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Duke Football ready to begin a new era under Cutcliffe


Duke Football is about to kick off the 2008 season under new Coach David Cutcliffe. The Blue Devils held their annual picture day on Sunday in Wallace Wade Stadium and the Blue Devil Nation was there to cover the event. We secured several interviews and will have articles almost daily leading to the home opener with Division II power, James Madison. We will also be bringing you some coverage from football practices as Duke Football readies to embark on a new era. As always the BDN will bring you plenty of illustration, so check back in for a photo gallery tomorrow and a one on one with new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper later today. Until then, enjoy the links below.

Today's Football Links -

Duke Football begins new era

WRAL Video

New staff determined to change the culture of Duke Football

Lewis talks of meeting the Manning brothers

Will a summer of hard work pay off?


Friday Morning Links

Starting off with AAU Basketball and Las Vegas, Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight have scored 33/26, 21/24, and 26/19, respectively over the past three days.  The two have combined to make 17 three point shots.  Jody Demling has an extensive update from Las Vegas posted on his blog at the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Las Vegas Review Journal has written a positive article on the ability of lesser known athletes to achieve exposure via the AAU circuit.  Adam Zagoria and Dick Weiss also have updates on their blogs.

Turning to Duke football and Desmond Scott on his decision to play for Duke University: "I wanted to play in my backyard." has more here.

Finally, here is Coach K with more thoughts on USA Basketball.

Desmond Scott will play his football for Duke University

Duke landed a big time local running back, when Desmond Scott de-committed from Rutgers and casted his lot with the Blue Devils.  Scott plays for Durham Hillside, a team that also features another Duke commitment in Cory Gattis.  It's no secret that the Hillside Hornet's will get the support of Duke fans this coming season.  Scott is an all purpose back and will be a duel threat in college if he remains at his current position.  He is the ninth player to commit in the class of 2009 for Coach Cutcliffe.  Duke continues to show improved recruiting under the new staff.

Team USA, Kenny Boynton and Duke Football

When Kobe Bryant mentions the "joy of the game," you get an idea of what Coach K has done to make sure the players are enjoying themselves in preparation for the Olympics.  Most of the players remember little of the last time the USA won Gold.

In this blurb, the author says Team USA has that special something that is missing from most NBA teams.   There is some worry about the overall team health.  And here is CNNSI's Chris Ballard on long range planning for the USA Basketball program.

Kenny Boynton has no shortage of confidence judging from his comments in this link.

With kickoff to football season just over a month away, Coach Cutcliffe caught the attention of coaches on Wednesday's Operation Football.  Here is ESPN's Heather Dinich on Duke's "Catch 22."  Richmond edged out James Madison in the pre season polls which is a departure from the pre season magazines which all have JMU on top.  TSN picks them #2 in the nation, Lindy's #3 and Phil Steele has them number one.

Duke Football Updates and Links – 41 days to kickoff

There are just 41 days left before kickoff of the David Cutcliffe Era begins at Duke.  Duke Football used the summer to prepare for the coming season where Vince O showed a lot of leadership off the field.  Of course, Duke continues to trim the fat.

Duke Football signed another local prospect recently.  Here is another local link  on the Raleigh Sanderson product.

Here is the College Football New's Duke Football Preview.  Talk about early predictions!  Here is an article which already previews Clemson versus Duke and picks the Tigers to win with ease.  Scan down in this link for the Cufcliffe effect.

Hear David Cutliffe in person - The Raleigh date is Thursday, July 31 with dinner starting at 6 pm and is being held at the Raleigh Marriott Center City.  Cost $15.

The Durham date is Friday, August 8 at Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom (next to the DBAP).  Doors open at 5 pm.  Cost is $18 which includes a ticket to the Bulls' game that night (Coach will throw out the first pitch) or $10 w/o the ticket.

You must register in advance for these events.

Duke FB to Help Rescue Mission – Auto, Pic Session

The Duke Football team will visit the Durham Rescue Mission on Sunday, July 13 from 1-3 p.m. The visit will include lunch, an autograph/photo session and activities.
Head coach David Cutcliffe and selected student-athletes will be available for interviews during the event.  The Durham Rescue Mission is located at the Good Samaritan Inn at 507 East Knox Street (off I-85 at Exit 177).
The Durham Rescue Mission, originally a shelter for men, was founded in 1974 by the Reverend Ernie C. Mills.  The Mission expanded in 1993 with shelter for women and children.   Currently the Mission houses a men’s campus at 1201 East Main Street while the Good Samaritan Inn located on 507 East Knox Street provides housing for women, children and families.  In addition, the Rescued Treasures Thrift Store is at 3220 N.C. Highway 55 South.