Another twist will be added today to the rivalry between Duke and North Carolina, which will play for the 95th time at Wallace Wade Stadium. David Cutcliffe will take his turn in coaching his first game in the rivalry for Duke with the 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Cutcliffe had his mind on the game on Aug. 30 when Duke students wanted to tear down the goal posts after his first win. He suggested to the students that they wait for a more meaningful game to bring down the uprights. "We respect all programs," Cutcliffe said. "We're not going to fear programs. There's nothing wrong with saying that. That's a fact. We respect North Carolina and the job they've done."
Respect for the Rivalry: Tar Heels, Blue Devils have struggled in recent weeks
The Winston-Salem Journal
This year Greg Akinbiyi wants to actually touch the Victory Bell after the Duke-North Carolina rivalry game.
The Duke defensive end took off on a sprint toward the trophy last year immediately after the Blue Devils' game-winning field goal attempt took flight. When the kick sailed wide left, Akinbiyi was forced to pull up a few tantalizing yards short.
"I almost had my hands on it," he said.
Nobody on the Blue Devils' team has come that close to grabbing the trophy that goes annually to the North Carolina-Duke winner. The Tar Heels have claimed it in 17 of the past 18 years, and for four straight years the bell has been painted in North Carolina's shade of blue.
Victory Bell on line for UNC-Duke game
The Associated Press
North Carolina has lost two straight football games and Duke four. Yet when the old rivals meet for the 95th time today at Duke, the mood will be generally upbeat for programs that have been marked by misery for most of the past decade.
Such is the infusion of hope that David Cutcliffe has brought to Duke and Butch Davis to Carolina.
UNC-Duke game not so gloomy
The News and Observer
For the longest time, it looked as though today's annual Duke-North Carolina football game could have the kind of big-picture implications normally reserved for the rivals' basketball matchups.
Tar Heels, Blue Devils throw out record book
The Durham Herald-Sun
David Cutcliffe is very blunt. That was the quality Duke needed in its new football coach.
Duke needed Cutcliffe's words to cut through 14 losing seasons of apathy, frustration and worse.
Cutcliffe means what he says
The News and Observer