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.”