Shane Carden threw for a season-high 445 yards, Breon Allen ran for two touchdowns and No. 18 East Carolina pulled away to beat Connecticut 31-21 on Thursday night.
When Savannah State shows up Saturday at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium to play N.C. Central (2 p.m., NCCU Sports Network), the Tigers, because of injuries, will be working with their fourth signal caller of the season. Two freshman quarterbacks are listed on the depth chart, Tino Smith II (6-2, 215) and Michael Knox (6-3, 205).
Three weeks after Late Night With Roy and the start of preseason practice and three weeks before its regular season opener, North Carolina will play its first men’s basketball exhibition game of 2014-15 at 7:30 Friday, Oct. 24 against Fayetteville State at the Smith Center.
Duke returns one starter from last season’s 28-win team. While that player is all-American center Elizabeth Williams, it still came with some surprise this week when the Blue Devils were picked to finish second in the ACC women’s basketball race behind Notre Dame.
Sylvia Hatchell has begun her 40th season as a college basketball head coach and, given what she’s been through the last year, it may be her most satisfying preseason camp. The Naismith Hall of Fame head coach at North Carolina, Hatchell is coaching the Tar Heels again after missing last season while receiving treatments for leukemia.
So far, Rasheed Sulaimon’s time in a Duke uniform has matched how the Blue Devils have fared as a whole.
Two years ago, as a freshman, Sulaimon played in every game, starting all but three, as Duke reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Last year, struggling to find his role, Sulaimon started only 17 times, riding the bench one entire game, on a Duke team that went 26-9 and lost its only NCAA Tournament game.
Now the 6-4 guard is a junior, one of Duke’s veteran players on a team in which the play of its freshmen will go a long way towards determining how the season goes.
Sulaimon figures to have an important role but only if he’s mentally ready to accept it no matter what he’s asked to do.
After getting NCCU to the Division I NCAA Tournament this past season for the first time, Moton said he had opportunities to take his talent to the NBA as an assistant coach. A praying wife and a fantastic chancellor kept him in Durham, the coach said.
NCCU frustrated by inability to put away Morgan State in fourth quarter of what turned into 21-20 loss. Eagles hope to close the lid on Savannah State on Saturday.
NCCU basketball coach LeVelle Moton explains why he stayed in the Eagles' nest and why each of the players on this year's team has to stand in his own two sneakers.
Plus more local ACC honors in this edition of "Fanfare."
With three minutes left and North Carolina trailing by one against Georgia Tech, quarterback Marquise Williams was getting ready to lead the offense back on the field when he turned to coach Larry Fedora. “He said, ‘No big deal, we do it every week,’” Fedora said.
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