|Duke denies report it has offered job to Tennessee's Cutcliffe|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 14 December 2007 13:16|
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke officials denied reports Friday the school has reached an agreement with Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe to take over as football coach.|
But the Blue Devils are close to making a decision about a replacement for the fired Ted Roof, and Cutcliffe - the former Mississippi coach - appeared to be the leading candidate. The 53-year-old Cutcliffe said earlier in the day he had interviewed for the position, but denied receiving an offer.
``We all kind of have a desire to run a program - that's kind of why I got into it,'' Cutcliffe said at Tennessee's media day in advance of the Volunteers' Outback Bowl appearance. ``That really hasn't changed. I'm still fairly young ... but I just feel like there's a lot left out there to be done.''
Duke athletic director Joe Alleva has said he wants to hire an experienced head coach with an offense-minded reputation. Cutcliffe - who led Ole Miss to four bowl games and groomed Peyton Manning and Eli Manning into NFL quarterbacks - would fit that profile.
Cutcliffe was 44-29 in six seasons with the Rebels before he was fired in 2004. Duke fired Roof shortly after a 1-11 finish and a 6-45 overall mark in four-plus seasons.
Duke athletic department spokesman Art Chase confirmed shortly before 5 p.m. that Duke hasn't yet offered the job to Cutcliffe, or any other candidate. But Alleva told WRAL-TV of Raleigh the search committee would meet again Friday evening.
``My hope, my hope, is we have an offer in place tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday we have a coach,'' Alleva said.
Associated Press Writer Beth Rucker in Knoxville, Tenn., contributed to this report.
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