Cutcliffe passes on UT

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 3:51pm

It appears that the University of Tennessee can't even turn to an old friend to help the school replace Lane Kiffin, as Duke football coach David Cutcliffe has announced he is staying at Duke, according to a statement Friday.

Amid reports that he was a candidate for the opening at UT, Cutcliffe said Friday he would remain with the Blue Devils because "Duke is the place for our family."

Cutcliffe was on Phil Fulmer's Tennessee coaching staff from 1982-1998 and from 2006-07.   In a statement issued through Duke, Cutcliffe acknowledged his ties to Tennessee but said he will stay put for now.

He is 9-15 in two seasons at Duke, which won a combined eight games in the five years before he arrived. reported on Thursday that Cutcliffe would be the emerging candidate after two other coaches turned down offers to come to Knoxville.

University of Texas assistant coach Will Muschamp decided to stay put with the Longhorns. The Air Force Academy website also said that Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, had decided to stay put at the service academy.

“We are more than grateful and proud to be closely involved with the character building of our cadets and the mission of the United States Air Force Academy. We are diligently recruiting and working with our team to prepare for the upcoming season. We look forward to coaching and being a part of the Air Force Academy team both on and off the field in 2010,” Calhoun said in a statement posted at the official athletics website for Air Force sports.

Cutcliffe, 55, coached Peyton Manning as offensive coordinator at Tennessee and coached his brother Eli Manning while serving as head coach at Ole Miss. He is currently 9-15 in two seasons as the Blue Devils head coach. Cutcliffe was 44-29 during his tenure at Mississippi.

According to various reports, UT athletics director Mike Hamilton had hoped to have a new coach in place by this weekend to replace Kiffin, who departed abruptly on Tuesday night to take the head coaching vacancy at Southern California.

Tennessee interim head coach Kippy Brown is also a candidate for the permanent position.


11 Comments on this post:

By: frank brown on 1/15/10 at 7:51

Phil Fulmer said it best. "This is a very painful and embarrassing moment for the University of Tennessee."

It is almost impossible to believe that the male athletic program has gotten so thug infested that no one of repute is interested in the job.

By: Anna3 on 1/15/10 at 8:15

Vol fans were laughing at Memphis when Calipari bolted for Kentucky and stole the Memphis recruiting Class. UK will forever be known as the Univ. of Memphis - Lexington in some circles....and even if they win it is tainted because they had to completely buy another schools program which based on the Memphis recruiting class will probably come back to bite UK on its Big Blue A$$. Now that the shoe is on the other foot at UT... its not so it? Perhaps now... these institutions will bring back some control to things by requiring coaches to "Sit it out" a year for "Tampering" with committed athletes....and require the benefitting institution to compensate the "Damaged" institution for the loss of resources used to recruit these athletes lost in such "Transactions." What Kiffin did to UT is NO DIFFERENT than what Calipari did to Memphis.... except UT is much more embarrassed because its their "Flagship" Program (Football) and they were so obnoxious when making fun of Memphis' plight. You know what they say...what goes around.... Memphis fans find no joy in UT's loss...just a sort of con"vol"uted justice in it all. If this can happen to Tennessee...then it can happen to everyone. Let's get the NCAA to fix this now.

By: jwk6179 on 1/15/10 at 9:00

frank brown Said: " It is almost impossible to believe that the male athletic program has gotten so thug infested that no one of repute is interested in the job."

IIRC, VANDERBILT was interested and heavily recruited one of those "SO-CALLED THUGS" by the name of Tyler Smith. If Vanderbilt had landed him, would you have considered Vandy program as "THUG INFESTED"?

By: TITAN1 on 1/15/10 at 10:01

jw has a point, frank. You are throwing rocks from a glass house.

By: bugmenot on 1/15/10 at 10:21

I hear that Conan O'Brien is looking for work.

By: frank brown on 1/15/10 at 10:32

I can assure you that Tyler Smith was not recruited by Vanderbilt University.

They may have asked if he was interested and then looked at his grades and attitudes and never said another word.

I am not defending Vanderbilt. I am defending reason and logic.

By: TITAN1 on 1/15/10 at 11:06

I'm not sure if Vandy actively recruited Tyler, but I know a lot of us Vandy fans were hoping he could play for Vandy.

By: Jughead on 1/15/10 at 2:40

It's just sad that the Vols have sunk so low that even second tier coaches say "no way."

Pathetic and undiginified.

By: govskeptic on 1/15/10 at 5:51

The Vols haven't sunk at all. The fact they hired a "Hollywood Dreamer" was a
mistake, that was partly because he was bringing Dad along. Stupidity sunk
Tyler Smith not the Vols. They immediately beat # 1 Kansas without him as
well as making Auburn look like a high school team. All will be fine "On
Rocky Top".

By: wolfy on 1/15/10 at 9:22

We can sugar coat it all we want.--Much like everyone did when LK started running his yap and the legions were quick to chock it up as some premeditated agenda to get the Vols back into the Limelight. It was a mistake then, and its a mistake now. UT has the tradition that they shouldn't have to settle for a first time head coach......With a losing record no less. I understand that 5 coaches turned them down but couldn't they hire someone that at least boasts more wins than loses!? They fired the winningest coach in their history and this is what we got? Call it what you want but it's a desperation hire by a desperate man. And he'll be gone soon enough. Well theres always women's basketball I guess.

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