According to Nashville sports columnist Joe Biddle, the Tennessee Volunteers would be wise to make a run at bringing current Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe back to resurrect the program.
Here’s an except of Biddle’s piece:
“You go to Duke and hire David Cutcliffe as the next Tennessee football coach. Cut is one of the more popular and productive assistant coaches Tennessee has had.
He is 6-2 in his fifth season at Duke with remaining games at Florida State and at home against Georgia Tech and Miami.
Duke is bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. The Blue Devils just beat North Carolina for the first time since 2003.
In 2010, Duke averaged 381.3 yards a game on offense, the highest number since 1989. In his second year, his 5-7 record represented the most wins since 1994. His 15 victories in his first four years are five more than the program’s total in the previous eight seasons combined.
Not many college coaches can claim they coached brothers Peyton and Eli Manning. The two Super Bowl MVP’s played for Coach Cut at Tennessee and Ole Miss.
What he has done at Duke is remarkable. Safe to say, if you can win at Duke, you can win anywhere.
Cutcliffe was at Tennessee from 1982-98 when the Vols won five SEC championships and a national championship. Those teams went to 16 bowl games in 17 years and he tutored quarterbacks Andy Kelly, Heath Shuler and Tee Martin in addition to Manning.”
As you would imagine, the column found it’s way back to Cutcliffe in the former of a question about his loyalty to Duke. As always, the Duke head coach remained steadfast in his stance that he will remain a Blue Devil.
“I’m not focused on any other job, you know that, other than this one,” he told Heather Dinch of ESPN.. “We’re in a great run. I’m in a great place. The most important thing to me is the people. I have such great admiration and friendships with our leadership here at Duke, from the president, the director of athletics, our entire program, our families, our staff is very, very happy here, so the only thing we’re thinking about is Duke University.”