DURHAM- Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King the school and head football coach announced on Sunday David Cutcliffe reached a mutual separation agreement.
“After some detailed and kind discussions with Nina King, we mutually decided it was the right time to change the direction of Duke Football,” Cutcliffe said. “Karen and I loved our time at Durham. Duke University will always hold a special place in our hearts. To our current and former players, know how much joy you have brought into our lives. To all of our coaches and staff, many of whom have been with us for 14 years, you will always have our love and respect. I want to thank Dick Brodhead for giving me the opportunity to come here. I am very grateful to Kevin White and Nina and their leadership. I can’t say enough about all the alumni and loyal friends who gave us the opportunity to build and win here. I don’t know what the future will look like yet, but I’m looking forward to some family time to reflect on the past a bit and see what the future holds.”
“We are extremely grateful for David’s leadership over the past 14 seasons,” King said. “He has elevated our program to unprecedented heights, both on and off the court, while upholding the University’s core values and we couldn’t be more grateful for his mentorship of every student-athlete who has played. for Duke during his tenure. David and Karen have been tremendous ambassadors for Duke University and the Durham community and we wish them and their families all the best for the future.”
Cutcliffe was named Duke’s head coach on December 15, 2007, and took over a Blue Devil program that had won just eight games overall in the previous five years. A two-time ACC Coach of the Year and 2013 National Coach of the Year, Cutcliffe led Duke to 77 wins in 14 seasons with six bowl game appearances, three bowl wins and the division championship. Coastal ACC in 2013.
The Cutcliffe era at Duke included the program’s first win since 1961, a pair of NFL first-round picks in Laken Tomlinson (2014) and Daniel Jones (2019), an eight-game winning streak in 2013 to mark Duke’s longest since 1941, and the final national ranking in 2013 (22nd per USA today/Coaches and 23rd by Associated press) to mark Duke’s first appearance in a final poll since 1962.
Cutcliffe came to Duke after serving the previous two seasons as an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee. His head coaching experience includes a six-year stint at the University of Mississippi from 1999-2004 where he compiled a 44-29 (.603) record with five winning seasons, five bowl game appearances and a share of the SEC West Division Championship in 2003. Cutcliffe was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2003 after leading the Rebels to a 10-3 record, including a 31-28 win over Oklahoma State at the Cotton Bowl.
During his career Cutcliffe bowled in 28 games including the 1982 Peach, 1983 Florida Citrus, 1984 Sun, 1986 Sugar, 1986 Liberty, 1988 Peach, 1990 Cotton, 1991 Sugar, 1992 Fiesta, 1993 Hall of Fame, 1994 Florida Citrus, 1994 Gator, 1996 Florida Citrus, 1997 Florida Citrus, 1998 Orange, 1998 Independence, 1999 Independence, 2000 Music City, 2002 Independence, 2004 Cotton, 2007 Outback, 2008 Outback, 2012 Belk, 2013 Chick-fil-A, 2014 Hyundai Sun, 2015 New Era Pinstripe, 2017 Quick Lane and 2018 Walk-On’s Independence. He boasts a 7-4 record as a head coach in bowl tilts with wins over Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Temple.
Cavalier Taylor, associate head coach at Duke and a staff member since 2019, will serve as interim head coach.
A national search for a head coach will begin immediately.