Duke has extended David Cutcliffe’s contract through the 2022 season, the program announced Friday.
The deal keeps him under contract through June 30, 2023, which would be his 15th season in Durham. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Should he finish out the contract, Cutcliffe would join Bill Murray as the second longest-tenured head coach in Duke history. Only Wallace Wade, whom the Blue Devils’ stadium is named after, lasted longer, serving 16 seasons. None of the previous seven coaches hired before Cutcliffe lasted longer than five seasons.
“Coach Cutcliffe has an unprecedented record of success both on and off the field, and I am delighted that he will remain at Duke for at least another four years,” Duke president Vincent E. Price said. “His commitment to academic excellence and the personal growth of his student-athletes reflects our core values and sets an example for Duke’s peers.”
Cutcliffe, 64, has been Duke’s head coach since the 2008 campaign. He is 67-72 in his 11 seasons, with six bowl trips in his last seven campaigns. He was named the ACC’s Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and won national coach of the year honors in 2013, a year in which he led the Blue Devils to their first ACC Coastal Division championship and a No. 23 final ranking in the AP poll. It was the first time Duke finished inside the final AP Top 25 since 1960.
Cutcliffe’s 67 wins are third-most in Duke history.
“First and foremost, we have sincere appreciation for President Price and Dr. White for their trust in us to lead Duke University’s football program,” Cutcliffe said. “For over a decade now, the administrative support has been tremendous and has enabled us to solidify the foundation of principles we believe in. Duke is a special place, and to be quite simple about it, we could not envision being anywhere else.”
Duke went 8-5 in 2018, highlighted by wins over Army and Northwestern — both of whom finished in the AP Top 25 — the program’s first win at Miami since 1976, a third straight triumph over North Carolina, and quarterback Daniel Jones’ No. 6 overall selection by the New York Giants in last week’s NFL draft.