The Duke football program has reached an agreement with head coach David Cutcliffe that will keep him on the sideline for the long-term.
The Blue Devils successfully locked up their third-winningest coach in school history through the 2021 season. In a statement released by university Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White, the extension was confirmed.
“Simply put, Duke University is terribly honored and very proud to have one of the truly pinnacle football coaches in the country leading the Blue Devil program into the next decade,” White said.
Cutcliffe has been the head coach at Duke for the past nine years, and is slowly building the program back to respectability.
After taking over a team that managed to win only four games in the preceding four years, Cutcliffe immediately won four games in his first season. By the 2012 season, he had the Blue Devils in their first bowl game in 18 years.
The Blue Devils regressed slightly last year, finishing 4-8 only one season after winning eight games and their first bowl game since 1960.
Optimisim remains high, though, and this contract extension is the ultimate vote of confidence for a coach who has led one of the most stark turnarounds of any program in the country.