Duke football plays Home Run Derby ahead of Pinstripe Bowl

The Blue Devils will be playing their bowl game in a baseball stadium, so as part of their preparation for next week's showdown against Indiana, they decided to dabble in America's pastime themselves.

Duke's clash with the Hoosiers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium is still eight days away, but the team ended practice Friday on a lighthearted note, partaking in a classic schoolyard home run derby.

Even the coaching staff got in on the action, and they apparently got the best of the players. The team's Twitter account praised safeties coach Matt Guerrieri and strength coach Noel Durfy as standouts from the team's competition.

The highlight of the derby, however, was a short clip of head coach David Cutcliffe getting his hacks in. The 61-year-old Cutcliffe stepped in from the left side and made solid contact—but could not smash it quite far enough to soar past a crowd of his players shagging flies on the turf.


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