Duke agrees to 'mutual separation' with longtime coach David Cutcliffe
Duke is parting ways with coach David Cutcliffe after 14 seasons, the program announced on Sunday afternoon.
The Blue Devils went 0-8 in the ACC this season and failed to make a bowl game for the third consecutive season.
Still, Cutcliffe oversaw what was arguably the most successful era of Duke football in program history. He guided the program to 6 bowl games and a 10-win season in 2013.
“After some detailed and amiable discussions with Nina King, we’ve mutually decided that it is the right time for change in the leadership of Duke Football,” Cutcliffe said in a press release. “Karen and I have loved our time in Durham. Duke University will always hold a special place in our hearts. To our current and former players please know how much joy you’ve brought to our lives. To all of our coaches and staff, many who have been with us for 14 years, you will always have our love and respect. I want to thank Dick Brodhead for the opportunity to come here. I’m very thankful for Kevin White and Nina and their leadership. I can’t say enough about all the faithful alumni and friends that gave us an opportunity to build and win here. I’m not sure just yet what the future will look like, but I am looking forward to some family time to reflect a bit on the past and see what the future holds.”
There haven’t been any names officially linked to the Duke job yet, but the Blue Devils could look to bring back former defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. He’s currently running the defense at Oklahoma State and has the Cowboys in position to reach the College Football Playoff.
Cutcliffe ends his Duke career with a record of 77-97.