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  • Congratulating Duke University Football Coach David Cutcliffe for Being Honored as Walter Camp Coach of the Year

    by Representative G. K. Butterfield

    Posted on 2013-12-11

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    BUTTERFIELD of north carolina in the house of representatives Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Mr. BUTTERFIELD. Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate Duke University Head Football Coach David Cutcliffe for being recognized by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Incorporated as Coach of the Year for the all Division I-A football teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA. Coach Cutcliffe is the only Duke football coach to win the award since its inception in 1967.

    After being hired as head coach on December 15, 2007, Coach Cutcliffe led Duke this season to a 10-2 regular season record, which is the best record in the institution's history. This season, Duke football defeated two opponents that were both ranked in the top 25 of all Division I-A football teams--the first victories for Duke football over ranked opponents since 1994. Coach Cutcliffe also guided his team to victories over rivals from the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in 2013. Last season Coach Cutcliffe led Duke football to its first post season bowl game since 1994 and set a school record by scoring a season total of 410 points.

    Coach Cutcliffe has also led the Duke football program to success off the field. Students on the Duke football team had a graduation rate of 92 percent in 2013, compared to the average NCAA rate of 82 percent. Under Coach Cutcliffe's leadership, the Duke football team has strengthened the school's relationship with the community through service opportunities with the Duke Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Oxford Housing Authority Partnership. Prior to joining the coaching staff at Duke University, Coach Cutcliffe served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee and a head coach at Ole Miss. Coach Cutcliffe is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama.

    The Walter Camp Football Foundation was created in 1967 and is based in New Haven Connecticut. The foundation is named for Walter Camp, a former athlete and coach at Yale University who is known as the ``Father of American Football.'' He is credited with inventing the line of scrimmage, the game's system of downs, the game's scoring system, and the restriction of play to eleven players per team. The Walter Camp Football Foundation is part of the National College Football Awards Association, which is a coalition of the major collegiate football awards.

    Mr. Speaker, I commend David Cutcliffe and the entire Duke University football program for their commitment to excellence. This award is a testament to the outstanding leadership demonstrated by Coach Cutcliffe and tremendous performance on and off the playing field from the Duke University football program's student-athletes. I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring and celebrating Coach David Cutcliffe's great achievement in being recognized as the Walter Camp 2013 Coach of the Year.


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