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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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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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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ruffin-Pratt, Tar Heels repel NCCU in low-scoring affair

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s the first game matching Triangle Division I basketball teams this season, and on paper it’s a serious mismatch. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC forward Tierra Ruffin-PrattNo. 19 UNC (8-1) is hosting its annual game against N.C. Central (0-10), and the Eagles are going through some tough times under first-year coach Vanessa Taylor. UNC has also hit a run of bad luck, as the Tar Heels have a long injury list. Xylina McDaniel is out for at least this game with a strained hamstring, while Waltiea Rolle will miss the contest with a sprained ankle and freshman Hillary...

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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

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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Saturday, November 3, 2012

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

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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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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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Duke could earn bowl today; NCCU, UNC have big road games

Posted By on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke's Josh Snead carries as NCCU's Rickie Hubbard (21) and C.J. Moore (46) pursue the play.The college football teams in the Triangle had one of their best collective days in the history of the sport last Saturday. Today, we get to see what three of them can do for an encore. And they’ll have to do it on the road. Duke (5-1, 2-0 ACC), which demolished Virginia 42-17 with a big second half, will go to one of the tougher arenas in the ACC when the Blue Devils visit Virginia Tech at 12:30 in a game...

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Triangle football's incredibly awesome day: was it for real?

Posted By on Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Eric Ebron hauls in a pass in front of Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller.OK, it was only one day. More precisely, a stretch of less than 12 hours. But Oct. 6, 2012, may have been the best day for college football in the Triangle since the heyday of black & white TV and 45 rpm records. People who keep up on a daily basis knew it was going to be an attention-grabbing day up front, with UNC hosting Virginia Tech, Duke entertaining Virginia and N.C. State welcoming No. 3 Florida State. Not to mention that N.C. Central...

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Massive day in Triangle college football, most especially for Duke

Posted By on Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 1:45 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC's Quinshad Davis goes for a catch against Idaho.Today is going to be one of the biggest days in Triangle college football in a very long time. All three local ACC teams are at pivotal points in their seasons, and all three have plenty to gain as they host conference opponents. It’s also a very important day for N.C. Central, which will look to boost its MEAC credibility when the Eagles take on South Carolina State in the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis. But back to that ACC schedule which is has the potential for clogging...

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tar Heels home today while State, Duke get huge road tests

Posted By on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 1:39 AM

It’s Week 5 of the college season, and although a lot of football has been played it’s still very unclear how Triangle campaigns are going to pan out. Today’s road games for Duke and N.C. State may begin to give a clearer indication.File photo by Chris BairdUNC quarterback Bryn Renner.Only one local team is at home and that’s UNC (2-2), which will host first-time foe Idaho (0-4) at 3:30 p.m. at Kenan Stadium. The Tar Heels whipped East Carolina 27-6 last week while the Vandals fell 40-37 to Wyoming.N.C. State (3-1) will play its conference opener at noon at Miami...

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

UNC hosts East Carolina on a day all Triangle teams are favored

Posted By on Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC's Erik Highsmith runs for daylight in the Elon game.All three Triangle ACC football teams are home today, and the schedule includes one of the state’s traditional biggest games of the season. UNC (1-2) will try to bounce back from two straight losses as the Tar Heels host East Carolina (2-1) at Kenan Stadium in a 3:30 p.m. contest to be shown on ESPNU. Both of the other Triangle teams will be solid favorites at home as they attempt to stay headed in the right direction. Duke (2-1) will take on Memphis (0-3) in the Blue...

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Renfree's arm, big returns lead Duke in blowout of NCCU

Posted By on Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM

WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the second edition of the Bull City Gridiron Classic, with new crosstown rivals Photo by Chris BairdDuke’s Ross Cockrell completes his interception return for a touchdown while teammate Lee Butler follows the play.Duke and N.C. Central squaring off on a perfect night for football. The Blue Devils won the first meeting 49-14 in 2009, and the teams are set to play in four of the next five years with the exception being 2014. Both teams are 1-1, and each is coming off a rough loss last week — Duke falling 50-13 at No. 25 Stanford and...

