It won't be easy for David Cutcliffe to forget the feeling of missing the postseason, because he might go through the same thing this year.
The Blue Devils cratered at the end of last season, but during that stretch, Duke showed that it is ready to return to the postseason.
Throughout this tumultuous regular season, through all the ups and downs, there has been one question that I cannot get out of my head—one that, before the season, I never really thought would need to be asked. Is Duke good?
Despite Duke rowing reaching its first-ever NCAA championship and baseball returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1961, a combination of bad timing, down-trending programs and off-years from the usual heavyweights made 2016 a year to forget.
The Blue Devils’ 4-8 record this year did not surprise me, but I was surprised at how they got there.
When Duke hired Ben Albert as the team’s defensive line coach last February, it was the start of an evolution for the Blue Devil defense.