Part of David Cutcliffe's dream for Duke football was realized last year, when the Blue Devils beat North Carolina to clinch a bowl berth. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
For Saturday, I wrote a story about David Cutcliffe's front-porch wisdom and personal Yogi-isms, which influence every decision he makes, including staying at Duke instead of going back to Tennessee in 2009. Cutcliffe is a great speaker and storyteller, so, here's a little more about life from Cutcliffe, in the style of Esquire's What I've Learned:
That’s my Dad. All of these stories, all of this, I was a listener as a kid around large numbers of family. Uncles, aunts, cousins, just older people. This is what I would call front-porch wisdom. You just sat outside. People wonder why you sit outside in the South on the porch? Because it’s a lot cooler outside than it is inside when you don’t have air conditioning.
I just remember the stories and what they said. And I would call myself pretty well-read, too. You learn a lot from really smart people and books, and those are the books I like to read.
And when I read books, I would say, ‘that says the same thing that my dad said. When I read about what the Navy Seals do, that would sound like my mother. I don’t think it’s stopped yet. I have great memories of what Francis said coming alive right in front of me today.