Duke football head coach could soon depart after another blowout

Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe could soon be out in Durham. 

The David Cutcliffe era could be coming to an end in Durham as a report has surfaced on the future of the Duke football head coach.

Duke posted another clunker on Saturday at the hands of Virginia Tech, 48-17.

It was the sixth straight loss for the Blue Devils as the program has now dropped 11 consecutive ACC games.

Cutcliffe has seen his team outscored in conference play, 264-87.

The last Duke victory came back on September 25 against the Kansas Jayhawks.

However, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports says that David Cutcliffe could opt to retire at the end of the season as his seat becomes hotter as the struggles in Durham continue.

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“Cutcliffe, 67, is beloved and did great work rejuvenating Duke. But retirement looms as a possibility here, as there’s no resounding argument to keep him outside of sentimentality,” Thamel writes.

Newly appointed athletic director Nina King was already forced into finding a new men’s basketball coach as Mike Krzyzewski announced in the spring that this would be his final season in Durham as the Hall of Famer will retire in April.

The Blue Devils promoted from within as associate men’s basketball coach Jon Scheyer will take over the Blue Devils next season.

She could now be facing the same predicament with the football program.

This will be the third consecutive season that the Blue Devils will miss a bowl game, the longest streak under Cutcliffe since Duke missed four straight postseasons in the first four years under the head coach.

Duke football could be up against major Power-5 job openings

Naturally, the Duke football head coaching job is not one that will get much publicity, but it is a Power-5 head coaching gig.

One aspect that could hurt the Blue Devils when searching for a new coach is the plethora of other Power-5 coaching openings that have already become available.

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The LSU, USC, TCU, and Washington State head coaching jobs have already become available with more sure to come in the next few weeks.

It remains to be seen what David Cutcliffe will do, but it seems as if he and Duke are reaching the conclusion in their relationship.

Duke will play its next two games at home, Thursday night against Louisville (7:30pm EST, ESPN) and Saturday, November 27 against Miami (FL) (12:30pm EST, TBA).

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