“We’re going to learn from it, we’ll see some great things, but it’s going to be a great opportunity for us to get better as a team,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said with his smooth, Alabama drawl, one so befitting of a football coach that it seems like he was born for the profession.
His Blue Devils had just won, 52-13, in a romp against an overmatched Elon team that saw star quarterback Anthony Boone throw four touchdown passes and wideout Jamison Crowder pull in seven receptions. But there were no high-fives or hype, because Cutcliffe still had his eyes on improvement.
The Duke coach made major strides in turning the program around in 2012 and 2013, leading the perennial losers to consecutive bowl games for the first time. On the heels of the winningest season in the program’s 92-year history, one filled with winless campaigns and last-place finishes, Cutcliffe looks to continue to change the culture in Durham, N.C.