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Monday, December 28, 2009
Duke names defensive coordinator

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Duke has promoted Marion Hobby to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (formerly defensive coordinator/defensive line) and hired former Cornell coach Jim Knowles as defensive coordinator/safeties, the school announced Monday.

Coach David Cutcliffe also promoted Jim Collins to assistant defensive coordinator/linebackers (formerly assistant coach/linebackers).

Knowles was the head coach at Cornell for the past six seasons and a member of Cutcliffe's staff at Ole Miss in 2003,

"We are thrilled to have Coach Knowles rejoin our staff," Cutcliffe said in a prepared statement. "Jim played a big role in the success of our 2003 team at Ole Miss, so I know what we're getting in terms of his personality, work ethic and football knowledge. His understanding of defensive football is at the head of the class and our players will enjoy playing under his leadership. His experience as a head coach certainly will pay dividends within our program, and on top of his coaching abilities, we know he'll be a great fit on our staff because we're so familiar with each other."

“In our profession, it’s about the people,” Knowles said. “Coach Cutcliffe is one of the most respected coaches in our profession. I’ve worked for him in the past and he’s a fantastic head coach to work for. Coach Cut is an amazing family guy who treats the entire staff with great respect. Cornell will always have a special place in my heart. But there is a time and a place for everything, and I felt like I was ready for a new challenge.”