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Duke football players, past and present, react to David Cutcliffe's departure

Cutcliffe, pictured here with Cody Robinson, a senior on the 2012 roster, had a 14-season tenure which included a stretch of six bowl games in seven years, including the 2012 Belk Bowl, the program's first since 1995.
Cutcliffe, pictured here with Cody Robinson, a senior on the 2012 roster, had a 14-season tenure which included a stretch of six bowl games in seven years, including the 2012 Belk Bowl, the program's first since 1995.

After 14 seasons at the helm of Duke football, David Cutcliffe's career with the Blue Devils has come to a close.

Duke athletic director Nina King announced the program's decision to part ways with the longtime head coach in a press release Sunday afternoon, with Cutcliffe acknowledging as part of the release that the time has come for "a change in the leadership of Duke Football." Following an eventful tenure that saw Cutcliffe lead Duke from college football obscurity to a dominant stretch that featured six bowl games in seven years, there's no doubt that whoever fills the vacant position will shoulder significant expectations.

Cutcliffe may have elevated Duke football to new heights since his hiring in 2007, but perhaps his most profound impact on the program throughout the years has been on the players who have called him their head coach. Those players, past and present, took to social media Sunday afternoon and evening to praise and commend Cutcliffe on his career in Durham, sending off Duke's most decorated coach with a touch of gratitude.




















Jonathan Levitan | Sports Editor

Jonathan Levitan is a Trinity junior and sports editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.

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