Usually a lot of B'ball chatter here, but with the woes of the football team eyes are looking elsewhere. A friend who played at UK says they have the worst facilities in the SEC. Put money here not take Coach Cut.
If the WWWildcats made the same offer to Cutcliffe that was made to John Wall, Cutcliffe may reconsider.
Otherwise, agreed with the above. Cutcliffe will retire a Blue Devil, and we'll both be all the better for it.
But now, facilities have been improved exponentially, a stadium upgrade is on the way, and there's a good chance of a bowl this year. I think you could make the argument that a job is done (maybe not "the" job, but an impressive job nonetheless) and who knows, maybe if a job at an SEC school pops up again in a year or two, he will entertain it.
Premature, much? First, premature for Kentucky to be talking, because we've only played five games. Our season is far from over and while we can see success down the road, we haven't achieved it yet. So the KY people do not yet even have a season on which start the speculation.
Second, if it's premature for the KY folks to begin their speculation, it's darn sure premature for us to get into 'worry' mode, no matter what the (low) likelihood of Cut being solicited might be.
This KY stuff should be ignored as the mumblings of a wannabe who doesn't have the desire or capability to even know what it wants. Let's give KY what it deserves and pay no attention whatsoever to their internal whining. Shut this thread down by not participating further.
The disagreement with Tennessee was over the staff. Cutcliffe made it clear when he took the job that there were two he would definitely leave for.
Premature to talk about this seriously? Absolutely. But to mention it as a future possibility? No reason not to. If the program goes nowhere, then it's a moot point anyway.
Ozzie, your paradigm of optimism!
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As is true in any high profile job, success breeds job offers (and certainly job rumors on message boards).
This is a MUCH better problem than when Cut was considering the Tennessee job, and we seemed to conclude that there were no qualified coaches in the United States who would take the Duke football job if he left.
He is 58YO. One "start over" (at Duke) may be enough, and a school like Kentucky may be better advised to look for a younger candidate.
Cutcliffe has no record of job-hopping, unlike other college coaches. He left UTenn twice -- both for head-coaching gigs.
Cut is exceptionally loyal to staff, which is why he got fired at Ole Miss. Heck, he'd not only insist on bringing everyone but he might also take a vote.
Cut has spent a lot of time building up his and the Blue Devil brand in the south and southeast -- I think he is personally invested in Duke, and vice versa.
I believe the AD and administration has said that he's their guy, as long as he wants to coach. That goes a long way with coaches.
I don't see a move for money -- Duke would match other offers.
'Whistling past the graveyard? I don't think so, but....'
Seriously. We of course have no idea what his intentions are, but I do know one thing regardless of how the rest of this season plays out. No other coach in the last 20 years has energized the football program in the way that Cutcliffe has. He knows that, I'm sure. I think he also knows that if (once) he achieves the success in Durham that he is looking for, honestly he will never be able to match that change anywhere else. That doesn't mean he wouldn't leave...but if he does he would be leaving Duke in a far, far better state than when he got here. That will not happen in any other school. Not by a long shot.
And IF he does ever leave for another school, it will be with my sincere thanks.
Psst. He's gonna retire a Dukie. Pass it on.
I REALLY hope Cutcliffe decides to stay. Every interaction I've had with him has made me respect him a little more, and the man seems to believe in the future of the program more than the most optimistic people on this board. I think his not leaving for Tennessee was a big demonstration of his commitment to his staff and to Duke.
As an extension, I hope we have reason to create a bronze likeness of him to hang out with Wallace Wade.
This said, he came back to Duke and told us all that he and his staff were building something here and the job required more committment and more years to 'leave it much better off than when he came.' Now that Duke Football seems to be advancing on a constructive (all puns intended) path I just don't see him going anywhere...unless by chance Tenn and Ala come calling but even then it's not going to be the same as last time now that he's putting his stamp on the program, so to speak.
Any time a coach does an admirable job by (re)'building' a program he's going to get interest from schools like KY who many would see as a step up, but from what I know through meeting Cut numerous times and through those close to the program he has embraced the culture of excellence around the Duke campus and more than anything he absolutely loves the kind of kids that come to Duke to play, more so than at a huge SEC school where the "Four F's" could be his student's 1st semester grades as not the tenants on which he continues to build DUke Football in the 21st Century.
We love you Cut!!