Landover, Md. — Duke football coach David Cutcliffe set the record straight on a report last December that he rejected an offer to become Michigan’s head coach.
Cutcliffe, who traveled to FedEx Field with his team to watch a few former players, including Lions first-round pick Laken Tomlinson, said he never spoke to UM officials about the job as NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt reported. He simply said no to the search firm the university hired.
“I get inquiries a lot, and I get them from the NFL,” Cutcliffe said Thursday evening. “Inquiries don’t mean you’ve been offered jobs, and what I tell people — and I’m just so sincere and I hope y’all can tell how happy I am — I have the best job in America.”
Cutcliffe, 60, has coached the Blue Devils since 2008 and has posted at least nine wins each of the past two seasons.
UM ultimately hired Jim Harbaugh less than three weeks later as many people expected, especially with a tumultuous ending to the 2014 season with the San Francisco 49ers.
Cutcliffe said he doesn’t know how Harbaugh will do with the Wolverines, but there are reasons to be optimistic.
“That remains to be seen,” Cutcliffe said. “I know him pretty well. He’s a great football coach. You’re at Michigan; it’s a great football school. Odds would tell you they’re going to do great.
“But, you know what? It’s a new era in college football.”