Duke’s Cutcliffe named Dodd Coach of the Year

McClatchy news servicesDecember 31, 2013 

Duke football coach David Cutcliffe has received several coach-of-the-year honors after the Blue Devils’ 10-win season.

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David Cutcliffe, who led Duke to its first 10-win season and a spot in the ACC championship game, was named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year on Monday.

Eight former coach of the year winners attended the announcement: Bill Curry, Fisher DeBerry, Vince Dooley, Ralph Friedgen, Fred Goldsmith, Jim Grobe, Ken Hatfield and Dick Sheridan.

“This is the most meaningful thing that has happened to me,” Cutcliffe said. “When these gentlemen walked into the room, the meaning of the Bobby Dodd Award just took hold of me.”

Cutcliffe’s No. 22 Blue Devils will play No. 20 Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday. This is the first time Duke will play in back-to-back bowl games. The Blue Devils haven’t won a bowl game since 1961.

Kansas State’s Bill Snyder won the 2012 award, named for the former longtime Georgia Tech coach.

Cutcliffe also has been named the Walter Camp and Maxwell Award coach of the year this year.

BUCKEYES’ SPENCE ABSENT

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he may know Tuesday about the availability of All-Big Ten defensive end Noah Spence, who did not travel with the team to the Orange Bowl because of a “personal issue.”

The Buckeyes are preparing to play Clemson on Friday night.

Spence did not travel with the team Sunday. Meyer isn’t revealing details about the issue.

The sophomore leads the team and is second in the Big Ten in sacks with 8.0 and is sixth in the league with 13.5 tackles for loss.

Meyer also said cornerback Bradley Roby (knee bone bruise) and linebacker Curtis Grant (back) are still recovering from injuries and that several players missed practice with a stomach virus.

TEXAS GIVES DEADLINE

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says he expects a successor to Mack Brown will be found in the next two weeks.

Patterson said before kickoff at the Alamo Bowl on Monday night that he believes Texas needs a new coach by Jan. 15. That’s the end of the so-called “dead period” in the NCAA that prohibits coaches from in-person contact with recruits during bowl season.

ALABAMA A&M HIRES COACH

Alabama A&M has hired Nevada assistant coach James Michael Spady to lead the football program.

Athletic director Bryan Hicks announced the hiring Monday to replace Anthony Jones.

Spady has been tight ends coach and co-offensive line coach for the Wolfpack the past four years. He was Grambling State’s offensive coordinator after stints at North Carolina Central and South Carolina State.

EXTRA POINTS

Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow was hired as a college football analyst for the TV show “SEC Nation” on the new SEC Network. Tebow said he would still like to play quarterback in the NFL. … Baylor University says its new football stadium will be called McLane Stadium in honor of alumnus Drayton McLane Jr. and his family. McLane, former owner of the Houston Astros, is a 1958 Baylor grad and former regents chairman. … North Carolina junior offensive lineman Russell Bodine, who as a two-year starter with the Tar Heels played mostly at center and some left guard, announced he is entering the NFL draft. … Jeff Monken was formally introduced as Army’s new coach on Monday after being hired a week ago.

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