Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 04/11/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Neyland Award, an honor presented annually by the Knoxville Quarterback Club to a major contributor to college athletics.
Cutcliffe will be honored on Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., prior to the University of Tennessee’s annual Orange & White Game. Also to be recognized is Tim Brando, who will receive the Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award.
In 2013, Cutcliffe guided the Blue Devils to a 10-4 overall record including the ACC’s Coastal Division championship and an appearance in the 46th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., where Duke and Texas A&M played in the most-watched non-BCS game of the bowl season.
The ACC’s Coach of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, Cutcliffe led Duke to final national rankings in the BCS standings (24th), USA Today/Coaches poll (22nd) and Associated Press poll (23rd). Duke’s 10 wins marked the most in school history, bettering the previous standard of nine set by the 1933, 1936, 1938 and 1941 squads. Cutcliffe garnered national coach of the year honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Bobby Dodd Foundation, Maxwell Football Club, Walter Camp Foundation and Sporting News.
Cutcliffe has significant ties to the University of Tennessee, having served on the football staff for 19 seasons from 1982-98 and 2006-07. He helped the Volunteers to an overall record of 173-54-7 with five SEC championships, 17 bowl game appearances and the 1998 national title.
The Neyland Award is named for former Tennessee head coach R.R. Neyland, who guided the Volunteers to a 173-31-12 record with four national championships in three tenures covering 21 seasons.