David Cutcliffe has the Blue Devils ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 1994. (Gerry Broome/AP)
David Cutcliffe found a way to win a school-record 10 games at Duke and get the team to the ACC Championship Game. This is no small feat. And the Walter Camp Foundation noticed, naming Cutcliffe its National Coach of the Year on Thursday. Cutcliffe was also named coach of the year in the ACC for the second straight season earlier this week.
After winning the ACC award, Cutcliffe released a statement, saying:
"(I’m) very appreciative of our staff and all of the support people that surround Duke football," Cutcliffe said in a statement. “It’s the best group of people, including the entire Duke football family -- best group of people I’ve been around."
Chances are he'll release a similar statement after winning an even more prestigious award on Thursday. Cutcliffe has Duke bowl eligible for the second straight year for the first time since 1988 and '89, and he has sent two different quarterbacks to the NFL since being hired in Durham on Dec. 15, 2007.