry was faced with a Tobacco Roadblock.

The first installment of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry in 2014 was postponed due to Winter Storm Pax, which blew into the Triangle and dumped six inches of snow on the area, stopping classes, traffic and, ultimately, the basketball game originally scheduled for that night. The game was pushed back to Thursday, Feb. 20, the middle game of a three-game, five-day stretch for the Blue Devils.

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Cutcliffe, Duke football pull off more magical trickery in bowl games in Sun Bowl but come up short

Darbi Griffith / The Chronicle

EL PASO, TEXAS—Duke fell short in its bowl game for the third consecutive year in the Sun Bowl vs. No. 15 Arizona State Saturday at Sun Bowl Stadium, but once again the loss wasn't due to a lack of creativity.

Last year in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Blue Devils caught then-No. 20 Texas A&M off guard with an onside kick in the first half.

This year, after falling behind early, Duke used a pair of trick plays to climb back into the game and take the lead.

First, halfway through the final quarter, with the Blue Devils down by six, on fourth-and-11 from midfield, punter Will Monday faked a punt and threw to sophomore wideout Johnell Barnes for 30 yards... Read more

Report: Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel considering playing for Duke as graduate transfer

According to Laura Keeley of the News & Observer, the Blue Devils could land another big-name transfer after getting safety Jeremy Cash in 2012.

Before Saturday's Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, between Duke and No. 15 Arizona State, Keeley first reported that Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is considering becoming a graduate transfer for the Blue Devils next season.

Team sources said that the team had no comment following the game.

In the report, Keeley wrote that Driskel has sent Duke a release allowing the team to contact him.

Driskel has had a tumultuous career after being tabbed the top pro-style quarterback coming out of high school and helping the Gators to an 11-2 record in his first season as a starter in 2012. He threw for 1,646 yards, with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions during the campaign.

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Extra Point: Duke football vs. Arizona State

The final minutes of bowl games continue to be cruel to the Blue Devils.

Less than 30 seconds after taking its first lead of the game on a trick play, Duke found itself trailing once again, and an Anthony Boone interception in the end zone with less than a minute to play dropped the curtain on Duke's Sun Bowl dreams, falling 36-31 to No. 15 Arizona State. After clawing their way back from an early 20-3 hole, the Blue Devils came up just short of the first back-to-back 10-win campaigns in program history.

Senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder hauled in seven passes for 102 yards and helped Duke score two unconventional touchdowns in the loss. The Blue Devils head into the offseason needing to replace several key contributors to the program's turnaround, including Boone, Crowder, wide receiver Issac Blakeney and left guard Laken Tomlinson.

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HALFTIME: Arizona State 20, Duke 17

EL PASO, TEXAS—The Sun Devils got off to the hot start, but the Blue Devils have responded in a hurry at Sun Bowl Stadium.

Led by redshirt senior quarterback Taylor Kelly—who was 16-of-22 for 163 yards—Arizona State scored on its first four possessions and took a 20-3 lead as the Duke offense sputtered. Kelly has completed passes to eight different receivers already and the Sun Devils added 98 rushing yards to keep the Blue Devil defense off balance.

But Duke responded after the early onslaught, as junior running back Shaquille Powell sparked a 78-yard scoring drive with hard running and two big receptions and senior Jamison Crowder had a 68-yard punt return touchdown to get the Blue Devils back within three late in the half.

Duke's defense was able to hold at the end of the half and will look to continue its momentum after finally stopping the Sun Devils on the first possession of the second half.

After finding their footing, the Blue Devils are in position for their first bowl win in 54 seasons with a strong second-half performance... Read more

Video: Duke and Arizona State bands battle before Sun Bowl

EL PASO, TEXAS—Duke and No. 15 Arizona State are set to do battle on the gridiron Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sun Bowl Stadium, but Friday night the two bands also battled it out at the Fan Fiesta to get fans even more excited for Saturday's contest.

Our Darbi Griffith was in attendance and put together a video with the best highlights from both groups.


Which band do you think prevailed, Duke's or Arizona State's? Let us know on Twitter @chroniclesports.

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The Chronicle's Top 10: Duke basketball's freshman class living up to expectations

From the field to the court, the Blue Devils provided fans and media members alike with plenty of memorable moments. With 2014 coming to a close, The Chronicle is taking look back on the year's biggest stories. We continue our countdown with No. 5 and the rise of Duke basketball's heralded freshman class.

People knew Duke's freshman quartet would be good. But this good?

The top-ranked recruiting class of Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Grayson Allen is off to a flying start this season, a major reason why head coach Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have won all 10 games by double-figures.

The group came to Durham faced with lofty expectations from every corner of the basketball universe—including their own. And the rookies have not disappointed. Okafor, Jones and Winslow—Read more

Best quotes from head coaches David Cutcliffe and Todd Graham ahead of Hyundai Sun Bowl

Darbi Griffith / The Chronicle

EL PASO, TEXAS—The last major media events before this year's Sun Bowl were press conferences featuring the head coaches from each team. Arizona State's Todd Graham and Duke's David Cutcliffe showed their appreciation for the hospitality of the Sun Bowl staff then dove into analysis of Saturday's 2 p.m. matchup at Sun Bowl Stadium between Duke and No. 15 Arizona State. Here are the best quotes from today's press conferences:

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On Duke vice president and director of athletics Kevin White and Football Chair of the Sun Bowl John Folmer having ties to Arizona State: "I have visited there three times so I want to go on record and say that I have too spent some time at Arizona State."

On the Sun Bowl compared to other bowl games and his experience: "The Sun Bowl hospitality is second to none... Read more