Duke football is starting to fill up the dusty trophy case. Head football coach David Cutliffe was named the winner of the Neyland Award, a prestigious honor that is presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club each season. The award is presented to a influential contributor to college athletics. The award is named after former University of Tennessee head coach R.R. Neyland, who made a lasting impression on Tennessee’s football program. Neyland was at the helm for 21 seasons, leading the Volunteers to a 173-31-12 record, winning four national championships.
Last season, Cutcliffe coached the Blue Devils to a 10-4 record on the season, leading the team to the most-watched non BCS game(Chick-fil-A Bowl) during the post-season. The 10 win season was the first time in school history a team has surpassed nine wins. That occurred four separate times.
Tomorrow during the University of Tennessee’s Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Cutcliffe will be presented as the recipient of this year’s award. Cutcliffe is no stranger to Neyland Stadium, as he was on the University of Tennessee’s football staff from 1982- 1998, and 2006-2007. During his time on Rocky Top, he helped coach the Volunteers to a record of 173-54-8. During that span, Cutcliffe coached during 17 bowl games, with five SEC Championship teams, and to one national title in 1998.
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