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Duke assistant Rick Petri has departed the Blue Devil football staff

Duke assistant coach Rick Petri has departed the Blue Devil football coaching staff to pursue other opportunities, coach David Cutcliffe said Friday.

“We certainly appreciate Rick’s efforts in helping build our program,” Cutcliffe said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Petri, who coached the Duke defensive line, joined the staff prior to the 2011 season and helped the Blue Devils to 28 wins over four seasons including the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championships and three bowl game appearances.

Prior to his four-year stint in Durham, Petri made coaching stops at Pittsburg State, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tec,h Miami, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Kentucky.


North Carolina: The No . 6-ranked men’s team, in its opening match of the 2015 season, blanked East Carolina 7-0 in Chapel Hill.

The doubles point took just a half hour to play with UNC winning two of the three matches to earn the team point. Sophomores Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider won 6-2 at the No. 2 spot followed by Robert Kelly and Oystein Steiro winning by a 6-3 margin at No. 3 doubles. ECU took the other doubles match.

Nationally second-ranked Brayden Schnur, a sophomore, put UNC up 6-0, 6-2 with a win over ECU’s Damien Bernard.

Duke: The 12th-ranked men kicked off dual match play with a strong showing, recording a 7-0 sweep of No. 63 Michigan Statening in the home opener at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center. The squad captured the doubles point and got off to a quick start in singles before outlasting the visiting Spartans on a few remaining courts in the non-conference matchup.

N.C. Central: The women’s team kicks off the 2015 spring season this weekend taking on Wofford College and Liberty University on Saturday and Sunday in Lynchburg, Va.

The team has its top four singles players returning this spring in senior Rebecca Wood, senior Ekaterina Nekrasova, junior Aissa Muamba, and junior Mia Ramic.


N.C. Central: The Eagles will host Delaware State at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 on ESPNU in one of four nationally televised games announced by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.