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Duke mauled in Miami

(11/07/11 10:00am)

MIAMI — After Blue Devil defenders Austin Gamble and Tony Foster combined to stand up Miami backup quarterback Stephen Morris at the one-yard line on a third-down option keeper, the Hurricanes seemingly faced a tough decision. Leading 7-0 early in the first quarter, Miami was on its second drive, and first-year head coach Al Golden had to decide if he wanted to settle for three points or roll the dice on fourth down.

No giving up on Duke

(10/05/11 8:00am)

Unlike most people in Durham on Saturday night, I was actually aware that the Blue Devils were on the road facing off with upstart Florida International in what had the potential to be a season-defining game from the opening kickoff. So I made my way over to a friend’s off-campus apartment where we would be able to tune into the ESPNU broadcast.

The Midwestern Mauler

(09/21/11 9:00am)

For a Duke defense that ranked 113th out of 120 Division I teams last year with just 12 sacks, it was a bit surprising to see the Blue Devils get through an experienced Stanford offensive line and sack Heisman trophy frontrunner Andrew Luck twice. Even more surprising was the guy who managed to put the highly-touted signal caller on his backside on both occasions.

Academic success no longer an excuse for Duke

(09/07/11 9:00am)

The 2011 U.S. News and World Report national university rankings indicate that Stanford is considered the fifth-best research institution in the country, while Duke comes in at ninth. A similar glance at the AP Top 25 football rankings reveals that Stanford is ranked as the sixth best team in the country, while Duke is predictably absent from the list.

Cutcliffe’s first class prepares for last season

(09/02/11 9:00am)

December 15, 2007, was the beginning of the Duke football program as we know it today. On that day, David Cutcliffe accepted the head coaching job, succeeding Ted Roof and immediately shifting his attention to building his first recruiting class, one that would net 17 players. That meant both trying to convince the Roof commits to remain loyal to the Blue Devils and also trying to persuade other players on his radar to join him in Durham.

Bowl time for Cutcliffe’s deepest Duke team

(07/01/11 8:00am)

For those that have followed my coverage of Duke football over the David Cutcliffe era, you have likely come to expect my annual proclamation that “This is it—make or break.” Or “bowl or bust.” Grouping the espousal of similar commentary with the flock of teary-eyed parents leaving East Campus on move-in day as annual fall events is understandable, but this year the product on the field is different.