DURHAM — Duke coach David Cutcliffe doesn't think he's crazy for taking on the reclamation project that was Duke football after the 2007 season. Even now, with Duke 3-2 and 1-1 in the ACC, some of his coaching friends do.
"I've already had some coaching friends call me crazy," Cutcliffe said Wednesday during the ACC coaches' teleconference. "I've already had some people call me about [NFL] coordinator jobs. But I say, 'Listen, I am right where I need to be and I'm thrilled to be here."
Cutcliffe said the quality of his life in Durham has been great, especially working with the nine men he asked and accepted coaching positions on his staff. All but one, receivers coach Scottie Montgomery, knew Cutcliffe at previous stops.
"We felt we could do something significant here," Cutcliffe said. "We'll definitely either succeed or fail. Obviously because we were at flat rock-bottom as a team. It's a chance to build from the ground up. That's exciting to anyone regardless of the business. I'm competitive. I love people who tell me I can't do something."