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Bull City Classic tonight; Wolfpack comes home while UNC travels

Posted By on Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke's Conner Vernon makes a catch in the opener against Florida International.It’s party time in Durham tonight.New cross-town rivals Duke and N.C. Central will meet for just the second time on the football field at 7 p.m. in the Bull City Gridiron Classic. And because they signed a contract to extend the series earlier this week, it’s the first of many more to come. NCCU will visit Wallace Wade Stadium for both teams’ season opener next year, and future meetings are scheduled for 2015, 2016 and 2017. It’s one of three games involving Triangle Division I...

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

It's bad news for NCCU, as Elon bounces back strong

Posted By on Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Photo by Al DragoElon's Jeremy Peterson looks for running room against NCCU.RHODES STADIUM/ELON N.C. Central and Elon renew their series on a damp Saturday night in a game some call an annual measuring stick for both teams. Both the MEAC member Eagles (1-0) and the Southern Conference member Phoenix (0-1) are playing their only Division I-FCS non-conference game of the season. NCCU, which snapped a two-game losing streak with a 54-31 romp over former CIAA rival Fayetteville State in its opener, is looking to get some momentum going. Elon, meanwhile, is licking its wounds after getting a big check and...

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It's road-trip time for area teams, but UNC and NCCU won't go far

Posted By on Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 2:42 AM

It’s Week 2 of the college football season, and unfortunately for Triangle-area fans all the local Division I teams are on the road today. Fortunately for road-trippers, a couple of them are not too far away.File photo by Chris BairdUNC's Erik Highsmith fights for yardage in the Elon game. UNC (1-0), fresh off a 62-0 season-opening win over Elon, will visit Wake Forest (1-0) at 3 p.m. in the ACC opener for both. That game will be shown on Fox Sports Carolinas. Then at 7 p.m. N.C. Central (1-0), which drubbed former CIAA foe Fayetteville State 54-31 in its opener,...

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Ready or not, Triangle Division I college football starts tonight

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:31 AM

The Triangle’s college football season will start with a bang this weekend, with one game tonight followed by a trio of home contests on Saturday. The one receiving the most national attention will be N.C. State’s appearance in a Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, with the Wolfpack taking on Tennessee at 7:30 tonight in the Georgia Dome. The Wolfpack finished 8-5 last season with a win in the Belk Bowl, while Tennessee is hoping to claw back from an awful 5-7 finish in 2011. Tennessee is listed as a three-point favorite. The Vols lead the series 2-1, but it was last contested...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Coaches laugh it up, wax poetic at Thursday's annual Pigskin Preview

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

EMBASSY SUITES/CARY It’s the largest event of its kind in the nation, this Tenth Annual Pigskin Preview of the Bill Dooley Triangle/East Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. And of course it helps that there are five Division I football programs between Orange and Pitt counties. On Thursday five coaches — new UNC coach Larry Fedora, N.C. State’s Tom O’Brien, Duke’s David Cutcliffe, East Carolina’s Ruffin McNeill and N.C. Central assistant Dwayne Foster — occupied the head table for what has become the first big event of each football season. (Foster was sitting in for...

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Shegog, Gross lead Tar Heels to easy win over scrappy Eagles

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:13 PM

CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC takes the court against an MEAC opponent for the second straight day, this time with local rival N.C. Central coming to visit. Photo courtesy UNC athleticsUNC center Chay ShegogThe No. 24 Tar Heels (9-2) had a lot of fun Thursday afternoon in a 74-21 rout of Savannah State, as both Laura Broomfield and Waltiea Rolle came back to help Chay Shegog give UNC one of the nation’s most imposing frontcourts. Broomfield had missed four games including the rout loss to South Carolina with a foot injury, while Rolle was in the lineup for the first time...

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