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Duke, Cutcliffe reach agreement on contract extension

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And this would serve as Exhibit A as to what happens when, one, a head coach is successful relative to his situation and, two, said success leads to speculation about “better” jobs.

In the wake of rumors that had connected David Cutcliffe to the opening at Tennessee, Duke announced Wednesday that they had reached an agreement with their head coach on a contract extension.  Cutcliffe is now signed through June 30 of 2019.

There was no mention of whether the extension included a bump in pay.  According to the USA Today database, Cutcliffe earned nearly $1.8 million in 2012.

“Without question, we have already made great discernible progress since David’s arrival,” athletic director David White said in a statement. “However, as we assess our future – based on prospect evaluations, ongoing recruitment activity and player development – we are extremely excited, if not euphoric!  To be sure, ‘Coach Cut’ represents just a great fit at Duke.  David and the staff have done an exemplary job of leading the program, while subscribing to the highest institutional ideals, both academically and athletically.”

This season, Duke is bowl eligible for the first time since 1994.

In his nearly five full seasons with the Blue Devils, Cutcliffe has compiled a 21-39 record.  To put that win total into perspective, Duke had won just 10 games in the previous years combined prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival in December of 2007.

“This business is about people, and Karen and I could not be happier with the people we’ve associated ourselves with here at Duke,” Cutcliffe said. “President Brodhead and Kevin White are the best of the best, and we are grateful for their support as we continue to build Duke’s football program.  We’ve accomplished some of the goals we laid out five years ago, but are nowhere close to where we want to be.”

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17 Responses to “Duke, Cutcliffe reach agreement on contract extension”
  1. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 21, 2012 3:57 PM

    Aw shit, you mean he’s not going to be Tennessee’s new coach? LOL

    Cutcliffe is where he needs to be, and once again…he has never been, nor will he ever be a candidate for the job in Knoxville.

  2. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2012 4:49 PM


    Coach Cutcliffe did a magnificent job while at Ole Miss. It will be interesting to see who U. Tenn is able to attract. You dum-dums should never have unloaded Coach Fulmer. He brought the school a NC and some wonderful teams. What has UTenn done since his departure? Your probably holding the answer in your hand……

  3. normtide says: Nov 21, 2012 5:06 PM

    UT wants Gruden, idk why. Pro coaches don’t usually thrive in the college game. He has no recruiting ties, no college HC exp, nor any love of younger players (his words). Most likely, if hired, it will be a huge payday for him and a huge mistake for UT.

  4. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2012 5:15 PM


    According to Paul Finebaum, Gruden already earns a heafty ($5 Mil) salary. Why would he want the aggravation? Paul says that’s not going to happen and Paul knows.

  5. normtide says: Nov 21, 2012 5:33 PM

    Beats me, rarely get a chance to listen to Paul. Maybe you should call him and tell your Clemson stories, your rants would fit right in.

  6. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2012 5:42 PM


    Normally respectful to Tide folk. But I must admit, we really enjoyed fitting right into you guys last time you were in Cola. I guess I do fit in….and it feels soooo gooood.

  7. normtide says: Nov 21, 2012 5:54 PM

    Grats on that, only took 20 years to become an actual SEC team. Double Grats on the SEC and BCS title you won, oh wait, you never have. The difference is, you beat us, its your greatest day, we beat you, its just another Saturday.

  8. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 21, 2012 6:50 PM

    thanks gamecocker, its obvious you know so much more about UT football than I do. I am so impressed. LOL

    Your program has been relevant for oh say about…..four years, so in the words of my wife, the SC grad…shaddup.

    Glad to know you think so highly of Fulmer, he’s available you know, and oddly its been 4 years since his worthless ass was canned, yet his phone ringeth not.

  9. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 21, 2012 7:01 PM

    Hey Norm, there are almost as many reasons why UT fans want Gruden, as there are for other SEC teams to NOT want him in Knoxville.

