The current ACC cross-divisional schedule model allows only for teams to rotate over a 6-7 year period, meaning Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe have crossed paths on the gridiron once, but their relationship goes far beyond that one meeting.
Cutcliffe has just one more meeting against Clemson while at Duke, in his first season with the Blue Devils and Tommy Bowden’s last at the helm of the Tigers.
Swinney and Cutcliffe both trace their initial roots to Alabama, but both have their coaching careers tracking back to their time in the SEC. When Swinney played at Alabama and served as a GA as well as an offensive assistant, Cutcliffe was making his mark at Tennessee as an offensive assistant and eventual Head Coach of Ole Miss in 1998.
The last two times they would have met before their present positions would have been 2000, Swinney’s last year at Alabama, and then in 2008 while Swinney assisted for Bowden at Clemson.
While Cutcliffe has made his mark as an offensive guru, he can’t help but admire how Clemson has put itself together under Swinney.
To hear Cutcliffe’s remarks ahead of Clemson, click below: