The Duke Blue Devils football program has recently been experiencing levels of success which have never been seen before in Durham, unless the university’s grid iron gladiators basked in the achievement of that the school’s hardwood heroes have had. This success coincides with the arrival of head coach David Cutcliffe to the program in 2008, as the Blue Devils have amassed a 21-38 record in five seasons which may not seem like much but at Duke, in the sport of football its astronomical progress.
On Wednesday, the university announced that they had reached an agreement with Cutcliffe on a new contract extension that will keep the head coach on the sidelines at Duke through June 2019.
Cutcliffe led the Blue Devils to a 6-5 record this season so far, a win versus their rivals North Carolina for the first time since 2003 and bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994. This move is a strong attempt by the Duke athletic department to ensure that Cutcliffe would stay put and not be enticed by the recent opening at Tennessee where he spent 19 seasons in various assistant coaching possessions including offensive coordinator.
Duke athletic director released the following statement after the news first broke about Cutcliffe agreeing to the extension, “Without question, we have already made great discernible progress since David’s arrival. However, as we assess our future — based on prospect evaluations, ongoing recruitment activity and player development — we are extremely excited, if not euphoric! To be sure, ‘Coach Cut’ represents just a great fit at Duke. David and the staff have done an exemplary job of leading the program, while subscribing to the highest intuitional ideals, both academically and athletically.”
The Blue Devils will close out the regular season with a home game versus the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday before awaiting to see which bowl game they receive an invitation from for their postseason.