    And its not quite accurate to say NFL coaches “dont usually make it,” in fact aside from Sherman who had the wrong personality for the college game, I’d say Carrol, Harbaugh, and Mora have done quite well.

    If Gruden takes the job, it wont be because of money, but its highly unlikely its going to happen. A couple of the UT reporters were reporting on Monday that it was .99 done, however today the same guys report “there is a snag.” LOL The truth is all these guys are talking out their ass and none of them have a clue whats going on. Probability Gruden is headed to Knoxville – Remote.

  10. normtide says: Nov 21, 2012 7:11 PM

    That wasn’t a knock on UT. Just wondering why Vol fans are so willing to bet the farm on a coach that is unproven at the college level. I don’t remember his as a GREAT pro coach. When he won the SB, the raiders used the offensive playbook he had created. He didn’t resign, he was fired. I think he was a really good coach. He may do awesome, honestly, I want UT to be good again. We have a great rivalry, and that takes two consistent teams. Gruden is an unknown outcome in my mind.

  11. jimbo75025 says: Nov 21, 2012 7:18 PM

    Gruden is going to UT. Blah, blah, blah. I heard all of this 4 years ago when Fulmer was fired and 3 years ago when Kiffin left. I knew 4 years ago would never happen, I knew 3 years ago it would never happen, and I know now it will never happen.

    That being said, I do not doubt Gruden is using the possibility to potentially raise his salary at ESPN and/or potentially with the Eagles. Personally, I believe he either goes with the Eagles or he will never coach again. Old coaches have about a 4-5 year window to return somewhere from broadcasting or they are written off as “has let the game pass them by”.

  12. normtide says: Nov 21, 2012 7:27 PM

    I think he stays in the NFL. Pay isn’t an issue, half the work (no recruiting), better shopping for the wife, and he has said he doesn’t prefer young players. I think the Jets or Eagles will be his landing spot. I say anything to get him out of the MNF booth. Every player he sees is the greatest ever, man.

  13. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 21, 2012 7:31 PM

    Norm, I used to live in Tampa. The Bucs organization was as dysfunctional as the Raiders when Davis lost his last marble. And the season after they won the championship the front office completely dismantled the team. I seriously doubt anybody could have done any better than Gruden did during that time.

    And about him not being a great NFL coach, you could count the ‘great’ coaches in the league right now on one finger. Gruden was good, and we’ll take good. I understand your reluctance, but in my mind he’s a slam dunk with no downside, but a lot of UT fans don’t want him either. LOL

  14. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2012 10:01 PM


    For a guy whose team lost three straight to the Fighting Gamecocks, you talk a lot but you say nothing. Your school couldn’t keep a great recruiter in Lane Kiffen; UT then can’t attract anyone of note to coach and you settle for Dooley; then you pull an “Auburn” in league play! And now I understand why your Wife, a South Carolina grad, tells you to “SHADDUPP”! How I pray the kids have her genes!

  15. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2012 10:16 PM


    You’re correct, South Carolina has not won an SEC title outright or a BCS. My Clemson rants as you call them are nothing compared to some of the vitriole I hear from Alabama-Auburn fans. Despite your pretentious and obnoxious personality, I’ll still root for ‘Bama against Auburn. You’re probably just another ‘Bama sycophant who didn’t even ‘Bama. Now why don’t you just go and walk your good buddy, thehoundsofbaskervols.

  16. normtide says: Nov 21, 2012 10:25 PM

    Game, here I was thinking you were my best friend. Also, I think you would root for North Korea if they played Auburn. As always, go SEC vs any other league. Crush Clemson and make us proud.

  17. thegamecocker says: Nov 21, 2012 10:57 PM


    LOL. At least you have a sense of humor which is a sign of high intelligence. And you display a sense of conference loyalty which is another worthy trait. I honestly feel Auburn cast a black eye on our conference with the entire Newton episode and low-life player like Nick Fairly, the alcoholic. Chizek is an embarrasment and I hope the gestapo NCAA comes down hard on them and that’Bama destroys them!

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