A little over two weeks ago, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was being announced as a finalist for the Maxwell Club Coach of the Year Award in college football, but because Auburn’s Gus Malzahn was also nominated, it was considered to be mildly unlikely that Cutcliffe would snatch the award.
And then, he did.
#Duke‘s David Cutcliffe wins the Maxwell Football Coach of the Year.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 20, 2013
The Maxwell Club announced Cutcliffe as the winner of the 2013 award on Friday, and Cutcliffe is a more than deserving choice. The former Ole Miss head coach and Tennessee offensive coordinator (Peyton Manning!) led Duke (yes, Duke) to the first 10-win season in program history, and the Blue Devils won 8 consecutive games prior to their ACC Title Game loss to Florida State.
There is certainly an argument against Cutcliffe for the award, simply given that Malzahn led an Auburn team that no one believed in all the way to the BCS Championship Game, but to say that Cutcliffe is undeserving is insane. Thinking of a scenario where Duke wins 10 games (and wins the ACC Coastal Division championship) in today’s college football is mind-blowing, and what he has done in Durham simply can’t be ignored.