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Football And What Cut Says This Team Needs

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Duke v Northwestern
EVANSTON, IL- SEPTEMBER 17: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils looks to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half on September 17, 2016 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois.
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At 1-2, Duke is off to the sort of start that the Blue Devils haven’t seen for several years -and Notre Dame is next up, which won’t be easy.

So what does builder extraordinaire David Cutcliffe have to say?

Glad you asked.

“Our program had to fight through a lot of things,” Cutcliffe said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “These young men haven’t had the same battles. We’ve pointed out the history. We’ve pointed out the commitment that it took. We’re going to be mentally tough. Is that just done because you snap your fingers and say so? No. That may be as important as anything we face right now. That may be the biggest item that we’re faced with.”

So essentially youth and inexperience.

We’re not overly worried honestly. Not that this year will necessarily be as good as the last few. So far anyway, it’s certainly not.

However, Cutcliffe has been building a program, not a season. And look what still remains: beautiful new facilities. Vastly improved recruiting. A consistent and united coaching staff. And most importantly, his players buy in.

It might be a tough year but it doesn’t tear down what has been built. Duke football will be fine. We have total faith in David Cutcliffe and fortunately for him, Duke does too and won't make the mistake that Ole Miss did in firing him after one poor season.

Here’s what Jim Sumner posted on the board after Cut’s comments.