A few years ago, the Roanoke paper wouldn’t have wasted much time on Duke football.
Today? There’s a caution in this article that Duke has a tough schedule but also a healthy respect for what David Cutcliffe has accomplished.
And as we’ve already seen, Cutcliffe is pretty optimistic: “You could probably pick 10 reasons things didn’t go well, and there would be legitimate reasons. But the biggest one, and I mean this sincerely, is that I didn’t have our team as ready as it needed to be. I believe in my heart of hearts, this team is the deepest, most talented team we’ve had at Duke yet. We are young in certain spots. We have concerns in certain little areas. But I think this team will display what we’re capable of being at Duke, and we believe we can compete for championships every year. That’s where we had gotten to, and that’s where we intend to be.”