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Camp Coach of the Year honor goes to Duke’s Cutcliffe

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As expected, the resurrection of the Duke football program has landed David Cutcliffe the first of what should be multiple postseason honors.

Late Thursday morning, the Walter Camp Foundation announced that Cutcliffe has been named as its 2013 Coach of the Year.  Cutcliffe is the first Duke head coach to be accorded Camp honors since the award was first handed out in 1967, and the first ACC coach since Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen in 2001.

In his sixth season with the football program, Cutcliffe and his Blue Devils set a school record for wins in a season with 10 and earned its first-ever Coastal division title.  Duke will face top-ranked Florida State in the conference championship game Saturday, and will play in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the program’s 92-year history.

In the six years with Cutcliffe on the sidelines, the Blue Devils have won 31 games; in the 15 seasons prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival and dating back to 1993, Duke won a combined 33 games.  Eight of those wins came in 1994.

Cutcliffe, along with Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, were named finalists for the Maxwell Award Coach of the Year.

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8 Responses to “Camp Coach of the Year honor goes to Duke’s Cutcliffe”
  1. be4bama says: Dec 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    My vote was for Gus.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    Well deserved…

    Malzahn did a great job as well but you can’t deny that Auburn won a national title 3 years ago. Duke was 3-9 3 years ago…

  3. halbert53 says: Dec 5, 2013 12:05 PM

    Did more with less, deserves it.

  4. Deb says: Dec 5, 2013 12:32 PM

    Those were the three coaches on my list. Congrats to Cutcliffe!! When you see how far he’s brought Duke, it’s really amazing.

  5. romer318 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:14 PM

    Good for him, i’m not a Duke fan but he deserved it hands down.

  6. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 5, 2013 2:16 PM

    Yes and Cutcliffe has been there for 6 seasons, they’ll go back to being Duke next season…Gus deserved it more, he had to do a complete overhaul of staff.

  7. klownboy says: Dec 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Anyone one here who thinks another coach deserves it more than Cutcliffe obviously do not understand college football. No coach is supposed to win more than 9 football games at Duke – let alone win 10 and a division title. Cutcliffe DID.

    Case closed.

  8. waynefontes says: Dec 6, 2013 6:26 AM

    liverpoolred04 says:
    Dec 5, 2013 2:16 PM
    Yes and Cutcliffe has been there for 6 seasons, they’ll go back to being Duke next season…Gus deserved it more, he had to do a complete overhaul of staff.
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    Wow. One coach overhauled a staff, the other merely overhauled a whole program and culture.

    Malzahn has done a great job, but to think he deserves it more than David Cutcliffe is just stupid. Of course he overhauled the staff, he brought in all of his coaches. That’s what new head coaches at a school do. What a dumb reason to think someone deserves coach of the year.

    Look at what Auburn has been the last 10-15 years, and look at what Duke has been.

    Auburn won the SEC West, 14 games and a national championship THREE YEARS ago. It’s not like they’re Kentucky or Vanderbilt. They’ve had two losing seasons the last ten years. They’ve also gone 13-0 and 14-0 during that same time.

    He’s done a great job, but any great coach can do that at a top level program like Auburn.

    Duke won 10 games this year for the first time ever. They are going to back-to-back bowls for the first time ever.

    When was the last time Duke beat two ranked opponents in the same year?

    It isn’t even close. Which is why they picked the right man.

    Congratulations to Coach Malzahn, the coach of the year in the SEC.

    Congratulations to Coach Cutcliffe, the coach of the year in all of college football.

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