Duke’s Cutcliffe Repeats As ACC Coach Of The Year


Sixth year has featured 10-win season, Coastal Division title

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke’s David Cutcliffe, who has guided the Blue Devils to the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division championship and the first 10-win season in school history, has been named the 2013 ACC Football Coach of the Year in a vote of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Cutcliffe was the choice of 62 of the 65 ACSMA members casting ballots. Boston College first-year coach Steve Addazio received two votes, and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher received the other.

It is the second consecutive ACC Coach of the Year award for Cutcliffe, who was also recognized in 2012. The honor is the eighth for a Duke head coach, and it marks the first time the Blue Devils have had a back-to-back ACC Coach of the Year recipient since Steve Spurrier was named in 1988 and 1989.

“(I’m) very appreciative of our staff and all of the support people that surround Duke football,” said Cutcliffe, whose team faces top-ranked and unbeaten Florida State in Saturday night’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game at Charlotte, N.C.’s Bank of America Stadium. “It’s the best group of people, including the entire Duke football family – best group of people I’ve been around.”

In addition to a 10-2 overall record for the regular season, Cutcliffe led the Blue Devils to a 6-2 mark in league play and Duke’s first berth in the ACC Championship Game since the league went to division play in 2005. When the Blue Devils face Florida State on Saturday night, they will be bidding for their first ACC title since sharing the 1989 championship with Virginia, and their first outright title since winning three straight from 1960 through 1962.

The Blue Devils will make an appearance in a bowl game in two straight seasons for the first time in school history. Duke closed out the regular season with eight straight wins, tied for the fourth-longest win streak in school history.  The Blue Devils finished with a perfect 5-0 mark on the road, their first time since 1962 without a road loss. Duke set yet another school record with four fourth-quarter victories this season (winning after being tied or behind in the final period).

The Blue Devils’ 10 wins in 2013 are  as many victories as the program had for the 2000 through 2007 seasons combined,  prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival in 2008. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Cutcliffe has guided his teams to 31 total wins in six years at Duke and owns a 75-71 overall record in 12 seasons as a college head coach.