Pregame live: Corn Elder returns to see No. 14 Miami Hurricanes at Duke Blue Devils

A view of Wallace Wade Stadium before Miami-Duke. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

DURHAM, N.C. — Keep it locked here for pregame updates leading up to No. 14 Miami’s Friday night game at Duke (7 p.m., ESPN, 560 WQAM).

Corn Elder is back 

The Carolina Panthers rookie cornerback, standing inches away from the sideline he sprinted on Oct. 31, 2015, was pumped up to watch his Hurricanes play.



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Miami DB/TEs take the field

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Malik Rosier n'em getting ready for Duke

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Travis Homer looking at the flag.

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The talk here is about college basketball, which should not be a surprise on the first day of fall practices. But in sports bars and press boxes in this town, the dominant topic is the bombshell FBI case and what it could mean for the college game.

But people are plenty fired-up about Duke football, too, with the Blue Devils 4-0 and coming off a rivalry win over North Carolina. If you’re a Hurricanes fan, imagine how you’d feel if Miami, off a win over Florida State, was hosting Notre Dame. The fans up here feel like that, generally speaking.

You’re well within your rights to say none of that matters, that Duke football will never be relevant in the grand scheme of things, and you may be correct. But there’s confidence up here. We’ll see how much has transferred to the team.

Duke should feel good about what it has done so far, both on offense and defense. If Miami is going to win tonight — and I would bet the Hurricanes will — they’ll have to clean up the coverage busts, penalties and unforced errors that plagued them in their first two games. They’d better not be thinking about the three-week break before the Toledo game, or the game next week in Tallahassee.


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