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Friday, January 15, 2010
Statement from Cutcliffe

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Duke coach David Cutcliffe released the following statement on his decision to withdraw his name from consideration for the Tennessee job:

“After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family,” Cutcliffe said. “We have both family members and lifetime friends in the Knoxville community and share a deep respect for the University of Tennessee. Our ties to the school and the Eastern Tennessee area are obvious. But before Tennessee’s hiring process comes to a conclusion, I know that Duke University is where we want to coach.

“I’ve said all along that what makes Duke so special is the people, and that is the truth. We’ve received tremendous support from President Brodhead, Kevin White and the rest of the school’s administration and are very grateful for their efforts. We have the best coaching staff in the country, and are convinced that we will continue to build a successful football program that both the Duke and Durham communities will be proud of.”

“We are extremely excited about the future of this program. From the players we have returning, to our work on the recruiting front to our facility projects, we know we’re headed in the right direction.”