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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Six Duke players get TDs in streak-breaking romp over Eagles

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Photo by Chris Baird Duke’s Jamison Crowder dances along the sideline as NCCU’s Cameron Hughes (17) pursues.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the third edition of the Bull City Gridiron Classic, with crosstown rivals Duke and N.C. Central squaring off on a hot afternoon for football. Both programs are optimistic about this season. Duke went 6-7 last time and played in its first bowl game since 1994, while NCCU was 6-5 for its first winning season since playing a MEAC Division I schedule. Duke leads the series 2-0, winning the contests by a combined 103 points to 31. And there are changes...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

FBS season opener, Bull City battle highlight opening weekend slate

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:53 AM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Bull City Gridiron Classic is building tradition as one of Durham's best sports events.The first college football game of the season, the debut of a new head coach, and a cross-town rivalry. The opening weekend of the season is right now, and it should be a very interesting one for the Triangle’s Division I teams. It all starts tonight at 6, when UNC (8-4 last season) visits No. 6 South Carolina (11-2) in an ESPN game at Williams-Brice Stadium. It’s a chance for the Tar Heels to show whether or not they should be in...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

A tale of two alleged batterers: Durham, football and the legal process

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Photo by David FellerathFrom left: NCCU interim head coach Dwayne Foster, NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White and NCCU athletic director Ingrid Wicker-McCree at Thursday's brief press conference Arrested on Monday, suspended on Tuesday, fired on Thursday. That was the fate of Henry Frazier III, coach of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Arrested on Monday, practicing on Thursday. That's the status of Hud Mellencamp, walk-on sophomore cornerback for the Duke Blue Devils. The college football season kicks off next weekend, in Durham and elsewhere. In the Bull City, the unheralded NCCU Eagles will travel across town to Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium to...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Never sleep on black cats or the mysterious Dave Fedora

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Photo by Alexis BairdFive area coaches gathered Tuesday for the largest event of its kind anywhere in America.EMBASSY SUITES/CARY Football, food and frivolity were the order of the day as usual at the Pigskin Preview sponsored by the Bill Dooley Triangle/East Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. But this time, it was Black cats and a mystery man named “Dave Fedora” who stole the show. A record 430 people attended the event, the traditionally the largest chapter gathering anywhere in the nation with head coaches from Duke, East Carolina, UNC, N.C. Central and N.C....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Half a dozen locals named gridiron preseason All-ACC

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Six Triangle-area players were named to the preseason All-ACC football team selected in a media vote at the ACC Football Kickoff over the weekend in Greensboro. UNC had four players named in tackle James Hurst, tight end Eric Ebron, defensive end Kareem Martin and safety Tre Boston. Duke players selected were cornerback Ross Cockrell and punter Will Monday. N.C. State, which was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division, had no players selected and none finishing in the top four in voting for any position. With the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, this will be the first season in...

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Monday, July 22, 2013

UNC and State both picked for bronze, Duke voted last once again

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Tar Heels and Wolfpack will have their annual showdown Nov. 2 in Raleigh.GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO Clemson is going to beat Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Charlotte. At least that’s what 120 media members at the ACC Football Kickoff decided in voting over the weekend, the 120 votes shattering the record 100 cast at the 2010 in Greensboro. For the first time in five seasons, the scribes and talking heads didn’t pick a Florida State-Virginia Tech matchup in the ACC title game, from which the winner will advance to the Orange Bowl...

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

This ACC football season promises plenty of changes

Posted By on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

File photo by Chris BairdThe Blue Devils and Tar Heels will face off once again on Nov. 30 in Chapel Hill. GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO The preseason talk about ACC Football has started in earnest, and for the first time new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse have joined the fray.The conference is holding its 42nd annual Football Kickoff today and tomorrow, with the media’s predicted order of finish coming on Monday and the preseason all-conference team on Tuesday. The three Triangle-area teams will all have some big changes this season.UNC, in its second season under Larry Fedora, will be bowl-eligible after playing its...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Duke-State contest, two ECU visits spice up area ACC football slate

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The ACC has announced its 2013 football schedule, including a total of 22 home games at the three schools in the Triangle. Duke will have a pair of home games at Wallace Wade Stadium against Triangle rivals, taking on N.C. State on Nov. 9 in the teams’ first meeting since 2009. The Blue Devils will also host N.C. Central in the third Bull City Gridiron Classic on Aug. 31. State will host UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium on Nov. 2, while the Tar Heels will entertain Duke at Kenan Stadium in the battle for the Victory Bell in their season finale...

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Turnovers spoil brilliant Duke offensive show in Belk Bowl loss

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDuke's Brandon Connette celebrates a first-quarter touchdown.BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM/CHARLOTTE No matter how things turn out, it’s a very big night in the history of Duke football. The 6-6 Blue Devils are taking on 9-3 Big East co-champion Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl, the first football meeting between the two teams and the Blue Devils’ first bowl appearance since 1994. The Bearcats are in their fifth bowl game in the past six seasons. Duke’s most recent bowl victory was way back in 1961, when Bill Murray’s club beat Arkansas 7-6 in the Cotton Bowl.But David Cutcliffe clearly...

