Friday, January 15, 2010

Cutcliffe to remain at Duke

Coach David Cutcliffe is staying at Duke, school sports information director Art Chase said Friday morning.

Cutcliffe had been pursued by Tennessee for its head coaching job. Chase said Cutcliffe will meet with the media later today.

"After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family,” Cutcliffe said in a statement released by Duke. “We have both family members and lifetime friends in the Knoxville community and share a deep respect for the University of Tennessee. Our ties to the school and the Eastern Tennessee area are obvious. But before Tennessee’s hiring process comes to a conclusion, I know that Duke University is where we want to coach.

“I’ve said all along that what makes Duke so special is the people, and that is the truth. We’ve received tremendous support from President (Richard) Brodhead, Kevin White and the rest of the school’s administration and are very grateful for their efforts. We have the best coaching staff in the country, and are convinced that we will continue to build a successful football program that both the Duke and Durham communities will be proud of.”

White, the Duke athletic director, said in a statment that Cutcliffe informed the school this morning that he planned to remain with the Blue Devils.

Cutcliffe has guided Duke to a 9-15 overall record in two seasons. The Blue Devils had won 10 games in the previous eight seasons combined. In ACC play, Duke’s four wins in two years under Cutcliffe is one league victory greater than the previous eight-year total.

“He is a tremendous football coach, and an even better person with a terrific family," White said in a statement. "Simply put, we could not be happier or more excited about the future of the Blue Devil football program. In just two years, David and his stellar coaching staff have made a significant impact on the department, the university and the Durham community. Together, we look forward to building on that great work for many years to come. Under David’s guidance and with the strong support of university leadership, Duke is committed to building a football program consistent with the standard of excellence exhibited throughout the entire institution.”

Duke returns 41 lettermen and 17 starters from last year’s squad that posted a 5-7 overall record, achieving the program’s highest win total since 1994.

“We are extremely excited about the future of this program,” Cutcliffe said. “From the players we have returning, to our work on the recruiting front to our facility projects, we know we’re headed in the right direction.”

Tennessee had been seeking a replacement for Lane Kiffin, who left Tuesdayd to coach Southern California after just one season with the Volunteers.

Cutcliffe, 55, had worked at Tennessee for 19 seasons in two separate stints. He's considered one of the best offensive minds in the game, and was offensive coordinator of Tennessee's 1998 national championship team.

He also coached Peyton Manning in the mid-1990s for the Vols and coached Eli Manning at Mississippi during a six-year stint there. He is 53-44 overall as a head coach in eight seasons.

Ken Tysiac

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Muschamp... turned it down
Calhoun... tuned it down
Cutcliffe... turned it down

Maybe UT needs to get rid of Hamilton!

Anonymous said...

Yes! Thank you David Cutfliffe for making the right choice! I was going to be tee'd off if you bailed out on Duke.

Anonymous said...

Refreshing decision by Cutcliffe.

Anonymous said...

UT is screwed. No one wants it. Is Butch Davis the next to be called?

Anonymous said...

I heard Jett Turner called a team meeting down in Clover.....

Anonymous said...

Jon Gruden

Anonymous said...

something is wrong in knoxville.....coaches should be lined up to go to that program. they must need a new ad or something is seriously screwed up that we aren't aware of.

Anonymous said...

Mike Leach!

Anonymous said...

Imagine if Butch Davis did jump ship. Mack Brown Part II. Except Mack can actually coach.

Richard said...

Excellent...now fellow Duke alums, since Cutcliffe has shown his commitment to building a football program at Duke, let's show our commitment!

Anonymous said...

Leach would be better at ECU, since he loves pirates.

Tuesdy said...

I wonder how much NCAA trouble is on the horizon for my guys in Knoxville? If they even call Butch Davis I'll hurt somebody.

Anonymous said...

Hamilton, AD at TN, condoned recruiting violations by Kiffin and staff. Cutcliff also has little respect for Hamilton over the way Fulmer was treated. Hamilton is the main problem at TN. He should be fired for cause.

Anonymous said...

It might be a little to soon for Mike Leach, but what a catch he would be.

Anonymous said...

Whew! Thank you Cutliffe!

Anonymous said...

Chuck Amato

Anonymous said...

Looks like it's Dooley from La. Tech. Too bad they had to rush into this search and settle... This comment coming from a Bama grad of course.

The Reid said...

How sad is Tennessee's football program right now? They got turned down by David Cutcliffe at DOOK! He has ties to Tennessee and turned them down to stay at DOOK! DOOK, who's 5 wins last year(despite not being able to beat Richmond) were their most since 1994! Tennessee won the national title not too long ago and has been many SEC title games. Vol nation must feel scarred!