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Duke extends David Cutcliffe’s contract into 2021

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The Duke Blue Devils are all in on David Cutcliffe despite coming off a losing regular season for the first time since 2011. The Blue Devils announced a contract extension that will carry through the 2010 season. The contract is set to expire on June 30, 2021.

Terms of the contract other than the length have not been disclosed. Cutcliffe was paid $2.3 million by Duke last year, according to the USA Today contract database.

“Simply put, Duke University is terribly honored and very proud to have one of the truly pinnacle football coaches in the country leading the Blue Devil program into the next decade,” Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White said in a released statement. “To be sure, what Coach Cutcliffe has accomplished over nine seasons at Duke is nothing short of extraordinary! With David’s innovation, vision, passion, not to mention well-seasoned expertise, our student-athletes will continue to enjoy, both academically and athletically, the very best – actually the ‘gold standard’ – experience within the broader enterprise that is college football.”

Cutcliffe took over as Duke’s head coach in 2008. Prior to Cutcliffe’s hiring, Duke had played in just two bowl games since 1961, one of which was coached by Steve Spurrier. While there are more bowl games today than ever before, that should not take away from Cutcliffe managing to get the Blue Devils to four straight bowl games from 2012 through 2015 before having a struggle in 2016 with just four wins. Cutcliffe has also coached Duke to the ACC Championship Game (2013). Despite the step back in the win total for the third straight year, nobody doubts Cutcliffe is the right man for the job in Durham.

Broken leg sidelines WVU’s second-leading receiver for rest of season

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West Virginia’s offense has taken a rather significant late-season hit.

Dana Holgorsen revealed that Ka’Raun White has a broken bone in his lower leg and will undergo surgery shortly to repair the damage.  The expected recovery time is 6-8 weeks, meaning the wide receiver will miss the remainder of the season.

The injury will sideline White for the regular-season finale against Baylor this weekend as well as WVU’s bowl game.

Holgorsen believes that White, the younger brother of former WVU and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White, will be fully recovered for the start of spring practice next year.

A junior, White’s 48 receptions and five receiving touchdowns are second on the Mountaineers.  His 583 yards are third on the team.