DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Duke University picked Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe Saturday as its next head football coach.
Cutcliffe, 53, had a 44-29 record as head coach at Mississippi from 1999-2004, coaching the Rebels to four bowl victories against one loss. He was previously the offensive coordinator at Tennessee for 17 years and returned to the Volunteers in 2006.
Duke needed a replacement for Ted Roof, who was fired following the 2007 season.
Roof -- who took over seven games into the 2003 season and had one year remaining on his contract -- was 6-45 in four-plus seasons at the school and lost 25 straight Atlantic Coast Conference games. The Blue Devils finished 2007 at 1-11 and 0-8 in ACC play.
Cutcliffe will continue to serve on the Tennessee staff through the Volunteers' Outback Bowl game against Wisconsin Jan. 1.
Cutcliffe was SEC Coach of the Year in 2003 after leading the Rebels to a 10-3 record, including a 31-28 victory over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.