DURHAM, N.C. – At halftime of Duke’s men’s basketball game against Syracuse on Saturday night, Blue Devil head football coach David Cutcliffe will be recognized as the recipient of The Dodd Trophy, an honor presented annually to the nation’s top coach.
Tip-off in Cameron Indoor Stadium for the game featuring top-ranked Syracuse and fifth-ranked Duke is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.
“One of the unique aspects of The Dodd Trophy is our philosophy of presenting the award on campus in a meaningful way in front of the Duke family of administrators, students and fans,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to present Coach Cutcliffe with The Dodd Trophy here on Duke’s historic campus. Everyone associated with the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation is thrilled with the selection of Coach Cutcliffe for this award and grateful to honor his commitment to leadership, scholarship and integrity.”
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 are the most in school history, bettering the previous standard of nine set by the 1933, 1936, 1938 and 1941 squads. In addition to the Dodd Trophy, Cutcliffe also garnered national coach of the year honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Maxwell Football Club, Walter Camp Foundation and Sporting News.
Currently in the midst of spring practice, Duke returns 17 starters and 44 lettermen for the 2014 season. The Blue Devils will hold their annual Spring Game on Saturday, March 1 at 12 noon in Wallace Wade Stadium.
Duke season tickets may be purchased online at GoDuke.com/tickets or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE.
Beginning in 2014, the Chick-fil-A Bowl took over day-to-day management of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award including operations, marketing and branding, sales, and communications. The goal is to enhance the national platform for The Dodd Trophy and reinforce its position as the most prestigious and most sought-after national coaching award.
Among the initial changes the Chick-fil-A Bowl will implement is the creation of an annual Dodd Dinner that will bring together past winners in Atlanta each year during Chick-fil-A Bowl week. Last year, eight former Dodd Trophy winners participated in the first Dodd Dinner including Bill Curry, Fisher DeBerry, Vince Dooley, Ralph Friedgen, Fred Goldsmith, Jim Grobe, Ken Hatfield and Dick Sheridan.
Beyond the annual dinner, the Bowl will institute a new fan voting component to complement the existing voting committee giving the fans a voice in the process that determines the winner. New communications and marketing initiatives will be implemented that will see a makeover to The Dodd Trophy website and the addition of social media platforms to better engage with conferences , teams and fans. Most importantly, the focus of The Dodd Trophy will continue to highlight the Award’s link to its philosophies of leadership, scholarship and integrity – the cornerstones of both Bobby Dodd’s coaching philosophy and the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. These ideals define The Dodd Trophy and separate it from other coaching awards.
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