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We're back for another week of video podcasting our preview for this weekend's Duke-Northwestern game at 7 p.m. Saturday in Wallace Wade Stadium. This time, we shifted locations to the ledge of the field in Wally Wade—where the wind was less of a factor, but the sun was just as powerful.
Ben Cohen, The Chronicle's sports editor, and Matthew Iles, sports managing editor and lead football beat writer for the past two seasons, discuss the Blue Devils' opening day matchup against James Madison. This video was filmed on the steps of the Duke Chapel Thursday afternoon. We apologize in advance for the wind. We can't control it.
The votes are in, and the results are hardly surprising.
No longer will Tailgate attenders be close enough to heckle opposing teams. New head coach David Cutcliffe has decided to move the student section in Wallace Wade Stadium behind the Duke bench on the other side of the field, he told employees Thursday while giving them free tickets to Duke's opener against James Madison Aug. 30.
ESPN.com's Big 10 blogger Adam Rittenberg has a two part interview up with former Duke head football coach Ted Roof, who took over as Minnesota's defensive coordinator in March. Roof was a well-regarded defensive coach at Georgia Tech before serving first as a coordinator and then a head coach at Duke. Blue Devil fans know all too well about Roof's abysmal 6-45 record over four and a half seasons at the helm, which led to his dismissal last November 26.
Like expecting for the sky to be blue and grass to grow green, Duke football fans seemingly could depend on former coach Steve Spurrier cracking open a window to the hallowed halls of college football's top 25 each August. Out of respect for the university that gave him his first head coaching gig in college, the Ol' Ball Coach has year after year given his 25th and final vote on the first coaches' poll to Duke, even when the team has posted dreadful results in the win/loss column.
To find news about Duke Football on rivals.com, it usually takes a few clicks to navigate to the school's individual page. And then, you usually have to convince the website that, no, you're not here for basketball news. And then, buried deep in the website where good news has rarely been found in the past several years, you find the stories on Duke Football.
Ross Cockrell helped keep Duke's incredible recruiting week on track when he announced his verbal commitment Wednesday night. The Charlotte native is a three-star defensive back, bringing the total number of in-state recruits to nine, one more than the last four years combined. Cockrell also held offers from Virginia and Liberty, and had been drawing interest from Michigan and Illinois.
Tuesday was a major day for new head coach David Cutcliffe and his Blue Devils. Including a commitment coming in late Monday night, Duke secured a total of seven new recruits for its 2009 class in the course of 24 hours. The Blue Devils landed three defensive ends, two defensive backs, a linebacker and a wide receiver. The flurry of action brought Duke's total number of 2009 verbal commitments to 18, one more than last year's class. Perhaps more impressively, eight of the recruits are in-state, as many as Duke nabbed in the last four seasons combined.
A four-star recruit and fourth-best all-purpose back in the country according to Rivals.com, Desmond Scott had the option to play for just about any school he wanted to. A Durham Hillside product, he had committed to play for Greg Schiano and Rutgers, but all along he had one nagging concern in the back of his head.
David Cutcliffe's coaching staff finished up a successful recruiting campaign this summer, reeling in six solid recruits for the 2009 freshman class. The biggest catches by far are four-star defensive tackle John Drew, three-star quarterback Sean Schroeder and three-star tight end Ryan Hall.
Recent Duke graduate Shannon Rowbury took first place in Sunday's 1,500-meter finals at the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., securing a berth on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. Rowbury finished with a time of 4:05.48, ahead of fellow Olympic qualifiers Erin Donohue (4:08.20) and Christin Wurth (4:08.48).
After wrapping up a highly successful weekend in which Duke landed three quality commitments, head coach David Cutcliffe and his Blue Devils are hoping to secure their second four-star recruit of the 2009 class.
With the 2008 NBA draft only a few days away, there has been plenty of talk about the NBA’s draft eligibility age requirements. The league's current rule requires players to be one year removed from high school graduation and at least age 19 in the calendar year of the draft to be eligible for selection. The latest news regarding the implications of this rule, however, seems to indicate that the newest path to the pros for top high school players might involve a passport rather than textbooks and a one-year campus stay.
With tight ends Jack Farrell and Ryan Hall, athlete Corey Gattis and four-star defensive lineman John Drew already verbally committed to Duke's class of 2009, the Blue Devils picked up their fifth recruit and third in as many days Sunday with the addition of quarterback Sean Schroeder.
After de-committing from Georgia Tech early last week, four-star defensive lineman John Drew opened up his college search again. But not for long.
Athlon Magazine has ranked all 119 Division I-A schools for the 2008 season, and the Blue Devils earned the lowly spot of No. 80. Actually, it's not that bad, considering they were consistently honored in ESPN.com's Bottom 10 last season.
In Friday's NCAA men's javelin championships, redshirt freshman John Austin placed eighth out of the 12 finalists, garnering automatic All-American status. His throw of 216'-10" was good enough to make him only the second freshman in the top eight and the first male Blue Devil to earn All-American honors since Brett Warner did so in the pole vault in 2003.
At Wednesday's NCAA Championship javelin trials at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, redshirt freshman John Austin came in 11th place out of 26 with a 211'-8" toss. His finish landed him amongst the top-12 throwers, who move on from the preliminaries to the finals on Friday.