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Blue Devils hoping for happy history in first Belk Bowl appearance

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Duke’s long-suffering football fans got an early holiday present when the Blue Devils were invited to Charlotte’s Belk Bowl, their first trip to a bowl game in 12 seasons. On Thursday at 6:30 p.m. they’ll find out whether the gift is sugar plums or a big lump of coal. File photo by Chris BairdDuke's Jamison Crowder (3) rolls over after catching the winning TD pass against UNC.The Blue Devils (6-6) will try to break a four-game losing streak when they take on Big East co-champion Cincinnati (9-3) at Bank of America Stadium in the teams’ first meeting. The Bearcats, who...

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Maryland, Tom O'Brien gone: Is loyalty just a thing of the past?

Posted By on Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

File photo by Al DragoTom O'Brien in 2011There once was a Duke football coach who had back-to-back winning seasons and then got fired, apparently for not winning quite enough to make his athletic director happy. That was one Shirley “Red” Wilson, whose accomplishments at Winston-Salem’s Reynolds High and Elon College had been enough to earn him a spot in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Wilson was fired the night after beating UNC at Wallace Wade Stadium to conclude the 1982 and finishing 6-5 for the second straight year. (Incidentally, Duke has had back-to-back winning football seasons exactly one...

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tar Heels outscore Terps to complete solid 8-4 season

Posted By on Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Gio Bernard runs in the open field.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL Welcome to Bizarro World, I guess. UNC will host its season football finale against Maryland on a sunny, cool late afternoon. The Tar Heels knew coming into the season they wouldn’t be heading to a bowl because of NCAA sanctions. And if they can hold off the underdog Terps, Larry Fedora’s first season will be a decent one that with a few different bounces could have been a lot better. With a win, the Tar Heels can finish 8-4 and with their best victory mark since the...

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Triangle ACC football teams can accomplish lots in home season finales

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC’s Bryn Renner fights for yardage against Duke’s David Helton (47) as Austin Gamble (45) prepares to help.It’s the final week of the regular season in ACC football, and with either winning seasons or bowl bids secured all three Triangle teams are at home Saturday. At 12:30 p.m., Duke (6-5, 3-4 ACC), with Coach David Cutcliffe just having received a contract extension, will take on Miami (6-5, 4-3), which has given the NCAA a start on upcoming sanctions by saying it won’t go to a bowl this season. The contest will be shown on WRAL. Both...

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Aggies get a very sloppy overtime win over N.C. Central

Posted By on Sat, Nov 17, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Photo by Chris BairdA&T's Mike Mayhew picks up yardage after finding a big hole.O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM Years ago this was an annual meeting on Thanksgiving Day. And later it was known as the “Aggie-Eagle Classic.” N.C. Central is taking on archrival North Carolina A&T in the biggest game of the season for either team. There is no love lost between the MEAC rivals, and both teams come in at 6-4. A&T is coached by Rod Broadway, the most successful NCCU coach in recent history (33-11 from 2003-06) and likely the only man on the planet who has officially worn the colors...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Eagles, Blue Devils, Wolfpack all go for seventh wins Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM

File photo by Chris BairdNCCU's Arthur Goforth bursts through a hole in the defense.There are just two Saturdays left in the Triangle’s college football season, and by all accounts it will have been a pretty good year no matter how it ends. UNC, despite all its off-the-field troubles, guaranteed itself a winning season (7-4, 4-3 ACC) to start the Larry Fedora era on the heels of Thursday night’s resounding 37-13 win at Virginia. The other two local ACC teams are both bowl-bound, while N.C. Central has guaranteed itself a winning season heading into its probable finale tomorrow. The Eagles (6-4,...

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wolfpack wallops Wake Forest, will go bowling once again

Posted By on Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Photo by Chris BairdState's Tobais Palmer tries to escape a Deacon defender in the open field.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It’s an interesting kind of showdown here in the old Capital City on a perfect fall afternoon. For the third straight week N.C. State is playing for a bowl spot, and this time the Wolfpack’s oldest rival is, too. State (5-4, 2-3 ACC) meets Wake Forest (5-4, 3-4) for the 106th time, and the Wolfpack is looking for some revenge after losing 34-27 last season in Winston-Salem. The Wolfpack has won 12 of the teams’ last 13 meetings at Carter-Finley including two straight....

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NCSU seeks bowl bid, UNC winning season, NCCU playoff spot

Posted By on Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Photo by Chris BairdState QB Mike Glennon prepares to throw as UNC's Shawn Underwood (97) pursues.We’re well into November now, and amazingly every Division I program in the Triangle is still playing meaningful football games. Three more will be played today, and two of them are at home. UNC (6-3, 3-2 ACC) will host Georgia Tech (4-5, 3-3) and its mind-numbing ground attack at 12:30 at Kenan Stadium, with the Tar Heels having a chance to clinch a winning season with a Homecoming victory. The game will be shown on WRAL.N.C. Central (6-3, 5-1 MEAC) will continue its now long-shot...

