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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
David Cutcliffe gets new Duke deal

By Andrea Adelson
ESPN.com

Duke coach David Cutcliffe has agreed to a contract extension through June 2019, the school announced Wednesday.

Cutcliffe just led the Blue Devils to bowl eligibility for the first time since the 1994 season. His name had been floating through the coaching carousel in recent weeks, and some had speculated he could be a candidate at Tennessee.

But Cutcliffe has reiterated his commitment to Duke and has now re-signed for the long term.

"Without question, we have already made great discernible progress since David's arrival," Duke athletic director Kevin White said in a statement.  "However, as we assess our future -- based on prospect evaluations, ongoing recruitment activity and player development -- we are extremely excited, if not euphoric!  To be sure, 'Coach Cut' represents just a great fit at Duke.  David and the staff have done an exemplary job of leading the program, while subscribing to the highest intuitional ideals, both academically and athletically."

Cutcliffe, who is in his fifth season at Duke, has led the Blue Devils to a 6-5 record -- including a 5-1 mark at home. His team has been the most pleasant surprise in the ACC this season.

"This business is about people, and Karen and I could not be happier with the people we've associated ourselves with here at Duke," Cutcliffe said in a statement.  "President (Richard) Brodhead and Kevin White are the best of the best, and we are grateful for their support as we continue to build Duke's football program.  We've accomplished some of the goals we laid out five years ago, but are nowhere close to where we want to be."

During his time at Duke, Cutcliffe has guided his teams to 21 wins -- 11 more than the program's total in the previous eight years.