Former Tennessee Coordinator Joining SEC Office’s Staff

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    Legendary offensive coordinator and former Ole Miss and Duke head coach David Cutcliffe is joining the Southeastern Conference league office as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Football Relations.

    “David Cutcliffe has earned tremendous respect across the college football community and he adds to the SEC office a valuable depth of knowledge and expertise in the game,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “David will add a new perspective to Conference football operations that will benefit our universities and their student-athletes as we look to the future.”

    Cutcliffe is coming off a 14-year stint as Duke’s head coach where he led the Blue Devils to an unprecedented run of success including an ACC Coastal division championship and Peach Bowl birth in 2013.

    Following his termination from Duke, Cutcliffe explored a number of options including a possible off field coaching job on Steve Sarkisian’s staff at Texas. Instead, the former Tennessee offensive coordinator finds himself in the league office of the conference he spent most his career in.

    “I am thrilled to return to the Southeastern Conference where I have spent much of my life,” said Cutcliffe. “It is rewarding to be joining an amazing team at the SEC Office led by Commissioner Sankey and his staff. I look forward to working with the coaches and administrators across the league to continue to further advance football in the SEC.”

    According to the SEC’s release, Cutcliffe’s responsibilities will include “establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the SEC head football coaches” and to work with the SEC on competition policies and rule changes.

    An Alabama alum, Cutcliffe was instrumental in Tennessee’s run of dominance in the 90s first serving as an offensive assistant under Johnny Majors and then as offensive coordinator under Phillip Fulmer before landing the Ole Miss head coaching job in 1999.

    Cutcliffe rejoined Tennessee’s staff from 2006-07 where he helped lead the Vols to a division title.

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