Wednesday, November 5, 2008

CUTCLIFFE, DAVIS OUT OF RUNNING FOR TENNESSEE JOB?

Now we can’t imagine anybody would want to be the next coach of either Clemson or Tennessee as both have similar unrealistic expectations when it comes to their rightful place in the college football universe. Of course, we don’t know why anybody would want to coach the Oakland Raiders, yet somebody does…

Yesterday, Duke coach David Cutcliffe quashed any speculation about him returning to Knoxville to replace his good friend and former boss, while ex-Miami and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis said he's staying at North Carolina.

"I'm at Duke, staying at Duke," Cutcliffe said Tuesday.

Cutcliffe twice served on Tennessee's staff and spent eight years as the Volunteers' offensive coordinator. He came to Duke last December after a two-year stint in Knoxville and has called Fulmer "the best football coach I've ever been associated with."

Cutcliffe said he was being proactive because he spoke to recruits who said other coaches had told them that he was headed to the Volunteers.

Davis said he is committed to building No. 19 North Carolina's program, even though his name has come up as a possible candidate for the opening at Tennessee.

Asked directly about the Tennessee job after practice Tuesday, Davis said, "The long and short of it is, the administration and I are completely and firmly committed to building a championship football program at North Carolina. My family and I are very happy in Chapel Hill."

Davis has guided the Tar Heels (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) into the national rankings for the second time this season, and they are bowl-eligible for the first time since 2004.

(Photos from AP Photo by Gerry Broome and Getty Images)

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