David Cutcliffe
American football coach
David Cutcliffe
David Cutcliffe is the head football coach of the Duke University Blue Devils. He is best known for coaching Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning at the University of Tennessee, and Manning's younger brother and fellow Super Bowl Champion Eli at the University of Mississippi. Almost all offensive records at both schools were set during Cutcliffe's time as coach.
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Reed Kicks Game-Winning Field Goal as Duke Beats Notre Dame
NYTimes - 5 months
Duke coach David Cutcliffe need not have worried about AJ Reed's confidence.
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Why 2016 will be a year of change in college football
ABC News - 6 months
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's September 5 NFL Preview Issue. Subscribe today! AS THE SOUTH CAROLINA Gamecocks shifted stations during their first practice of August, new head coach Will Muschamp sang along to the tune blaring through the speakers that spoke to the entirety of the college football world. "CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES!" Its performer, David Bowie, is gone -- a reminder that time stops for no man. No, not even Steve Spurrier. The game's ceaseless march forward always brings with it a long list of annual ch-ch-changes. "I've been a college coach since 1982, and nothing is the same now except maybe the number of points they give you when you score," Duke coach David Cutcliffe says. "It'd be nice if someone made a list for me of what's different for every fall." Good news, Coach! We've done just that, creating a must-know crib sheet on the modifications that are in store as the 2016 season kicks off... ...
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Beckham throws down windmill dunk at Cameron
USA Today - almost 2 years
Beckham is training with David Cutcliffe.           
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Cutcliffe, Bohl, Leipold win AFCA coach of the year awards
Fox News - about 3 years
Duke coach David Cutcliffe and former North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl have been selected national coaches of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.
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Duke's Cutcliffe wins Walter Camp coach of the year award.
Fox News - about 3 years
Duke's David Cutcliffe has been selected coach of the year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
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No. 24 Duke beats North Carolina 27-25
Yahoo News - about 3 years
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach David Cutcliffe and his players talked openly all season about winning a division title and earning a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
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College Football Week 12 Recap: Auburn's Miracle Catch, USC Resurgence Among 10 Takeaways
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
By Dave Miller, National Football Post Let's take a look at my ten biggest takeaways from college football's Week 12 slate. The new BCS standings: Alabama and Florida State remained Nos. 1 and 2 in the newest BCS standings, while Baylor moved up to No. 4 and is closing in on No. 3 Ohio State. Oregon is the top one-loss team, as the Ducks checked in at No. 5. Auburn, Clemson and Missouri are ranked sixth through eighth, respectively. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State moved up two spots to No. 10, and the Pokes will have a chance to continue to move up with a win this Saturday against Baylor. South Carolina dropped one spot to No. 11 after its close win over Florida, and No. 12 Texas A&M fell a spot after its bye week. Michigan State moved up three slots, including over UCLA, to check in at No. 13. The Bruins are No. 14, and Fresno State is No. 15. The Bulldogs remain the top non-AQ team and are in line to get a BCS bowl bid. The Bulldogs would earn a spot if they finish in the Top 16 and ...
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Great Sports Wisdom You Can Use, Even If You Don't Play Sports
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Certainly great coaches spend a great deal of time and effort trying to best their competitors. But for many of the greatest coaches, their legacies go beyond measuring wins and losses, and their words have taken on universal significance. Indeed, some of the greatest coaching advice can be applied to areas that have nothing to do with sports. Here are some of the most inspiring words from coaches who achieved great success while shaping their players' lives beyond the realm of sports. John Wooden "It's amazing how much can be accomplished if no one is concerned with who gets the credit." Wooden is the dean of college basketball. During his tenure at UCLA (1948-75), Wooden won 10 national championships, including seven straight titles, a record that has yet to be matched. His "pyramid of success" is one of the most respected coaching techniques. The Wizard of Westwood ended his career with his 10th championship in 12 years. As Bill Walton, who played under Wooden from 1971- ...
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ACC coach speak, Week 2
Roanoke.com - over 3 years
Boston College coach Steve Addazio On the returners from last year playing well in the opener “I would say they’ve embraced the fact that  we are trying to utilize the talents we have best here at BC right now. We have a power back, a pretty sizable offensive line playing hard, a quarterback that throws it well, and we have one receiver that has a bunch of experience and has caught a bunch of balls.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney On whether the win over Georgia made a statement for the ACC: “Well, I don’t know about a statement for the ACC. I just think it’s a statement for Clemson. I mean, I always tell people, it’s not about the league, it’s about the program. You know, that’s just what I believe. I mean, you can be a bad team in a really good league and say, hey, but we’re in this league. Well, that’s great, but your team isn’t very good. “To me it’s more about the program. That’s really what I’m more concerned with. All the rest of that stuff, that all takes care of itse ...
