An Offer To Cutcliffe Coming? - Updated

Sources confirm to TheDevilsDen.com that Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe is the front-runner for the vacant head coaching job with one interview taking place late Thursday.

Cutcliffe, who coached the Ole Miss Rebels for seven years, accumulating a winning record in six of those years and earning bowl bids in five of those years before being released, will take over a program needing a new direction after posting just one win in the last two seasons.

"At the end of the day, the committee appears to believe he was the best choice," said a source close to the situation. "If he accepts the job he could be introduced on Monday."

In addition to his head coaching experience, Cutcliffe has coached NFL quarterbacks Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning, and Eli Manning. In 2003, the Rebels tied LSU for the West Division title and a win in the Cotton Bowl.

After his stint at Mississippi, Cutcliffe was hired as the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame, but health problems forced him to resign. He was subsequently granted a clean bill of health before returning to Phil Fulmer's staff.

The Blue Devils have Atlanta Falcons OC Hue Jackson on campus today as well. Jackson will begin his interview at 4:00 PM and is expected to end around 8:00 PM EST. After that the committee will convene on Friday with each of the seven members having an equal say.


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