Tennessee has reportedly reached out to former offensive coordinator and current Duke head coach David Cutcliffe about its coaching vacancy, according to ESPN’s Chris Low. However, Cutcliffe declined the job offer and instead plans to finish his career at Duke.
Cutcliffe spent 15 years of his coaching career at Tennessee, holding numerous titles as an assistant coach. He joined the Vols in 1982 as an assistant, switched to tight ends coach in 1983, running backs coach in 1989, quarterbacks coach in 1990 and finally offensive coordinator from 1993-1998.
He began working as a head coach in 1998, taking over at Ole Miss and spent seven seasons with the Rebels, but returned to the Vols as an offensive coordinator in 2006 and spent two seasons with the team prior to accepting his current position at Duke in 2008.
Cutcliffe holds a 102-96 overall record during his two head coaching stints. Cutcliffe has been lauded for his job at Duke, where he has led the Blue Devils to postseason appearances in five of the last six years. Prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival, Duke had only been to two bowl games since the 1961 Cotton Bowl and the program only had 10 total wins between the 2000 and 2007 football seasons.
He has won numerous coaching awards including SEC Coach of the Year (2003), ACC Coach of the Year (2012, 2013), Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2013) and the Broyles Award (1998).