17 Facts About David Cutcliffe


The following season, David Cutcliffe led the team to a second straight bowl appearance, another win over North Carolina, an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship and the first 10-win season in school history.

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David Cutcliffe earned multiple college football coach of the year awards from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Maxwell Football Club, and the Bobby Dodd Foundation.

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David Cutcliffe was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, which played a formative role in his development as a football coach.

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David Cutcliffe attended Banks High School in Birmingham where he played football.

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David Cutcliffe attended the University of Alabama, where he worked as an assistant director of the athletic dormitory.

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In 1976, David Cutcliffe took a job at Banks High School where he served as an assistant and later as the head coach.

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David Cutcliffe had success at Ole Miss, where he recruited Eli Manning, son of Ole Miss player Archie Manning, to play quarterback.

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In 2003, David Cutcliffe's Rebels tied LSU for the Southeastern Conference West Division title, and they won the Cotton Bowl Classic, the Rebels' most prestigious bowl game since the Johnny Vaught era.

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David Cutcliffe was fired by Ole Miss Athletic Director Pete Boone in December 2004 after his only losing season at Ole Miss.

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David Cutcliffe refused to fire any staff members, and was fired along with his assistants.

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David Cutcliffe led a major turnaround of the Tennessee offense during the 2006 season.

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David Cutcliffe inherited a program that had tallied only three winning seasons in the last 25 years and, before the 2008 season, had not beaten an ACC opponent in over three seasons.

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In January 2010, following Lane Kiffin's abrupt departure after just one season at the helm of the Tennessee football team, David Cutcliffe quickly emerged as a leading candidate to replace Kiffin.

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David Cutcliffe ultimately rebuffed Tennessee's overtures, remaining at Duke and stating, “After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family.

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David Cutcliffe is third on Duke's all-time wins list, behind only Hall of Famers Wallace Wade and Bill Murray.

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Eight quarterbacks whom David Cutcliffe coached in college have gone on to play in the NFL: Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, Eli Manning, Erik Ainge, Thaddeus Lewis, Sean Renfree, and Daniel Jones.

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David Cutcliffe coached former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton while Helton played quarterback at Tennessee.

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