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Duke coach: Mellencamp's son practicing with team
Yahoo News - over 3 years
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach David Cutcliffe says walk-on Hud Mellencamp will continue to practice with the football team while he deals with felony battery charges in Indiana.
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With tweaked offense, improved defense, Duke not satisfied after 1st bowl berth since 1994
Fox News - over 3 years
Those two helped bring Duke from the bottom of the conference to the middle of the pack — and that's significant progress from a program that went winless four times in the 11-year span from 1996-2006 and won a total of two games in the three seasons before David Cutcliffe was hired.
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Duke coach David Cutcliffe announces 20-player signing class that's heavy on speed, skill
Fox News - about 4 years
Duke rarely signs the highest-rated recruits in football.
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College Football Coaching Hot Seat
Huffington Post - over 4 years
BY RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press The first firing of the college football season came Sunday. Idaho let go of Robb Akey in a move that was not unexpected. With a little more than a month to go, there are other axes to fall. It's safe to say Arkansas will not be signing up for another year of the John L. Smith experience. Here are 10 more coaches who could be bracing for bad news. (All captions via Associated Press) HEISMAN WATCH Look for Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and Oregon running back Kenjon Barner to start generating some Heisman buzz in the coming weeks. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has emerged as the front-runner for the award after accounting for seven touchdowns in a blowout of West Virginia on Saturday. Behind Klein though, there is plenty of room for challengers to emerge now that Geno Smith's star has dimmed and Braxton Miller is coming off a poor game in which he was injured. McCarron and Barner are set to surge, w ...
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Virginia Tech football vs. Duke: Blue Devils no longer a laughingstock - Washington Post
Google News - over 4 years
ESPN Virginia Tech football vs. Duke: Blue Devils no longer a laughingstock Washington Post By the time David Cutcliffe decided to take on the challenge of rebuilding the Duke football program, he had already won a national championship as an offensive coordinator. He had heard Peyton Manning and Eli Manning both credit him when asked who ... At Duke, a Reason to Cheer in the 100th SeasonNew York Times Batten: Secretly cheering for Duke footballFayetteville Observer Seven surprise FBS teams at the midway pointUSA TODAY ESPN (blog) -CBSSports.com -The Virginian-Pilot all 230 news articles »
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Tuesday: Back at it with playoffs and hot seats, plus the usual nonsense
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
Frank Spaziani (along with Randy Edsall) has the hottest seat in the ACC, according to one analyst. BCS COMMISSIONERS WILL PRESENT THEIR FOUR-TEAM PLAYOFF PROPOSAL to the presidential oversight committee today in Washington. Here’s the story. Virginia Tech president Charles Steger heads the committee, which includes one university leader from each of the 11 major football conferences, as well as independent Notre Dame. “Could there be a present with a bow on it and everything wrapped up [today]?” Big Ten commish Jim Delany said. “It could happen, if you’re real optimistic. But I would think we’ll probably need to spend some more time together, and probably resolve some outstanding issues.” -Andy breaks down Virginia, the Hokies’ final opponent of the 2012 regular season. NEVER TOO EARLY TO START PONDERING WHO WILL BE ON THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHING HOT SEAT THIS FALL. According to this list from CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd, Arkansas coach John L. Smith has the most blazin’ ch ...
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What A Year To Be A QB Coach In Denver.
Mile High Report - almost 5 years
If I am Adam Gase, I would be feeling intimidated right now, if not totally out of my league! In his second year as Denvers QB Coach he is suddenly given a QB to coach who is 3 years his senior, and who had been playing pro ball for 7 years prior to Adams first professional coaching gig! Gase began his career in 2000 as the defensive grad assistant at LSU under Nick Saban. He spent the next two years serving as the assistant to the head coach at LSU. He broke into the NFL in 2003 with the Lions as a scouting assistant and held that position until 2005. From 2005-06, Gase got his first taste of coaching as an offensive assistant with the Lions, working under Head Coach Steve Mariucci in 2005 and then Head Coach Rod Marinelli in 2006. In his first year as Detroit’s quarterbacks coach (2007), Gase helped quarterback Jon Kitna total the sixth-most passing yards (4,068) in the NFL while becoming only the ninth player in NFL history to post consecutive 4,000-yard passing sea ...
