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Cutcliffe remains committed to Duke

Posted November 20, 2012

Tennessee was interested in Duke football coach David Cutcliffe back in 2010. They wound up with Derrick Dooley instead. Tennessee is once again searching for a coach and again Cutcliffe's name has surfaced.

"It's exciting for me," junior Ross Cockrell said about the interest in his coach. "At least I know we have a good coach because other people want him." 

To calm the waters, Cutcliffe met with his team on Sunday to directly relay his commitment to Duke. 

"I'm Duke's coach, going to be Duke's coach and 100% telling you that I have no intentions or will not go anywhere, period," Cutcliffe told his team. "It's put to rest."

Cockrell felt the sincerity of the message.

"He assured us that he is staying here," said Cockrell. "He enjoys the program and is proud of what we are doing." 

There's something to be said about finding the right fit and it seems that both Cutcliffe and Duke have done that.

"I feel strongly about this program and about the people," Cutcliffe said in his message to the team. "I feel very strongly about the future of this program. I feel strongly about the players, the administrators, the staff, the coaches. I wanted that very clear in that room at that moment." 

To punctuate his answer about staying at Duke, Cutcliffe spoke to his team about being committed to something. "In this era of the word decommit just really means you've never been committed. I don't care much for that word."

He used Sunday's team meeting as a teaching point. "I had a great opportunity to make a point to a bunch of young people that need to learn more and more in their lives what commitment means because they don't see enough of that." 

Point well made.

 

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  • twodogsandus Nov 21, 2012

    I MET COACH CUT WHEN HE CAME TO WILSON ONCE, AFTER TALKING TO HIM I TAKE HIM TO BE A NO NOSENSE DOWN TO EARTH MAN. HE HAS DUKE DOING THINGS THAT THEY DIDN'T DO BEFORE HE CAME. THEY DON'T GIVE UP, THEY HOLD THEY HEADS HIGH. HE IS BUILDING A PROGRAM THAT CAN COMPETE. GO DUKE++++++++++++

  • Baba Booey Nov 21, 2012

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    Duke fans don't go "all ugly" on their coaches because the expectations for Duke football are lower than at State and UNC. Just making a bowl game is like winning a national championship at Duke.

    Coach Cutliffe is changing those expectations.

    Coach Cut is the complete opposite of the likes of Urban Liar, Lame Kiffen, or Nick Satan who have all sworn allegiance to a school... right before walking out the door.

  • StunGunn Nov 21, 2012

    Coach Cut is a man with tremendous integrity and someone who will live up to his word. I'm a Heels fan, but I think the world of Coach Cut, if only there were more coaches like him. He's a father figure and a role model who demands - and lives - excellence on and off the field.

  • BenFranklin Nov 21, 2012

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    Good points. Duke's program has been in such a moribund state for 20 years, 5 wins per might get Cut's statue erected outside WW Stadium. I believe we now have three football coaches with high degrees of integrity in the Triangle, wins and losses aside.

  • cmmsbft Nov 20, 2012

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    ...Is that Ward's wife Eddie?

  • still heelman1973 Nov 20, 2012

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    I agree. He seems like a good man. He's done a good job and he's got it made where he is. Four to five wins a year will get you lifetime security at dook. He seems happy in Durham and since he doesn't actually have to live there (I hear), he has no need to jump into that rat's nest in Knoxville.

  • asjdiw Nov 20, 2012

    One has to be committed before coaching at Duke.

    As much as I like Cut and like to root for my alma mater, to paraphrase Fox "news", June Cleaver's ACC is a thing of the past and I ain't so sure I care about what's left.

  • DUKE4EVER Nov 20, 2012

    Good for DUKE fans.

    We win 6 this year, 7 or 8 next year.

    We can compete with everyone in the conference (save FSU and CU).

    Glad to see Cut stay in town.

    GO DUKE!!

  • ncstateforever Nov 20, 2012

    In a sense it's still about the money. Coach Cuttcliffe is making a dam good salary. He's not under any pressure to win. He can pick up 5 or 6 wins a season and everyone at Duke will be happy. He's comfortable living here in N.C. Actually, he's probably got the best coaching job in the NCAA. Why would he want to leave where he under pressure to win 9 or 10 games a year, worry about losing his job, and maybe looking to find another job in a few years. Not to mention that Cutcliffe is getting older and when you get older stabilty is very important.

  • FE Nov 20, 2012

    Sometimes it's NOT all about the money.

    I admire David Cutcliffe as a coach but more importantly as a leader with integrity and strong moral character.

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