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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Coming off school's best football season, three senior starters must be replaced to keep defensive line solid
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.
Blue Devils open season Nov. 14 at home, play four games in NYC area
Tuesday's sports highlights in brief ...
Duke’s football players instilled plenty of pride on campus and in the community last fall with their record-breaking, 10-win season. On Tuesday, with another season looming and hopes high, their work was all about a different form of Duke pride.
Longtime stalwarts Wojciechowski, Collins gone, leaving Capel, James and newbie Scheyer as Coach K's staff
Alexis Jones is indeed going to continue her basketball career close to family and home.
Jones, a standout guard for Duke the last two seasons, is transferring to Baylor.