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Maxwell Award opts for David Cutcliffe as its Coach of the Year

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The trophy back and forth between David Cutcliffe and Gus Malzahn continues this afternoon, with one of the most prestigious awards of its kind opting for one of the most surprising seasons in several decades as its 2013 winner.

The Maxwell Football Club announced Friday that the Duke head coach has been tabbed as its 2013 National Coach of the Year.  For those who are unaware as to why a Blue Devils coach would be up for a football award, we’ll repeat ourselves.

In his sixth season with the football program, Cutcliffe and his Blue Devils set a school record in 2013 for wins in a season with 10 and earned its first-ever Coastal division title.  Duke played in its first-ever ACC championship game earlier this month, 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.

“Coach Cutcliffe has engineered a tremendous season for the Duke football program,” said Maxwell Football Club Executive Director Mark Wolpert. “The team’s 10-3 record is a great testament to the hard work of Coach and his staff, and also to the dedication shown by the student-athletes involved in the football program at Duke University.”

Cutcliffe had previously been named the Walter Camp Coach of the Year.  Malzahn, who along with Missouri’s Gary Pinkel was a finalist for the Maxwell coaching award, has taken home Coach of the Year honors from the Football Writers Association of America and Home Depot.

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6 Responses to “Maxwell Award opts for David Cutcliffe as its Coach of the Year”
  1. floridacock says: Dec 20, 2013 2:49 PM

    Good pick! Did more with less than any of the other canidates

  2. 1990tiger says: Dec 20, 2013 2:49 PM

    meh. Should have been awarded to Malzhan. Cutcliffe has been a HC for many years and at Duke for the past six years. He has had plenty of time to build up to a 10-win season. Malzhan is only in his 2nd year as a HC and his first year at AU. He took AU from 3-9 last year to 12-1 and playing in the NCG in a year.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    Excellent choice.

    Auburn isn’t that far removed from a national championship so the fact the Malzahn got them back there isn’t as impressive. Many of the players on this team were probably recruited after that title…

    IMO Cutcliffe will be the next HC of the Longhorns.

  4. dcroz says: Dec 20, 2013 3:00 PM

    Cutcliffe has done an incredible job and is most worthy of the honor. He’s also proof that all the whining done by other schools about how academics prevent them from being successful (coughBigTencough) is a lot of hot air.

    As far him becoming the next head coach at Texas, I seriously doubt he has any interest in the job. From what I have read about him, he enjoys the more laid-back, small school program atmosphere such as he has now at Duke. I think at his age he is perfectly happy where he is and will remain there as long as he wants.

  5. irishdodger says: Dec 20, 2013 5:53 PM

    I believe both Malzahn & Cutcliffe are equally deserving for COY honors. To complain that either one was chosen over the other is splitting hairs.

    To do what Cutcliffe has done at Duke since he arrived is really worth celebrating. He’s at an elite academic institution that is known more for their basketball program. He’s done what no one else could do in recent memory. Spurrier took them to a bowl, but remember when he was coaching, the likes of Miami, VT, FSU & BC were not members of the ACC.

  6. florida727 says: Dec 22, 2013 10:01 AM

    No-brainer pick regardless of where your rooting interests lie. You try recruiting football players to a basketball school. Don’t even know who they’re playing in a bowl game but I hope they win. 11-3 would be an incredible feat at Duke.

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