Duke’s coaching-staff-in-waiting enjoys two celebrations

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): Paolo Banchero dunks at Wake Forest. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Duke’s coaches enjoyed more than one celebration following Wednesday’s bounce-back win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. First, there was the post-game celebration. The Blue Devils won 76-64. That was routine for a blue-blood program that this season is ranked No. 8 in the nation with a 13-2 record overall and 3-1 in the ACC. The win avoided a two-game following Duke’s…

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The third time has been the charm to Moore’s renewed confidence

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): Wendell Moore has taken over a leadership role in the locker room and on the floor. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN As Duke’s coaches observed Wendell Moore in the preseason, it was not whether junior swingman made the third shot he took after two misses in summer workouts that mattered. What they liked was they saw growing confidence to take that third shot. He had passed it up as a freshman and…

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Duke and Cutcliffe announce mutual separation

PHOTO: David Cutcliffe Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN One day after Duke finished a winless season in the ACC Coastal Division with another one-sided defeat, Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe and and Duke athletic director announced a mutual separation.  "After some detailed and amiable discussions with Nina King, we've mutually decided that it is the right time for change in the leadership of Duke Football," Cutcliffe said. "Karen (his wife) and I have loved our…

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