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Cutcliffe stalking coaching honors near and far

Posted November 18, 2013

David Cutcliffe, Duke, A: The 48-30 win Saturday over Miami was remarkable in that the Blue Devils did it primarily with their ground game rather than passing.

Running back Josh Snead, a red-shirt junior from Smithfield-Selma High, delivered one of the most impressive offensive performances (138 yards on only nine carries) in program history.

Connette, Duke upset No. 24 Miami, 48-30

With road games against longtime rivals Wake Forest and UNC, there’s still a chance this incredible season could end on a slight downer. But for now, and until something happens to change the situation, Cutcliffe has to be the front runner for ACC and national coach of the year awards.

Previous grades: Four As, three Bs, one C, one D.


Larry Fedora, UNC, A: A 34-27 win at Pitt amounted to be a bewildering seesaw ride but thanks to the uncanny running ability of freshman Ryan Switzer, the Tar Heels were able to extend their win streak to four with Old Dominion (8-3) on deck this week. Getting win No. 6 may not be as easy as some fans might think. Two of the Monarchs losses were at ECU (52-38) and Pitt (35-24).

North Carolina edges Pitt 34-27 behind Switzer

Fedora and his coaches might want to show their players game films from the basketball team’s loss to Belmont Sunday in the Smith Center.

Switzer, only 5-10 and 175 from Charleston, W.V., was generally deemed to be a 3-star prospect at George Washington High – just the latest example of the inexact nature of football recruit ratings. He’s more or less saved the UNC season with his punt returns and explosion plays.

Previous grades: Three As, one B, one C, four Ds.


Dave Doeren, NCSU, D: It’s been one certified nightmare after another but at least the Wolfpack will be home Saturday for a “Super Bowl” opportunity against ECU (12:30 p.m., WRAL TV).

The 38-21 loss at Boston College was doubly disappointing in that the State defense, which had been holding up reasonably well, finally caved against an onslaught by Eagle running machine Andre Williams.

Boston College beats NC State 38-21, bowl-eligible

The Pirates (8-2) don’t have a runner with Williams’ size, quickness and durability, even so Shane Carden will test the Pack secondary.

Barring something really shocking, Doeren won’t have any trouble generating player enthusiasm. That could be a problem in the Nov. 30 finale against Maryland but certainly not against the Pirates.

Previous grades: Three Bs, one C, five Ds.


Ruffin McNeill, ECU, A: They’re not getting much attention nationally, but in truth the Pirates are no more than two or three plays away from being 10-0.

There was the 3-overtime Oct. 12 loss at Tulane when a 42-yard field goal attempt just missed at the end of regulation. And a 15-10 loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 14 in Greenville would probably have been a 17-15 win if a sure pick-6 pass by Logan Thomas had not been dropped by a Pirate defender.

East Carolina overwhelms UAB 63-14

That said, McNeill and his staff still may have to overachieve to finish with wins at State this week and at Marshall on Friday, Nov. 29 (Noon, CBS-SN) in the Conference USA East title game.

Previous grades: Four As, three Bs, one C, one D.

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Nov 20, 7:48 a.m.

    Big time football schools needing a coach will come calling.

    — Posted by dsalter

    Tennessee already did if I recall.

    — Posted by KTs on patrol

    To be honest, I have heard that he would've taken it if Tennessee had offered to buy out their... View More

    — Posted by 903 Hook em banned

    Do you really think Cut would have left Duke if Tennessee allowed him to bring his assistants? I remember hearing that was a requirement, but I thought Cut stayed at Duke because he committed to Duke. Maybe he stayed for both reasons?

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Nov 20, 7:46 a.m.

    Duke has the financial resources to keep him there if they want to. My guess is that they are... View More

    — Posted by DurhamDevil

    Agreed DD, and I don't see Cut going anywhere either. He's building a program at Duke, and his hard work is paying off. I see him at Duke until he retires.

  • mojbridingrb Nov 19, 3:53 p.m.

    Wow everyone is so luck to have Tudors insightful knowledge and perspective to point out what a fine job Cutcliffe is doing and how he is being recognized for it. Of course without Tudurs astute opinion that recognition would never be realized by any but a very small few. What a hack reporter that schmuck is!

  • 903 Hook em banned Nov 18, 8:05 p.m.

    Coachh Cut, please come to UNC and clean this place up!!!

    — Posted by heelgrad1978

    We're very happy with the coach we have and the record we have against dook.

    — Posted by NCheatStateU

    Your coach is a used car salesman and his lack of class matches your posts on here.

    — Posted by Deacons

    why so angry? you held fsu under 60. i guess dook is the feel good story of the yr like wf was a... View More

    — Posted by abcersimback

    it turned out with wake having a clean program as well as the only acc championship in the state since duke's last one... two more things unc can't claim...

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Nov 18, 6:23 p.m.

    Congrats to Coach Cutcliffe for daring to win at Duke, thereby taking some of the attention away from that nice, affable guy running the basketball program.

    Some people want to talk about PJ Hairston in an article about Duke Football. Well, keep in mind the Durham police file (well, I'm sure it's been destroyed) on JJ Reddick alone would make you change your mind about my former boss.
    That is all for now.

  • wjuliang Nov 18, 6:15 p.m.

    Cut's not going anywhere. He may talk to AB if Saban leaves just because he went to school there but won't take it. Health and that is a pressure cooker down there.

  • NCheatStateU Nov 18, 5:34 p.m.

    Kind of impressive that no matter what the story, Carolina gets dragged in the conversation. Their hate for Carolina more important that their love for their teams.

  • NCheatStateU Nov 18, 5:31 p.m.

    Duke is winning with class athletes, real students. Great job!!! Coach Cutcliffe is a class... View More

    — Posted by Deacons

    Are you stewpid enough to believe that?

  • abcersimback Nov 18, 5:30 p.m.

    Coachh Cut, please come to UNC and clean this place up!!!

    — Posted by heelgrad1978

    We're very happy with the coach we have and the record we have against dook.

    — Posted by NCheatStateU

    Your coach is a used car salesman and his lack of class matches your posts on here.

    — Posted by Deacons

    Do you think Wake's losing streak will continue this week?

    — Posted by NCheatStateU

    he's probably caught between a rock and hardspot on who to pull for this wkend.

  • NCheatStateU Nov 18, 5:29 p.m.

    Coachh Cut, please come to UNC and clean this place up!!!

    — Posted by heelgrad1978

    We're very happy with the coach we have and the record we have against dook.

    — Posted by NCheatStateU

    Your coach is a used car salesman and his lack of class matches your posts on here.

    — Posted by Deacons

    Do you think Wake's losing streak will continue this week?

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