Caulton Tudor

Another day, another 'A' for Cutcliffe

Posted October 28, 2013

David Cutcliffe, Duke, A: For their latest trick, the Blue Devils merely go to Virginia Tech and beat the heavily favored Hokies at their own game.

When the final score is 13-10, Frank Beamer usually wins and practically every time the game ends with such a low scoring total in Blacksburg. That’s where Cutcliffe has taken Duke _ to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.

Duke stuns No. 16 Virginia Tech, 13-10

You have to believe more than one or two schools – Virginia maybe – have him at the top of their next-coach shopping list.

It sounds totally illogical but not one of the Devils’ final four games – N.C. State and Miami in Durham, at Wake Forest and at UNC – is a locked loss. And if there aren’t a lot of Duke fans in Wade Stadium for the games against State (Nov. 9) and Miami (Nov. 16), who could possibly blame Cutcliffe for exploring his options?

Previous grades: Three As, 2 Bs, one C, one D.

Larry Fedora, UNC, A: Saturday’s 34-10 win over Boston College in Chapel Hill was finally the sort of performance/outcome that was generally expected of the Tar Heels in preseason.

One win after a 1-5 first half doesn’t mean the Heels have pulled a 180 on a dime, but it does make Saturday’s game at State (12:30, WRAL) look a good deal more manageable.

UNC snaps 4-game slide by beating BC, 34-10

Boston College is basically a one-dimensional offensive team and running back Andre Williams did some damage, but Carolina’s defense didn’t collapse. Bryn Renner quietly completed 18 of 21 passes for two touchdowns. He was sacked four times but didn’t throw an interception.

Previous grades: One B, one C, four Ds.

Dave Doeren, N.C. State, D: Maybe the 49-17 loss at Florida State eventually will turn out to be the low point of Doeren’s experience with the Wolfpack.

No one expected a win, but there was reason to believe the Pack could put up enough of a fight to keep it interesting for a while.

No. 3 Florida State rolls over NC State 49-17

Instead, State’s players almost seemed scared and surrendered immediately. You could see the Seminoles getting bored after only one quarter and a 35-0 lead.

In a way, maybe it’s good the first-year coach that his team gets back home – homecoming no less – for a game against its arch rival.

With the Pack at 0-4 in the ACC and 3-4 overall and the Heels at 2-5, 1-3, this Carolina-State game won’t come with any bells and whistles, but it should be more than enough in State’s camp to allow the players to forget about the trip to Tallahassee.

Previous grades: Three Bs, one c, two Ds.

Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers, A: With his job still on the line, Rivera is getting the most positive response from his team since his arrival in 2011.

Newton throws for 2 TDs, Panthers beat Bucs 31-13

Thursday’s 31-13 win at Tampa Bay was another impressive performance on all fronts, and there’s no compelling reason to believe the record won’t improve to 5-3 after Sunday’s game against Atlanta in Charlotte.

But something to keep in mind is that the four Panthers’ victims have a combined 6-23 record entering the St. Louis (3-4) game against Seattle (6-1) Monday night.

Previous grades: Three As, one C, one D, one F.


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  • 903 Oct 17th and 1 win Oct 29, 1:48 p.m.

    You can always park for free on Cranford Rd and Perkins Rd. It's about 1/2 mile to the stadium.

    Good to know...

    — Posted by DEVILS1

    Fortunately, the last time I was forced to park there was the Stanford game. Rather than wait on Academy Rd to get to our lot, I decided to just park the car and walk the 1/2 mile. The next time a game draws an unusually big crowd like that, they've hopefully learned some lessons and will have a better plan in place to move cars in more efficiently before kickoff...

  • ACC22 Oct 29, 1:47 p.m.

    Congrats to coach Cut and Duke. David has done an amazing job at Duke and deserves all the praise he is getting. The Duke coahces and players put in the hard work and are winning games as a result. You dont see them or their fans crying about the media not giving them respect. Respect is earned when you actually go out and win. If you can't get it done on the field or on the court then quit crying.

  • DEVILS1 Oct 29, 1:39 p.m.

    You can always park for free on Cranford Rd and Perkins Rd. It's about 1/2 mile to the stadium.

    Good to know...

  • 903 Oct 17th and 1 win Oct 29, 1:30 p.m.

    You can always park for free on Cranford Rd and Perkins Rd. It's about 1/2 mile to the stadium.

  • DEVILS1 Oct 29, 1:28 p.m.

    Duke football may be the only Div One football program where it's costs more to park than it... View More

    Try one of the lot's off of the Durham Freeway on Erwin Rd or Anderson St. Parking is the same cost, plenty of space to tailgate and a ride on the DUKE transit to the middle of campus is included by the chapel, if you do not want to walk. Catch the ride back and you are next to the freeway and out of there without lots of traffic. Like you, I used to park along 751.

  • cjw6105 Oct 29, 1:05 p.m.

    Duke football may be the only Div One football program where it's costs more to park than it does to get into the game (if you can find a place to park). I'm a season-ticket holder for Wolfpack sports but Duke is my second team and I used to go to many football games at Wallace Wade. We would park along 751 near the stadium and tailgate and have a great time. But now that parking is banned everywhere along that stretch, I won't go anymore.

    It's also gotten this bad for Wolfpack non-revenue sports like soccer. It costs more to park in their parking deck than attend the games. Ditto for women's basketball. And like in Chapel Hill, all the streets around the campus now disallow public parking after hours, with only midnight to 6am allowed. These are public streets, and while I think the school should control them during normal business hours, I don't agree with not allowing the public to use them at night and on weekends.

    But again for Duke- if they'd again allow parking around the stadium in places along 751 and elsewhere, where it's not a traffic hazard, they'd bring many more fans back to the games.

  • rushbot Oct 29, 12:30 p.m.

    I am totally ashamed of student body in the ACC that is showing the quality of football that... View More

    — Posted by johnny9

    let us see...there are approx 14,900 students attending duke.. ..wallace wade's seating capacity is 33,941..

  • Carameltoe Oct 29, 12:20 p.m.

    I'm not crying about anything. I'm simply pointing out that teams playing in the Atlantic... View More

    — Posted by cjw6105

    The Coastal Division in general is weak by comparison and it will look even weaker next season with Louisville in the fold of the Atlantic along with Clemson and FSU as top 10 caliber teams. At some point, there may need to be some realignment just to make sure that the Coastal doesn't get blown out in the ACC Championship game every year. I'd like to see some new blood at the commissioner level as well.

  • DEVILS1 Oct 29, 11:20 a.m.

    You can grab tix form $5-15 for GA outside the stadium. Take a buddy and split parking...I can not tell you how many games I have gone to and spent $20 or less for the whole thing. The seats for mid filed are $50 at the ticket window, the same as UNC when DUKE goes there at the end of the season. Between scalpers and stub hub, there is no way one would spend more than $15 for a ticket. Hell, a lot of times you can grab a group of tix for under $ me.


  • 903 Oct 17th and 1 win Oct 29, 11:18 a.m.

    Duke's athletic program is partly responsible for the poor attendance to games. $65 for a... View More

    — Posted by DurhamDevil

    I understand your point, it is expensive to go to the game, but I'd much rather be there than at... View More

    — Posted by Tizu

    All I'm saying is that Duke used to fill up the stadium, nearly doubling their current... View More

    — Posted by DurhamDevil

    22 dollars is not bad for a game. I've seen tickets for 7 dollars for other games. If you can't... View More

    — Posted by NCheatStateU

    most of the Duke fans here don't go to any of the games

    and that's different than most of the UNC fans here?




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