Cutcliffe interested in Vols; issues deadline

Cutcliffe interested in Vols; issues deadline

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By JIM WOGAN
6 Sports Director

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- David Cutcliffe is putting his foot down in the on-going effort to hire a new head football coach at Tennessee. 

Cutcliffe, 53, has given the Vols what appears to be an ultimatum-- if there's no offer by Friday, Cutcliffe says he will remain at Duke.

The reason makes sense. College football programs will use the upcoming weekend to host high school prospects. Cutcliffe says he can't jeopardize Duke's recruiting class.

A source with knowledge of the discussions told 6 Sports that no job offer had been extended as of Thursday evening.  

The same source said Cutcliffe met with Duke Athletics Director Kevin White on Thursday morning, presumably to let White know Tennessee was interested in talking to Cutcliffe.

The Tennessee job came open Tuesday when Lane Kiffin left after one season to take over as head coach at USC.

In 2008, Cutcliffe took the Duke Blue Devils to a 4-8 record. In 2009, the team went 5-7.

Cutcliffe is a former Tennessee offensive coordinator. He left Knoxville in 1998 to become the head coach at Ole Miss, a position he held for six years.

While at Ole Miss, Cutcliffe was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2003.

He later returned to Tennessee to work as offensive coordinator from 2006-2007. 

Cutcliffe was named head coach at Duke in December 2007. He's the highly regarded college mentor of Tennessee quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Andy Kelly, Heath Shuler and Tee Martin.

He also mentored Eli Manning in college.

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