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Duke's head football coach David Cutcliffe entertains at the Triangle Pigskin Preview

Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011

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Durham, NC - Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe represented the Blue Devil program at the ninth annual Bill Dooley Triangle/East Chapter Pigskin Preview held on Thursday at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

The event featured Cutcliffe along with head coaches Butch Davis (North Carolina), Henry Frazier (N.C. Central), Ruffin McNeil (East Carolina) and Tom O'Brien (N.C. State) and helped raise funding for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Triangle/East Chapter.

"I was real pleased with our squad this spring in regards to our work ethic," Cutcliffe told an audience of approximately 500 guests. "I counted 15 or 16 first- or second-year players that need to play well in order for us to be successful this fall. And I certainly expect them to play well. We're excited about our challenges.

"The biggest question mark for us is the defensive front," he continued. "We need to be much improved there compared to a year ago, and if we do that I feel we can be a good solid football team."

The Blue Devils return 42 lettermen and 17 starters from a year ago, and begin practice on August 8.

Cutcliffe drew a roaring round of applause from the crowd when he joked that he hoped he would coach this season better than he did with emcee Don Shea. He said that he told Shea, in reference to his remarks during the program, to "be short, be funny and be seated", but the longtime media personality failed in all three areas.

Among the guests in the crowd was former Duke head coach Tom Harp, who directed the Blue Devil gridiron program from 1966-70.

Duke opens the 2011 season on September 3 against Richmond.

Season tickets are available at www.GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 681-2583.

 
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Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe represented the Blue Devil program.
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