Courtesy of Duke Athletics
DURHAM, N.C. â€“ Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Friday he will remain at the school amid speculation that he is a candidate to become the head coach at the University of Tennessee.
â€œAfter much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family,â€ Cutcliffe said. â€œWe have both family members and lifetime friends in the Knoxville community and share a deep respect for the University of Tennessee. Our ties to the school and the Eastern Tennessee area are obvious. But before Tennesseeâ€™s hiring process comes to a conclusion, I know that Duke University is where we want to coach.
â€œIâ€™ve said all along that what makes Duke so special is the people, and that is the truth. Weâ€™ve received tremendous support from President Brodhead, Kevin White and the rest of the schoolâ€™s administration and are very grateful for their efforts. We have the best coaching staff in the country, and are convinced that we will continue to build a successful football program that both the Duke and Durham communities will be proud of.â€
â€œDavid Cutcliffe informed us this morning that he intends to remain the Duke football coach for a long time,â€ Duke Vice President & Director of Athletics Kevin White said. â€œHe is a tremendous football coach, and an even better person with a terrific family. Simply put, we could not be happier or more excited about the future of the Blue Devil football program. In just two years, David and his stellar coaching staff have made a significant impact on the department, the university and the Durham community. Together, we look forward to building on that great work for many years to come. Under Davidâ€™s guidance and with the strong support of university leadership, Duke is committed to building a football program consistent with the standard of excellence exhibited throughout the entire institution.â€
Cutcliffe has guided Duke to a 9-15 overall record in two seasons. The Blue Devils had won 10 games in the previous eight seasons combined. In ACC play, Dukeâ€™s four wins in two years under Cutcliffe is one league victory greater than the previous eight-year total.
â€œWe are extremely excited about the future of this program,â€ Cutcliffe continued. â€œFrom the players we have returning, to our work on the recruiting front to our facility projects, we know weâ€™re headed in the right direction.â€
The Blue Devils return 41 lettermen and 17 starters from last yearâ€™s squad that posted a 5-7 overall record, marking the programâ€™s highest win total since 1994.