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Boyd throws five TD passes as Clemson wallops Blue Devils

Posted By on Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Photo by Chris BairdClemson's Charone Peake catches a touchdown pass as Ross Cockrell defends.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke coach David Cutcliffe finally has the kind of football game he wanted in Durham. It’s a cold fall evening in November and the game is on national TV. The Blue Devils (6-3, 2-2 ACC) are guaranteed their best season since at least 1994, and are right in the thick of the race in the Coastal Division. And the opponent is No. 10 Clemson (7-1, 4-1), the traditional power of the ACC from back when it had seven teams. It’s not a complete sellout,...

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ouch! Virginia shocks Wolfpack with 33-6 romp

Posted By on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State had to wait until the final 15 minutes last season to secure bowl eligibility, but this time the Wolfpack could lock it up with three games remaining. It’s a very cool autumn afternoon as the Wolfpack (5-3, 2-2 ACC) hosts Virginia (2-6, 0-4) on Homecoming day with a chance to get its sixth win. Photo courtesy NCSU athleticsState quarterback Mike GlennonState coach Tom O’Brien was on Virginia’s staff for 15 seasons, while Virginia coach Mike London served on O’Brien’s staff when they were together at Boston College. The Wolfpack is licking its wounds after a heartbreaking...

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Wolfpack, Eagles, Blue Devils all have big home games today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 2:50 AM

The best collective college football season in the Triangle in quite a few years continues today, and all three teams who will play are at home. N.C. State (5-3, 2-2 ACC) will host Virginia (2-6, 0-4) at 12:30 p.m., as the Wolfpack looks to gain bowl eligibility for the third straight season. The game will be shown on WRAL.File photo by Chris BairdDuke's Conner Vernon looks for daylight against Florida International.Then at 2 p.m. N.C. Central (5-3, 4-1 MEAC) will host Delaware State (5-3, 4-1) for homecoming as the Eagles look to clinch their first winning season in five years.And...

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bernard's late punt return gets Tar Heels some sweet revenge

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Photo by Chris BairdGio Bernard celebrates his game-winning punt return.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL It’s the highest-profile college football game in the state each season. Today on a cool fall afternoon UNC (5-3, 2-2 ACC) will host archrival N.C. State (5-2, 2-1) for the 102nd time. And while the Wolfpack can gain bowl eligibility with a victory, the Tar Heels are playing their entire season for pride since the NCAA says UNC can’t go to a bowl. The series has been the crown jewel of Tom O’Brien’s coaching tenure at State since he’s 5-0 against the Tar Heels, while first-year UNC coach...

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Wolfpack in Chapel Hill today while Durham teams head to Florida

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 2:33 AM

It’s the highest profile football game played in the Triangle each season, and it means plenty to everyone involved.File photo by Chris BairdUNC's Eric Ebron looks for running room as Duke's Lee Butler pursues. Today at 12:30 UNC (5-3, 2-2 ACC) will take on archrival N.C. State (5-2, 2-1) at Kenan Stadium in hopes of ending some recent miseries against the Wolfpack. The contest will be shown on WRAL. The Triangle’s other two Division I teams are both headed to Florida for possible season-making games as well. Duke (6-2, 3-1) will visit No. 11 Florida State (7-1, 4-1) at Doak...

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Duke grabs the Victory Bell, gets voucher for long-awaited bowl trip

Posted By on Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke will host archrival UNC for the 99th time in their annual battle for the Victory Bell, and this one means even more to the Blue Devils than it has in a very long time.Photo by Chris BairdDuke's Jamison Crowder rolls after catching the winning touchdown pass as UNC's Kevin Reddick (48) and Tim Scott defend. With just one more win Duke (5-2, 2-1 ACC) will earn its first bowl berth since 1994. But to get it this quickly David Cutcliffe’s club would have to get an upset against a solid UNC team (5-2, 2-1) that cannot...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Huge plays on defense, special teams lift Eagles in TV game

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Photo by Chris BairdNCCU's Arthur Goforth bursts through a hole in the Hampton defense.O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. Central is off to its best start since the Eagles began playing a real Division I FCS schedule. And Henry Frazier’s club gets a showcase on national TV — read ESPNU, where every Division I team in the Triangle will appear this week — tonight. NCCU (4-2, 3-0), which is tied atop the MEAC and ranked as high as No. 8 in Black College polls, will take on a traditionally powerful Hampton team that is struggling this season at 1-4 (1-2, MEAC). It’s the...

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NCCU vs. Hampton, State at Maryland, Victory Bell game all on ESPNU

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM

The Triangle’s most interesting college football season in years seems to get better as the wins pile up. And this weekend, which gets jump-started a little early tonight, is no exception. All three games involving area teams will be shown live on ESPNU.File photo by Chris BairdNCCU QB Jordan Reid fires a pass in the Eagles' game at Duke.N.C. Central (4-2, 3-0 MEAC), which is atop its conference on a three-game winning streak, will host Hampton (1-4, 1-2) at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium in a 7:30 game. Then on Saturday one of the area’s biggest games of the year comes a little...

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