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.