DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was named Sporting News Co-National Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, the publication announced Friday.
Cutcliffe has led Duke to a school-record 10 wins, an ACC Coastal Division title, a berth in the ACC Championship game and a trip to face No. 21 Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. He was selected as the National Coach of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation and is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson, Liberty Mutual and Bowden Coach of the Year Awards.
Highlighting Duke’s historic 2013 season were an eight-game winning streak, 11 All-ACC selections, wins over two ranked opponents, a 5-0 record in road games and four straight weeks ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. The Blue Devils have qualified for bowls in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history and enter the postseason matchup against Texas A&M ranked No. 24 in the BCS rankings with a 10-3 record.
Cutcliffe is the second coach in school history to earn national coach of the year recognition, joining Fred Goldsmith who earned the Bobby Dodd Award in 1994. Also the recipient of the 2013 ACC Coach of the Year award, Cutcliffe is the seventh coach in league history earn that honor in back-to-back seasons.