- Obama not worried about Ebola at upcoming African summit in D.C.
- Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’ after 9/11
- Obama administration asked whole D.C. Circuit to take on major Obamacare case
- Mark Levin: Topple GOP leadership or country will ‘unravel’
- Massachusetts to let police chief deny gun buys to those deemed unfit
- John Kerry condemns attack on Israeli soldiers, kidnapping
- U.S. starts to evacuate American Ebola patients from West Africa: Report
- Geraldo slammed as ‘dummy’ for backing Clinton’s bin Laden claim
- Israeli spokesman: No need to debate who broke the cease-fire
- 35 Palestinians killed; Israeli officer missing
Svelter Duke starting to turn heads in college football
Away game at Virginia Tech is key
Question of the Day
About 500 pounds.
That was the biggest thing blocking Duke football from turning around its program when David Cutcliffe took over after the 1997 season.
“I thought we were the softest, fattest team I had ever seen,” Cutcliffe said Wednesday.
“Discipline and conditioning, that’s what his program’s built on,” senior defensive end Kenny Anunike said Wednesday. “We want to be the most conditioned team in the nation.”
“He’s definitely right,” Anunike said. “When I first came here in 2008, the team previously was definitely out of shape. It was in shambles.”
Roof, now the defensive coordinator at Penn State, did not respond to a request for a comment. He was 6-45 in five seasons with the Blue Devils from 2003-2007.
A svelter Duke team (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is one win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 as it heads into Saturday’s game at slumping Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1).
Cutcliffe’s offense is scoring 37.8 points per game, fourth most in the ACC, and has developed a running game to balance the passing game for which the coach is known. Defensively, Duke ranks fourth, giving up 372.2 yards per game.
But it wasn’t just a renewed focus on fitness that helped dig the Blue Devils out of the college football doldrums. Cutcliffe, with a lofty reputation after coaching Peyton Manning at Tennessee and Eli Manning at Ole Miss, needed players. And he looked everywhere.
Quarterback Sean Renfree, a three-year starter, came from Arizona. Wide receiver Conner Vernon, now the ACC’s all-time leading receiver with 239 career catches, came from Florida. Anunike came from Ohio.
The nine redshirt seniors on this year’s roster, Cutcliffe’s first recruits, come from seven states.
“We all came for our own reasons,” Renfree said. “The biggest one is the coaching staff.”
And they came to be part of a turnaround, to help take an overlooked team overshadowed by Duke’s marquee men’s basketball squad, and elevate it to something that could excite people in Durham. Their work combined with a down year in the ACC has made that happen.
By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
- Border agents cleared of civil rights complaints from illegal immigrant children
- U.N. condemns Israel, U.S. for not sharing Iron Dome with Hamas
- Porn-surfing feds blame boredom, lack of work for misbehavior
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- Ben Carson takes major step toward presidential campaign
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Pentagon wants extra $19M to equip, train Ukrainian troops
- House backs faster deportations, cancels 'Dreamer' policy
- Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown
- Ted Nugent slams 'lying freaks' at liberal media: I'm 'doing God's work'
Top 10 U.S. military helicopters
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors