The Chronicle was down this morning, so it took me a bit to find this quote..but it speaks volumes since it is not coming from a Duke supporter.
http://www.dukechronicle.com/article...ges-recruiting"Those days of Duke being a pushover... are long gone,” said Hurricanes linebacker Sean Spence at the time.
Not only have current ACC players seen the Blue Devils’ improvement under head coach David Cutcliffe, but recruits have taken notice of the progress made on the gridiron too. And now many prospects view the Duke program in a new light, allowing it to be on the same playing field as its conference foes in recruiting
As Duke fan and and Duke alum, I believe that everything Duke does should be as good as it possibly can be. Coach Cutcliffe has turned the football program in the direction of that happening - something that hadn't occurred in a fairly long while.
Our football program has made slow but steady progress on the field, but the culture surrounding it has improved exponentially under Cutcliffe. In my book, he's got an awful lot of slack in that rope before someone starts tugging on it.
Cut inherited a program that was pulseless. The progress on the field is to the point of leaving games somewhat angry after a loss, rather than either accepting defeat as the norm, or not going at all.
In Cut I Trust.
I always think back to Cut's comment when he first came to Duke about the conditioning of our team. Something to the effect that it was the softest, most out-of-shape team he had ever seen in D1. You look at where we have gone in that metric alone, and tell me we haven't progressed.
We are moving in the right direction, and in the right way. We also have a very tough schedule this year. So the boys better strap their helmets on and get ready to fight. Game On.
Eat Mor Jonny.
I'd say he's safe for the time being, but not "totally safe" in the intermediate term. I'd consider him to be on the warm seat.
Another three win season, and the seat will get distinctly warmer.
p.s. Cut certainly bears responsibility for Roper and his playcalling for what it's worth. That must improve if we expect our record to improve.
The only "hot seat" Cutcliffe is on are the black vinyl seats in his car when he leaves the top down.
I am hesitant to even reply to this thread and dignify the article with a response, as it is further proof that anyone with a pulse is now able to portray themself as an "expert" and get published on the internet. That being said...
Cutcliffe is far from the hot seat. The program has made remarkable progress, and continues to be on the way up. He is a class act and has brought a sense of hope that we haven't had since Fred Goldsmith's miracle in 1994. If, for some dumb reason, we were were to get rid of him, it would be incredibly difficult for us to find a replacement, as it would be final proof that it is impossible to win at Duke, and no one in their right mind would want to take on that challenge.
However, as much as I am supportive of Coach Cut, I do think there is much more room for improvement and I'm sure he realizes this. There continue to be too many dumb mistakes - much like the military academies structure their style of play around their core competencies, we allegedly have brighter players than most of our opponents - at least in the classroom, if not on the football field - so we need to cut down on the mental errors, both by coaches and players.
yeah, he's on the hot seat......by that i mean, NO he's DEFINITELY NOT on the hot seat...
bad thread....can we lock?
"Either we're going down, or they are....... Kirk out!"
Building a BCS conference program "from scratch" is one thing; building one from where Duke was when Cut inherited the reins is magnitudes more difficult.
Anyways, see you guys at the Devil Walk!
Here's how we should approach them:
Should Wins/Must Wins/Gotta Wins
Football Rivals (UNC + teams we've played very tough the past few years):
Middle of the Pack
Miami (though will be much improved this year)
If we win all of those first two categories, pick off one or both of the middle of the pack and play tough against the final 4, that's 7-8 wins. We probably should have won against VT last year and I know our boys will be out for revenge, but it will be tall orders to go to Palo Alto, Tallahassee and Blacksburg and pull out victories. Victories in those games could be viewed as program-defining.
Duke | Mirecourt | Detroit| The U | USA
Anyone on this board who thinks he has done a good job is completely biased. Take of the duke goggles, in 4 years at Duke he has 6 conference wins and the acc is a horrible football conference. His should be extremely hot.
We will probably drop 1 of the must-wins (most likely FIU, Mario Cristobal is a great coach and will be looking for revenge) and pick up a rivalry win (most likely Wake Forest, although they've won something like 11 straight against us). Wake is possibly the only team in the ACC that might have less talent than us. We've had success against UVA in the past, but their new coach has been bringing in some monster recruiting classes, and UNC really outclasses us talent-wise.
So Duke Football 2012 - most likely 3 wins, at most 6 if we're extremely lucky, and I'm hoping for 4. We really get screwed by not playing any of BC, MD, or NC State this year, and there is a decent chance we go winless in the ACC.
Eat Mor Jonny.
I think Coach Cutcliffe had much more to do than just win games since he arrived on campus. As has been discussed, improving Duke football is more than just winning games. Upgrades to the facilities and changes in attitudes of the players and fans need to happen as part of the process. This leads to better recruits.
I went to a lot of games when I was on campus - some in the rain, some where I wasn't sure I could find anyone to go with me, a lot of them losses as I recall. After graduation, I didn't see many games - living in Kansas limits the tv possibilities. I have watched more games in the years since Coach Cutcliffe came than in the way too many years to count between my graduation and his arrival. I have even flown back to Durham to attend a game and hope to fit one into my fall schedule this year. I think Coach Cut is making progress and will continue to do so. Didn't I just see that a highly ranked junior just committed to Duke? I think he will get the program back where it was long before my time at Duke. I don't think he is on the hot seat now and I fully expect the improvements to continue to happen so that he won't be on the hot seat in the near, and not so near, future.
I'm looking forward to the next football season.
Why would you permit this thread to even appear. Coach Cut is the best head coach Duke could ever hope to have running their program. He's ethical to a fault, knowledgable, a great teacher and has former (now multi-millionaire players) returning for council and futher instruction. Maybe whoever started this thread doesn't deserve a quality person like Cut running their program.