Sports: Colleges

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 10:12 PM

Blue Devils land top 2016 football prospect Scott Bracey

Duke football has received a verbal commitment from perhaps the highest regarded college prospect in the program’s history, Scott Bracey, of Benedictine High School in Richmond, Va.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

Fanfare: Ex-Blue Devil Thornton named to Wojo's Marquette staff

Marquette has added yet another Duke connection to its men’s basketball staff. Tyler Thornton, who completed his Duke playing career last March, is joining Steve Wojciechowski’s Marquette staff as a graduate assistant. ... College and pro sports news in brief ...


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

NCCU picked to finish 8th in MEAC preseason poll

There are 11 football teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and N.C. Central is not one of the better ones, according to both head coaches and directors of sports information in the league who predicted the Eagles would fly in at eighth place when the season wraps up.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 09:59 PM

NCCU’s Mack debuts at annual Pigskin Preview

New kid on the block. Youngest dude on the dais. A relative boy among men. Those specs fit first-year N.C. Central coach Jerry Mack, on the roster for the first time at the Bill Dooley Chapter Pigskin Preview at Embassy Suites on Thursday.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Duke, N.C. State eye future non-ACC meetings

Blue Devils, Wolfpack say they're amenable to meeting for head-to-head games in years they don't meet in ACC action. But such scheduling will have to wait for at least six years because of prior commitments.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 04:33 PM

UNC's Fedora plays it close to the vest at Pigskin Preview

Ever since North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said there would be an open quarterback competition entering the 2014 season, the battle between junior incumbent Marquise Williams and redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky has dominated discussions about the Tar Heels.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 04:14 PM

Hud Mellencamp case continued

Duke football walk-on Hud Mellencamp had court appearance in Indiana on Thursday


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 08:00 PM

Ex-Tar Heel star Raymond Felton takes felony plea, avoids jail

Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:51 PM

Wake's Clawson: 'We're a 4-8 football team with 10 starters back'

Asked to comment about where his first Wake Forest team is predicted to finish in the ACC’s tough Atlantic Division, rookie coach Dave Clawson replied, “Were we picked to win it? I didn’t see those. Were we unanimous first? The bull’s-eye is on us, right?”


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Wolfpack's Doeren excited about potential of QB Brissett

The word in the pre-preseason is that Jacoby Brissett can make all the necessary throws, owns a firm understanding of the North Carolina State football team’s offense and has the ideal personality, mentality and competitive spirit for an alpha dog quarterback.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

Wilbekin follows his heart (and Danny Manning) to Wake Forest

Wake Forest freshman guard Mitchell Wilbekin is looking to step out of the shadow of his big brother — Southeastern Conference player of the year Scottie Wilbekin —and make a name for himself in the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Jul. 23, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

Duke 2nd to FSU in preseason All-ACC football picks

Jamison Crowder, Laken Tomlinson, Kelby Brown and Jeremy Cash of Duke are joined on the prestigious team by return specialist Ryan Switzer of North Carolina.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

ACC Kickoff Notebook: FSU No. 1 in media poll

The reigning national champion Florida State Seminoles are the pick of the media attending ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort to win the league championship for the third year in a row. ... Johson likes Tech 'D' under Roof ... Fedora discusses reopening of NCCA probe. ...


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

Fedora: Maturation process key for young, talented Tar Heels

With just 10 seniors on the depth chart, UNC coach Larry Fedora said this is the youngest team he’s had in 26 years. “It should be a lot of fun but there will be some headaches involved,” Fedora said Monday at the ACC Football Kickoff.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

DUKE PICKED 2ND

HEADY STUFF: DUKE GETS 33 1ST-PLACE VOTES IN COASTAL, FAVORITE MIAMI GETS 26

Since the turn of the 21st century, Duke being picked at the bottom of ACC football in the preseason stood alongside certainties like death and taxes.

That all changed on Monday.

Coming off winning a school-record 10 games and reaching the ACC Championship Game, Duke was picked second in the ACC Coastal Division in a poll of media attending ACC Football Kickoff press conferences at the Grandover Resort.

The Blue Devils went 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the ACC last season to win the Coastal Division for the first time. They did so after being picked to finish seventh in the seven-team division last summer.

Duke has been picked last, except for being picked next to last in 2007, in the Coastal Division every year since the ACC split into divisions for the 2005 season. Prior to that, Duke was picked last in the entire ACC every year from 2000-2004.

“We are obviously chosen much differently than we have been in the past,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, the ACC Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons. “That means about as much as it meant a year ago. There really is no value.”

Cutcliffe did acknowledge, though, that seeing Duke picked second in the Coastal Division behind only Miami has to be memorable for his players.