Add another name to the growing list of coaches that have turned down the Tennessee head coaching job. David Cutcliffe informed the Tennessee administration that he wasn’t interested reportedly because of a disagreement on how his coaching staff would be assembled.
“After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family,” Cutcliffe said in a statement released by Duke on Friday. “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, (Athletic Director) 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.”
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the deal between Tennessee and Cutcliffe unraveled when they started discussing staffs. The Vols have six current staff members on campus, and the paper reports Cutcliffe would have been required to retain at least some of them.
It may be time to just give the job to Kippy Brown.
Cutcliffe will remain at Duke (Sporting News)
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