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Caulton Tudor

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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  • heelgrad1978 Nov 18, 10:38 a.m.

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

  • S.HOLMES Nov 18, 10:51 a.m.

    WAS IT REALLY AN UPSET.

  • lec02572 Nov 18, 11:04 a.m.

    I feel regardless of what happens in the final two games for Duke that Coach Cutcliffe is the ACC Coach of the Year and possibly National Coach of the Year. He has done an awesome job recruiting, teaching, motivating and coaching players. A+

  • abcersimback Nov 18, 11:06 a.m.

    WAS IT REALLY AN UPSET.

    — Posted by S.HOLMES

    not really. after fsu pounded them, they knew their season was over.

  • zonk Nov 18, 11:24 a.m.

    He should be coach of the decade

  • 7074Tarheel Nov 18, 11:53 a.m.

    Won't be long, the school in Durham will be known as a "FOOTBALL SCHOOL" and K will be in the shadows....LOL

  • DEVILS1 Nov 18, 12:10 p.m.

    KEEP IT GOING...BEAT WAKE!

    GO DEVILS!

  • bmac813 Nov 18, 12:30 p.m.

    Great Coaching Job. keep it Up.

  • dsalter Nov 18, 12:34 p.m.

    Big time football schools needing a coach will come calling.

  • bmac813 Nov 18, 12:35 p.m.

    Go to UNC. he wants to Coach College kids , Not Criminals.
    If Roy lets those Two Play than he has no Bolls. I don't mean Basketballs.

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