While Duke’s 2015 season had its highs and lows – who can forget that zany Miami kickoff return with the eight laterals – the Blue Devils finished with an 8-5 record after their 44-41 overtime victory over Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium. The question now: What’s next for Duke? Building a program is one thing. Then it’s about maintaining success while striving for a higher level.
The question didn’t stump Duke’s DeVon Edwards, an Academic All-American. Asked Thursday at the ACC Kickoff what player holds the NCAA career record for kickoff returns for touchdowns, Edwards quickly replied, “C.J. Spiller.”
ACC commissioner John Swofford announces the partnership with ESPN, the conference’s longtime television rights partner, an ACC channel would debut in 2019. The wait will be shorter for an online component of the channel, which will begin streaming ACC events over the Internet in the fall.
All eyes will be on ACC commissioner John Swofford on Thursday during his annual address with the media when he will likely fill in the details about the league’s plans, with ESPN, to launch its own cable network.
With the opportunity to look at Brandon Ingram and Kevin Durant side by side, a comparison that seemed plausible watching Ingram compete against collegians almost seems laughable. Then again, who better to assess the similarities than Durant? When he looks at Ingram, the Kinston native who starred at Duke last season, he sees a lot of himself.
The inextricable careers of Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving are once again intertwined on the U.S. Olympic team. As sought-after recruits, they became friends before choosing opposite sides of the Duke-North Carolina rivalry, yet never met on the court in college, nor did either make it to the Final Four. The NBA has been kinder to both: Two years ago, Barnes beat Irving for the NBA title. Earlier this summer, Irving beat Barnes for the title.
After six years of deliberation and discussion, the ACC is close to an updated television deal with ESPN that will include the long-awaited ACC cable channel as well as innovative “over-the-top” components, content delivered directly to viewers via the Internet, known as OTT.
Duke released its nonconference basketball schedule Wednesday, but it still isn’t completely set because of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, the law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
Brittany Lang had her chance to win in dramatic fashion with a birdie putt to capture the U.S. Women’s Open on the 18th green. She ended up winning in a substantially less dramatic way when her playoff opponent, Anna Nordqvist, was called for a retroactive two-stroke penalty.
The Peach Jam. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski was there. North Carolina’s Roy Williams was there. N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried was there. Most of their assistants were there. And coaches from just about everywhere else were there, too. As is the case every year.
Kevin Knox has heard from a lot of schools, a lot of college basketball coaches who have been trying to convince him that their particular program is the best college destination for him. Which schools has he heard from most often?
Wendell Carter, a top-five prospect in the class of 2017, discusses his recruitment, and the recruiting rivalry between Duke and Kentucky. Carter is among Duke's most important targets in the class of 2017.