In the past week, Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe has affirmed his commitment to stay in Durham, despite rumors that he could be a top candidate for other jobs.
Now Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils have strengthened their bond even further, agreeing to an extension through June 30, 2019, according to a press release from the athletic department.
In his fifth season at Duke, Cutcliffe has taken the Blue Devils to their first bowl game since the 1994 campaign.
“Without question, we have already made great discernible progress since David’s arrival,” vice president and associate director of athletics Kevin White said in the statement. “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.”
Terms of the extension were not disclosed. Cutcliffe is now 58 years old.
“This business is about people, and Karen and I could not be happier with the people we’ve associated ourselves with here at Duke,” Cutcliffe said in the statement. “President Brodhead and Kevin White are the best of the best, and we are grateful for their support as we continue to build Duke’s football program. We’ve accomplished some of the goals we laid out five years ago, but are nowhere close to where we want to be.”