Following a year in which he led the Duke Blue Devils to their first bowl-eligible season in eighteen years and took another large step in the rebuilding process of the football program, head coach David Cutcliffe has been named the ACC Coach of the Year.
This is a huge and well-deserved honor for Cutcliffe, as I’m not even sure Duke University owned an actual football when he took over the program from Ted Roof. His work still isn’t done, as I’m sure he has bigger ambitions than a 6-6 season, but the fact that he has turned this Duke program into such a respected and competitive one as fast and as well as he did is downright spectacular.
Under Cutcliffe, Duke’s offense has blossomed, leading to them being ranked 33rd in the nation in passing and averaging over thirty points a game. Injuries and inconsistencies on defense led to the team failing to realize their full potential.
Cutcliffe has the opportunity to add onto his already impressive resume this year by securing Duke’s first winning season since 1994 and their first bowl win since 1961 with a victory in their bowl game (CBSSports.com predicts they’ll play in the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati).
Congrats, Coach Cutcliffe, you deserve it.