Cutcliffe, 55, served as Vols offensive coordinator on two separate occasions, leaving in 1998 to become head coach of Ole Miss. He returned to coach the offense from 2006-07 before heading to Duke. He is 9-15 in two seasons with the Duke Blue Devils. His overall record head coaching record is 53-44.
Interim coach Kippy Brown is expected to remain as wide receivers coach. Brown worked with Cutcliffe on UT’s staff in 1993-94.
Former head coach Phillip Fulmer released a statement today who called for UT to hire a coach that displayed integrity and embraced UT’s traditions. Fulmer, who coached with Cutcliffe at UT, told the News Sentinel he'd endorse the hiring
“He’s the kind of person I described earlier in my release,” Fulmer said. “The type of person and coach that I thought the team needed and he fits those parameters to a tee.”
Cutcliffe is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama where he was a student assistant with legendary coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant. He may be best known for coaching Peyton Manning at Tennessee and Eli Manning at Ole Miss. Almost all offensive records at both schools were set during his coaching tenures. He also coached NFL quarterbacks Heath Shuler, Erik Ainge, and Brady Quinn.
Rumors were rampant concerning the coaching vacancy on Thursday. Both Texas defensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp and Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun publicly turned down the job.
Lane Kiffin, who was 7-6 in his only season at Tennessee, accepted the head coaching position at USC earlier this week filling a void left by Pete Carroll who went to the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
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