Monday was a day of firsts for Duke students. First day of school, first day of college for others, and for two national champions, it was their first time taking the mound.
Duke was well-represented in the preseason all-conference team in addition to being picked to finish second in the ACC.
Instead of spending so much time worrying about whether Duke has become a football school or remains a basketball one, follow a golf match, or cheer on the tennis team.
Facing a conference rival in the preseason, the Blue Devils were shown a few areas they might need to tweak before the regular season begins.
The former two-time All-State selection was one of 16 inductees in the inaugural class.
The Blue Devils again couldn't find the back of the net in their second game at the UNC Nike Classic.
The ACC Top Six for Service Award is typically given to six individual student-athletes at each university in the conference. The Blue Devil volleyball team was recognized as a unit.
The summer of 2014 was bookended by two racially-fueled conflicts in sports, and all it demonstrated was that issues concerning race relations are every bit as subjective as they are complex.
Despite dominating the shot count, Duke couldn't find the back of the net against Ohio State in the season opener.
The 6,346 blue chair-back seats added to the bowl's east side this offseason will be followed by larger projects after the 2014 season.
The sophomores both reached the quarterfinals of the tournament before being eliminated, Quinn with Team Canada, Gibbons with Team USA.
The Blue Devils have now outscored their opponents 9-1 through two exhibition games.
While their future classmates were packing and enjoying their final days at home, Duke's third-ranked freshman class was on the field preparing for the upcoming season.
Junior Celine Boutier did not rest on her laurels this summer after leading Duke to its sixth national championship, rather she competed in four international tournaments.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been watching the FIFA World Cup to capture the sense of national pride he will look to instill in Team USA this August.
Dr. Miguel Nicolelis' exoskelton invention was decades in the making, and though it did not get as much positive press as it deserved, it still managed to inspire the youth of a nation.
Head coach Chris Pollard has his team on the same meteroic rise as David Cutcliffe's squad in just two years at the helm of the baseball team.
Head coach Dan Brooks knows just when to press one of his players and when to let them be, which is why he ended the season with Duke's sixth national title under his tutelage.
This year's basketbal recruiting class just might be head coach Mike Krzyzewski's best one yet.