Duke’s Cutcliffe close to being named new coach at Tennessee

Duke coach David Cutcliffe will be named Tennessee’s next head football coach barring any last minute surprises, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports on its website.

Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton declined to confirm an agreement with Cutcliffe, and one issue remaining to be settled between the two parties is Cutcliffe’s staff, according to the newspaper. Cutcliffe wants to bring much of his staff from Duke with him to Tennessee, but there are six Vols assistants still left after Lane Kiffin’s departure to USC.
Tennessee has reportedly been rebuffed in its search to replace Kiiffin by several coaches, including Jon Gruden, Will Muschamp and Troy Calhoun.
Cutcliffe is a longtime Vols assistant who was the offensive coordinator for the 1998 national championship team