Friday, December 14, 2007

Cutcliffe Reportedly Is Duke's Choice

Phil Fulmer is losing his right-hand man. Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe has been offered and is expected to accept the coaching position at Duke, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports.

Cutcliffe got the nod over Karl Dorrell because of concerns over the former UCLA coach's ability to assemble a staff with adequate recruiting connections along the Eastern seaboard.

Cutcliffe previously was Mississippi's coach and compiled a 44-29 record that included four bowl victories. He will take over a Duke program that has won only 22 games in 13 seasons.

In other coaching-related news:

UCLA: Former Rose Bowl-winning quarterback Slick Rick Neuheisel and Philadelphia Eagles assistant John Harbaugh, the brother of Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, reportedly will interview, the L.A. Daily News reports. Neuheisel ran up 52 NCAA violations while coaching at Washington and Colorado. Brigham Young's Bronco Mendenhall issued a statement saying he's "not interested" in the job.

Michigan: Wake Forest's Jim Grobe was asked if he had been contacted by anyone associated with Michigan. "It's gone on with Nebraska. It's gone on with Arkansas. Now it's going on with Michigan," he said. "I've just got to get out of all that stuff. There's no comment I can make that helps the situation."

Houston: Oklahoma assistant Kevin Sumlin is the new Cougars' coach. He replaces Art Briles, who resigned Nov. 28 to take the Baylor job.

Northern Illinois: Jerry Kill is the Huskies' new coach, replacing Joe Novak. Kill, 46, turned down an offer of a lifetime contract at Southern Illinois to take the job.

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