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In the latest installment of the Michael Avenatti and Zion Williamson drama, Duke University seemingly shut the door on Avenatti, as its months-long investigation culminated with no evidence to support the lawyer's claims that Williamson or his family compromised his NCAA eligibility by accepting payments from Nike officials.
ATLANTA—When Duke felt like it was out of options, it turned to the most tempting of options: the triple-option.
ATLANTA — A miracle was necessary for 34.5-point underdog Duke to overcome a loaded Alabama team that returned the Heisman Trophy runner-up in quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the most talented wide receiver in all of college football in Jerry Jeudy.
With the 2019 Duke football season getting underway Saturday, The Chronicle's football beat writers Derek Saul, Evan Kolin, Ramona Naseri, Dilan Trivedi and Shane Smith give their predictions for the upcoming Blue Devils campaign.
Sports editor Derek Saul and football beats Shane Smith and Evan Kolin preview Duke's 2019 campaign and Saturday's matchup against Alabama.
In 2013, the Blue Devils won 10 games—the most in program history.
When he was hired by Duke four decades ago, Mike Krzyzewski was a young head coach with limited prior experience. After a tumultuous few seasons to open his tenure in Durham, Krzyzewski was able to put together a legendary recruiting class in 1982 that opened the door for him to put together arguably the most impressive coaching resume of all-time. Krzyzewski is now a five-time national champion with the Blue Devils, the all-time winningest coach in college basketball and a three-time Olympic gold medal winner as coach of U.S.A. basketball.
At just 31 years old, Nolan Smith—the 2010 national champion, 2010-11 ACC Player of the Year and current Director of Basketball Operations for Duke men’s basketball—has accomplished just about everything possible for one college basketball program.
A lot of buzz has surrounded the Duke football program in recent months, as three-year starting quarterback Daniel Jones was selected with the sixth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft and the Blue Devils will open the season against No. 2 Alabama. Despite the headlines, Duke could be due for a disappointing fall, with a tough schedule and significant personnel losses in tow. Let’s take a look at what to expect from the Blue Devils this fall.
The 2019 spring season went exceedingly well for Duke at a program-wide level, with the women's golf team capturing its seventh national championship in thrilling fashion and the men's lacrosse and women's tennis squads both reaching the Final Four in their respective NCAA tournaments.
Reeling from the loss of offensive standouts Daniel Jones, T.J. Rahming and others to graduation and the NFL, Duke's offense already had some serious concerns about depth to address.
With Duke's 2018 starting wide receiver trio of T.J. Rahming, Johnathan Lloyd and Chris Taylor all not coming back to Durham this fall, experienced pass-catchers were already few and far between for the Blue Devils.
Nobody has generated more sneaker talk than Zion Williamson in the last year, with the former Duke forward famously ripping through his Nike sneaker in February against North Carolina, sending a ripple through the sports world.
As an undrafted free agent, Marques Bolden needs to quickly prove his worth in order to secure a spot in the NBA. And in his first professional action, Bolden made his case to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers long-term.
Don’t expect to crack open a cold one at a Duke game just yet.
NEW YORK—A day ago, R.J. Barrett promised that he would cry when Commissioner Adam Silver called his name at the NBA Draft. Zion Williamson was less certain.
NEW YORK—After almost a year of covering Zion Williamson, one would think no amount of frenzy could come as a surprise anymore. But at Wednesday’s media availability leading up to the NBA Draft, the madness was in its fullest effect—frustration mounted as Williamson arrived 15 minutes late to his allotted time slot as prior obligations ran long, and a full-on territory war emerged over winning the chance to catch a glance of the budding superstar.
With just a few days before Thursday's NBA Draft, five members of The Chronicle's staff share where they think the four former Blue Devils in the draft will end up, analysis for the potential fits for Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Marques Bolden and projections for the rest of the lottery:
With his off the charts athleticism, infectious personality and boundless potential, there's perhaps no young athlete more marketable than Zion Williamson right now.
While last year’s Duke team is remembered for going on one of the deepest postseason runs in program history, the Blue Devils were just two outs away from bowing out quietly.