Sure signs that a coach’s team is on the rise are when he starts hanging championship banners and his coaches begin getting picked off. That's life today for NCCU's LeVelle Moton.
COACH K UPBEAT AFTER GETTING LOOK A DUKE VETS, NEWCOMERS
It took less than 24 hours for Mike Krzyzewski to shake off jet lag after winning another gold medal for the Hall of Fame coach to see his Duke team on the court again.
That was Tuesday when the Blue Devils went through a one-hour workout as part of their offseason training program.
What Krzyzewski saw after being away from the group for nearly two months due to his duties as USA Basketball’s head coach left him feeling good about the upcoming Duke season.
“This freshman class is just ahead, maturity wise,” Krzyzewski said Thursday. “With our team right now, it’s not sophomores, freshmen, juniors and seniors. They are just Duke basketball players. The freshmen are not freshmen. They are Duke basketball players. That differentiation doesn’t happen all the time. It doesn’t happen most of the time. With this group, it has. We saw that during the summer. This group is real close. Real close.”
Hearing Krzyzewski express that opinion is particularly important since all four freshmen, who make up the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, are expected to play major roles for the Blue Devils this season.
Center Jahlil Okafor, point guard Tyus Jones, forward Justise Winslow and shooting guard Grayson Allen have earned praise from the Blue Devils’ staff since arriving on campus this summer.
How they mesh with returning veteran players, like senior point guard Quinn Cook and juniors Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon, will be important.
The ACC on Thursday announced the 2014 Class of Legends for its 10th Annual Dr Pepper Football Championship Game, which will be played in Charlotte Dec. 6.
Starting defensive end Dezmond Johnson is "week to week" but out for Saturday's home game against Tulane. Starting guard Lucas Patrick has chance to play Saturday for 3-0 Blue Devils.
Krzyzewski holds 30-minute press conference at Duke after returning from trip to Spain where the U.S. won another gold medal
East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden knows the best way for the Pirates to earn national attention — beat the big names that annually appear on their nonconference schedule. The Pirates certainly are doing that against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Now, with Duke unbeaten as it prepares to play Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas), Kyler Brown and Jonathan Jones are in line for extended playing time.
In 2012, Henry Frazier III was choosing between quarterbacks Jordan Reid and Matt Goggans. Now NCCU coach Jerry Mack is deciding among Malcolm Bell and Quinn Billerman.
True freshman Jared Cohen will start at right guard in place of injured junior Landon Turner when UNC (2-0) visits East Carolina (2-1) on Saturday (3:32 p.m., ESPNU).
Freshman Zavier Carmichael is an important reserve behind redshirt freshman Chris Holmes at weak-side linebacker for the Duke, who will carry an unbeaten record into a game with Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas).
There is no quarterback controversy at N.C. Central, just a signal-caller selection to make, NCCU coach Jerry Mack said. Quinn Billerman started Saturday against Charlotte and was 5 of 11 for 17 yards before Malcolm Bell got under center with 11:36 left in the second quarter.
Sporting a 3-0 record for the first time since 1994, Duke will welcome Tulane to Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday with the Blue Devils wearing throwback uniforms, including helmets, to honor the 1989 team that shared the ACC championship with Virginia.
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UNC's players haven't forgotten how ECU came into Kenan Stadium last year and gained 603 yards in a 55-31 win.
Spain's Angela Savaldores commits to join Blue Devils in 2015