Duke football coach David Cutcliffe announced coaching responsibilities for the defensive staff on Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to his duties as defensive coordinator, Jim Knowles will coach the Blue Devil inside linebackers while assistant defensive coordinator Jim Collins, who has coached the linebacking unit for the past seven years, shifts to mentoring the outside linebackers and defensive ends.
Graduate assistant coach Clayton McGrath, who enters his third season on the Duke staff, will coach the defensive tackles.
In the secondary, assignments remain the same with Derek Jones coaching the cornerbacks and Matt Guerrieri, who was promoted from graduate assistant to assistant coach last month, overseeing the safeties.
Duke returns 51 lettermen and 15 starters from last year’s team, wh8ich\jj that went 9-4 and earned a berth in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The Blue Devils open spring practice on Friday.
• Duke redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Claude T. Moorman III, Duke’s head team physician and the director of Duke Sports Medicine. Cash will be out of action indefinitely.
A 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Miami, Fla., Cash has earned All-America honors in each of his two seasons with the Blue Devils while helping Duke to a two-year record of 19-8, the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and consecutive bowl game appearances.
North Carolina: North Carolina men’s tennis team defeated Campbell 4-1 at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in the first half of a doubleheader. With the victory, the 7th-ranked Tar Heels improve to 7-1, while the Fighting Camels fall to 1-3.
The injury-plagued Tar Heels snagged the doubles point with little issue despite an overhauled lineup. Junior Brett Clark and freshman Robert Kelly combined for North Carolina’s first doubles win on court two, defeating Nicolas Rakitin and Lukas Schaefer 6-0. The Tar Heels duo of junior Stuart DePaolo and sophomore Jack Murray clinched the point soon after on court three with a 6-0 shutout of Marthinus Visser and Landon Rogers.
Duke: Sophomore wrestler Jacob Kasper was selected as this week’s Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week after his stellar 3-0 performance on Saturday. Kasper is the second Blue Devil wrestler to pick up the weekly award this season.
Kasper, wrestling at 184 pounds, went undefeated to help lead Duke to a trio of dual victories over Drexel, American and Appalachian State over the weekend.
N.C. State: After a solid performance in N.C. State’s first quad meet of the season on Jan. 31, Michaela Woodford has been named Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) Gymnast of the Week in week four of competition, the conference announced Wednesday.
This marks the second consecutive week that a gymnast has earned a weekly honor, as Brittni Watkins was named EAGL Gymnast of the Week and Lane Jarred was named EAGL Specialist of the Week in week three of competition.
Woodford, a junior from Gainesville, Fla., earned three top-three finishes in the Wolfpack’s recent meet. She won the all-around competition with a score of 39.175, finished second on beam with a 9.850 and tied for third with Jarred on floor with a score of 9.825. Her all-around and beam scores marked career highs, as she also scored a 9.800 on vault and 9.700 on bars in Saturday’s meet.
Her beam average in the 2014-15 season (9.850) puts Woodford at No. 6 in the EAGL conference rankings and 11th in the southeast regional rankings.
N.C. Central: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced North Carolina Central University sophomore Darlene Giradeau as the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.
A native of Hope Mills, Girardeau posted three top-10 finishes to lead NCCU at the Hilton Garden Indoor Track & Field Invitational, hosted by Wake Forest University on Jan. 30-31.
She placed fourth in the women’s long jump with a distance of 5.63 meters, fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.57 seconds and, after recording the fastest time in the 60m dash preliminaries of 7.70 seconds, finished one spot out of the finals to take ninth with a semifinal time of 7.76 seconds.
Saint Augustine’s: Shortstop Roberto Rivera was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI for visiting Saint Augustine’s in a baseball loss to UNC Pembroke at Sammy Cox Field.
The Falcons dropped to 0-2 overall with the loss. UNC Pembroke upped its record to 3-0.
Centerfielder Jason Baytop was 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and two runs scored for the Falcons, who tallied 14 hits. Leftfielder Darrell Langston was 2-for-4 with a triple and one run scored while second baseman Timothy Carter and third baseman Carey Cheek each had two hits with Cheek recording a double.
The Falcons host Benedict College in their home opener on Thursday at Buffaloe Road Park in Raleigh.