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Cutcliffe Moves Student Section, Adds Fireworks; Are Tailgate Changes Next?

(08/14/08 12:11am)

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.

Ted Roof Update

(08/04/08 7:07am)'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.

No Top-25 Vote This Year From Spurrier

(08/02/08 2:30am)

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.

Duke Football Garnering National Attention

(08/01/08 5:59pm)

To find news about Duke Football on, 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.

Blue Devils Secure 19th Recruit, 8th in 48 Hours

(07/31/08 3:52am)

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.

The Commits Just Keep on Comin'

(07/29/08 11:35pm)

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.

Nolan Smith Discusses Jennings' Potential EuroTrip

(06/25/08 2:54am)

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.