Cutcliffe takes self out of Vols’ picture

Duke coach David Cutcliffe has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Tennessee head coaching job, a source close to the situation said Friday.Duke coach David Cutcliffe has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Tennessee head coaching job, sources close to the situation said Friday.
Cutcliffe, a former offensive coordinator with the Vols, had talks with Tennessee on Thursday to potentially replace Lane Kiffin, who bolted the program on Tuesday to become USC coach.

“David Cutcliffe will remain at Duke,” a source said Friday.

Cutcliffe’s withdrawal from the search follows Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, the Longhorns’ head coach-in-waiting, who turned down a lucrative offer from Tennessee, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton continues to work toward having a coach in place by this weekend. The recruiting period going live again on Sunday, the Vols are working feverishly to have a new coach in place by then.

Louisiana Tech’s Derek Dooley also is on Tennessee’s list as is Temple coach Al Golden.

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