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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.
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.
Duke walk-on football player Hud Mellencamp, the son of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, remains part of the Blue Devils football program despite his second arrest in the last 12 months.
The NCAA will vote Aug. 7 on a proposal that would give the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac-12 more voting power on rules.
Most people knew North Carolina signal caller Marquise Williams had nice legs. But a couple of guys who really know what they're talking about said his arm is legit, too.
The Blue Devils are coming off their first 10-win season. They played in a bowl game for the second straight season. And those guys want more.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie is joined by former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Duke coach Gail Goestenkors, longtime Oregon high school coach Brad Smith and Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, who was killed in a plane crash in 2011, in the women's basketball Hall of Fame class of 2015.
Theo Pinson knows how to guarantee himself a significant role as a freshman at North Carolina — play defense. The 6-foot-6 swingman arrived this summer to help fill the Tar Heels’ need for backcourt depth and bolster UNC’s defense on the perimeter, where opponents blistered the Tar Heels in last season’s final two games.
In early August, the NCAA’s five highest-revenue conferences — the so-called “Power 5” — may be given the power to offer more benefits for their athletes.
When Duke went 10-4 last season to set a school record for wins in a season, seniors Kenny Anunike, Sydney Sarmiento and Justin Foxx were heavy producers along that front line. Together, they combined for 10 of Duke’s 23 sacks and 21 of the team’s 69 tackles for loss. Now they're gone.
North Carolina was so thin at linebacker by the end of the 2013 season that its starting linebackers in the Belk Bowl were all-ACC second-team safety Tré Boston and freshman reserve Nathan Staub.
Duke opens its men’s basketball season Nov. 14 as part of what could be one of the best sports weeks on campus in years.
The Carolina RailHawks announced Wednesday they have come to an agreement with U.S. Soccer to host the U.S. Women’s National Team on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 as they face Switzerland in preparation for the 2015 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Blue Devils open season Nov. 14 at home, play four games in NYC area