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Duke's David Cutcliffe: Manning throwing at 'game pace,' Titans could be next ... - Washington Post
Google News - almost 5 years
Globe and Mail Duke's <a class="fplink fp-393854" href="/David+Cutcliffe+1">David Cutcliffe</a>: Manning throwing at 'game pace,' Titans could be next ... Washington Post Duke football coach <a class="fplink fp-393854" href="/David+Cutcliffe+1">David Cutcliffe</a> says Peyton Manning is throwing at “game pace” and the Tennessee Titans could be next to see for themselves. After spending eight hours meeting with Tennessee executives on Wednesday, Manning is expected to work out ... Purdy: 49ers, fans need to be careful in their pursuit of Peyton...San Jose Mercury News Manning and 49ers' championship windowESPN (blog) Young touts 49ers as Peyton Manning's 'best opportunity'NFL News The Tennessean -NFL Soup all 2,703 news articles »
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ACC Week 2 Power Rankings - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
David Cutcliffe&#39;s group is confused and looking for answers right now. Duke was hoping to reach a bowl game for the first time since the 1994 season. Now they are in danger of sinking right back to the bottom of the ACC. Cutcliffe is a great coach and
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Cutcliffe
  • 2013
    Age 58
    On November 29, with a close 27–25 win over North Carolina, the Blue Devils clinched their first-ever Coastal Division title and a berth in the 2013 ACC Championship Game falling to the eventual National Champions Florida State Seminoles and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston 45-7.
    More Details Hide Details Duke also had its first 10-win season in the school's over 100-year history of football. Duke's historic 2013 season concluded on New Year's Eve in Atlanta, GA, at the Chick-fil-A Bowl against the Texas A&M Aggies, led by 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. In a high-scoring affair totaling 100 points, Duke took a 38–17 halftime lead before ultimately succumbing to a Manziel-led rally, 52–48. Six quarterbacks whom Cutcliffe coached in college have gone on to play in the NFL: Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Erik Ainge, Thaddeus Lewis, and Sean Renfree. Cutcliffe also coached former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton while Helton played quarterback at Tennessee. Eli Manning's former backup, Seth Smith, plays for the Seattle Mariners. Cutcliffe is married to Karen Cutcliffe. They have four children: Marcus, Chris, Katie and Emily.
    On October 26, 2013, Cutcliffe led the Blue Devils to an upset of #14 Virginia Tech, 13–10.
    More Details Hide Details This was Duke's first win over a ranked opponent since beating #14 Virginia in 1994. With this win, the Blue Devils became bowl eligible for a second consecutive season for the first time since the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
    The following season, 2013, Cutcliffe led the team to a second straight bowl appearance, another win over North Carolina, an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship and the first 10-win season in school history.
    More Details Hide Details He also earned multiple college football coach of the year awards from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Maxwell Football Club, and the Bobby Dodd Foundation. Cutcliffe was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, which played a formative role in his development as a football coach. He has two brothers (Charles "Paige" Cutcliffe, and Raymond Eugene "JR." Cutcliffe) and three sisters (Mary Marlyn Cutcliffe Sullivan, Margart Lynn Cutcliffe, and Elizabeth "Buff" Cutcliffe Easterly.) Cutcliffe attended Banks High School in Birmingham where he played football. He attended the University of Alabama, where he worked as an assistant director of the athletic dormitory.
  • 2012
    Age 57
    He was subsequently named ACC Coach of the Year on November 27, 2012.
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    On October 20, 2012, Coach Cutcliffe led the Devils to their first win over North Carolina since 2003.
    More Details Hide Details In doing so, Duke became bowl eligible for the first time since 1994.
  • 2010
    Age 55
    In January 2010, following Lane Kiffin's abrupt departure after just one season at the helm of the Tennessee football team, Cutcliffe quickly emerged as a leading candidate to replace Kiffin.
    More Details Hide Details Cutcliffe, however, ultimately rebuffed Tennessee's overtures, remaining at Duke and stating, “After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family. We 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 Tennessee’s hiring process comes to a conclusion, I know that Duke University is where we want to coach.” Cutcliffe's decision was widely lauded as a rare example of commitment and integrity among prominent college football coaches.
  • 2008
    Age 53
    On Saturday, August 30, 2008, Cutcliffe won his first game as Duke's head coach, defeating the James Madison Dukes 31–7, before a crowd of 32,571, the largest in Wallace Wade Stadium since 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The game marked the introduction of a number of rituals that Cutcliffe hopes to turn into Duke traditions, including the Blue Devil Walk, which parades the players and coaching staff from Duke Chapel, through West Campus and past Cameron Indoor Stadium to Wallace Wade Stadium, and the "Blue Devil Rock", located in the stadium tunnel and mined from the same quarry used in the construction of Duke's West Campus. In Cutcliffe's second game, Duke lost to Northwestern in a mirror image game of the previous season's matchup, twice falling short of a touchdown deep in Northwestern territory. After the home loss against Northwestern, Duke hosted Navy, prevailing 41–31. Cutcliffe next led Duke to its first ACC victory since 2004, with a 31–3 rout of Virginia. This was a complete turnaround from the team's 2006 game against UVA, in which the Blue Devils were shut out 37–0 in Wallace Wade. Duke proceeded to lose to Georgia Tech and Miami before notching its first road win of the season, a 10–7 victory over SEC opponent Vanderbilt. Next, on the road at Wake Forest, Duke lost in overtime, 33–30, missing what would have been a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation. This was another in a string of such painful kicking miscues for the Blue Devils, including a miss at North Carolina in the previous season. The next game, Duke went on to lose to Clemson, 31–7, before fighting to a surprisingly close 14–3 loss to powerhouse Virginia Tech and suffering a disappointing close loss to arch-rival North Carolina at season's end.
    Cutcliffe inherited a program that had tallied only three winning seasons in the last 25 years and, before the 2008 season, had not beaten an ACC opponent in over three seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Cutcliffe immediately began a strength and conditioning program, challenging the team to collectively lose 1,000 pounds after finding the team in less than ideal physical shape.
  • 2007
    Age 52
    Cutcliffe was hired as the head football coach at Duke University on December 14, 2007, replacing Ted Roof, who had amassed a 6–45 win-loss record (3–33 in the ACC) over four-plus years at the school.
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  • 2006
    Age 51
    Cutcliffe led a major turnaround of the Tennessee offense during the 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge ranked among the nation's top 25 passers by yardage, and Robert Meachem had the third-most receiving yards of any player.
  • 2005
    Age 50
    After his stint at Ole Miss, Cutcliffe was hired as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame, but health problems forced him to resign before his first season there. In 2005, he underwent successful triple-bypass surgery to correct a 99-percent blocked artery.
    More Details Hide Details After taking a year off he returned to Knoxville to coach Tennessee again and join his sons, Chris Cutcliffe and Marcus Hilliard, then Tennessee students, on campus (his oldest daughter, Katie Cutcliffe Kolls, would also attend Tennessee). After Cutcliffe's successor as offensive coordinator at Tennessee, Randy Sanders, resigned, Phillip Fulmer rehired Cutcliffe to replace him.
  • 2004
    Age 49
    Cutcliffe was fired by Ole Miss Athletic Director Pete Boone in December 2004 after his only losing season at Ole Miss.
    More Details Hide Details Boone had asked Cutcliffe to fire some assistant coaches and provide a detailed plan for improving the program, specifically the defense and recruiting. Cutcliffe refused to fire any staff members, and was subsequently fired along with his assistants.
  • 2003
    Age 48
    In 2003, Cutcliffe's Rebels tied LSU for the Southeastern Conference West Division title, and they won the Cotton Bowl Classic.
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  • 1998
    Age 43
    On December 2, 1998, Cutcliffe was hired as the head football coach at Ole Miss.
    More Details Hide Details Cutcliffe had success at Ole Miss, where he recruited Eli Manning, son of Ole Miss player Archie Manning, to play quarterback.
  • 1993
    Age 38
    Cutcliffe was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details As coordinator, Cutcliffe helped lead the Vols to two Southeastern Conference championships and a national championship. He also helped groom Heath Shuler and future Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning, serving as their position coach.
  • 1990
    Age 35
    By 1990, Cutcliffe was coaching the position he is now well known for, quarterback.
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  • 1982
    Age 27
    In 1982, he was hired as a part-time coach at the University of Tennessee.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, he was promoted to full-time status as the tight ends and assistant offensive line coach.
  • 1976
    Age 21
    In 1976 he took a job at Banks High School where he served as an assistant and later as the head coach.
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  • 1954
    Born on September 16, 1954.
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