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Staff Adjustments Made For Duke Football

DURHAM, N.C. – Headlined by promotions of Ben Albert and Matt Guerrieri to co-defensive coordinator roles and the addition of Lanier Goethie as an assistant coach, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe announced multiple alterations to the Blue Devil football staff on Friday.

A member of the Duke staff since 2016, Albert elevates from Associate Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line to Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line.  Guerrieri, who has served on the Duke staff in a variety of capacities since 2012, moves from Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator [Defense]/Safeties to Co-Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator [Defense]/Defensive Secondary.  Goethie will coach Duke’s linebackers.

Additionally, Zac Roper elevates to the Baxter Family Deputy Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks from Baxter Family Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks while Derek Jones earns a promotion to Associate Head Coach/Defensive Backs from Assistant Head Coach [Defense]/Cornerbacks.

“First off, I’m really proud of how our defensive staff has handled this situation,” Cutcliffe said.  “We’ve had not good, but great conversations regarding staff organization and responsibilities, and I’m proud of how unselfish Ben, Matt and Derek all have been throughout the process.  All three coaches are deserving of their new roles and I’m looking forward to watching them lead our defensive unit starting with spring practice next month.  And as for Zac, his impact on our program goes well beyond coordinating our offense and coaching the quarterbacks.  His efforts have been and will continue to be instrumental to our overall success, both on and off the field.”

Goethie, who lettered four seasons as a linebacker at Ole Miss under Cutcliffe, joins the Blue Devil staff after spending the last two seasons at Louisiana Tech.  With the Bulldogs, he coached the linebackers and helped Louisiana Tech to a two-year ledger of 16-11, an appearance in the 2016 Conference USA championship game and consecutive bowl victories over Navy (48-45 in the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl) and SMU (51-10 in the 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl).

“We are thrilled to add Lanier to our staff,” Cutcliffe said.  “Obviously, we have a great deal of history with each other.  As a player at Ole Miss, Lanier had a ‘coach on the field’ type impact on our football team, and I’ve really been impressed with his growth within the coaching profession.  He is a young man of the highest integrity with a keen sense of accountability and I’m certain he’ll make a smooth transition into our program.”

From 2012-15, Goethie worked on the staff at Delta State (Miss.) University, coaching the linebackers while serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator.  In 2014, the Statesmen posted a NCAA Division II-high 119 tackles for loss as three of Goethie’s pupils ranked among the Gulf Coast League’s top five for tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  Delta State had two linebackers – Wilson Curtis and Rory Island – earn All-Gulf Coast League honors during Goethie’s tenure.

Prior to his stint at Delta State, Goethie spent the 2011 season coaching the outside linebackers while serving as the recruiting coordinator at North Greenville (S.C.) University, where he helped the Crusaders to 11 victories and the first NCAA Division II playoff berth in program history.

Goethie got his start in the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant coach at Ole Miss, working primarily with the defense during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.  In 2009, Ole Miss posted a 9-4 overall record including a 21-7 victory over Oklahoma State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.  Prior to shifting into a coaching capacity, Goethie worked as an academic counselor in Office of Student-Athlete Academic Support at Ole Miss from 2007-08.

A native of Baxley, Ga., Goethie played four seasons (1999-00-01-02) at Ole Miss, totaling 178 tackles while serving as a team captain his senior season.  He helped Ole Miss to 29 wins over four years with three bowl game appearance including two victories in the Independence Bowl over Oklahoma (1999) and Nebraska (2002) and, in 2002, received the prestigious Chucky Mullins Courage Award, an honor presented annually to the defensive player who exudes excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

Goethie, who graduated from Ole Miss in 2003 with a degree in marketing and later earned a master’s degree from the institution in higher education administration, is married to the former Keonna Starks.

Duke finished the 2017 campaign with a 7-6 overall record including a 36-14 victory over Northern Illinois in the Quick Lane Bowl.  The bowl game appearance marked the Blue Devils’ fifth in the last six seasons.  Duke will open the 2018 season on September 1 at home against Army West Point.

Duke Coaching Staff

David Cutcliffe – Head Coach (Alabama, 1976)

Zac Roper – Baxter Family Deputy Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/QB (Ole Miss, 2001)

Derek Jones – Associate Head Coach/DB (Ole Miss, 1996)

Ben Albert – Co-Defensive Coordinator/DL (Massachusetts, 1995)

Matt Guerrieri – Co-Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator [Defense]/DS (Davidson, 2011)

Jim Bridge – Assistant Coach/OL (Wittenberg, 1992)

Jeffrey Faris – Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator [Offense]/TE (Duke, 2011)

Re’quan Boyette – Assistant Coach/RB (Duke, 2009)

Lanier Goethie – Assistant Coach/LB (Ole Miss, 2003)

Gerad Parker – Assistant Coach/WR (Kentucky, 2003)

Kirk Benedict – Assistant Coach/Special Teams & Defense (Davidson, 2010)

2018 Duke Football Schedule Released

 DURHAM, N.C. -- Six total home dates and four contests against 10-win teams from a season ago highlight the 2018 Duke football schedule released on Tuesday by the ACC office.

Duke opens the 2018 campaign by hosting Army West Point on Saturday, September 1.  The Blue Devils will continue non-conference action in each of the next three weeks with road games at Northwestern (Sept. 8) and Baylor (Sept. 15) before entertaining N.C. Central for the Bull City Gridiron Classic on September 22.

The Blue Devils begin ACC play at home versus Virginia Tech on September 29.  Following an open date, Duke sandwiches road games to Georgia Tech (Oct. 13) and Pittsburgh (Oct. 27) around a home affair against Virginia on October 20.

November features road trips to the two schools that played for the ACC Championship a season ago as Duke travels to meet reigning Coastal Division champion Miami on November 3 and to reigning league champion Clemson on November 17.  In between, the Blue Devils will host rival North Carolina in the 105th meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

Duke closes out the regular season at home against Wake Forest on November 24.

Duke’s 12 opponents combined for a 2017 overall record of 86-64 (.573) while seven of the 11 FBS opponents played in a bowl game a season ago.

\The 14th annual Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 1, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Season tickets will be available in early February at GoDuke.com/Footballtix.

2018 Duke Football Schedule (2017 Record; Bowl game result)

SEPTEMBER

1 – ARMY WEST POINT (10-3; defeated San Diego State, 42-35, in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl)

8 – at Northwestern (10-3; defeated Kentucky, 24-23, in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl)

15 – at Baylor (1-11)

22 – N.C. CENTRAL (7-4)

29 – VIRGINIA TECH (9-4; lost to Oklahoma State, 30-21, in the Camping World Bowl)

OCTOBER

6 – Open date

13 – at Georgia Tech (5-6)

20 – VIRGINIA (6-7; lost to Navy, 49-7, in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman)

27 – at Pittsburgh (5-7)

NOVEMBER

3 – at Miami (10-3; lost to Wisconsin, 34-24, in the Capital One Orange Bowl)

10 – NORTH CAROLINA (3-9)

17 – at Clemson (12-2; lost to Alabama, 24-6, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/CFP Semifinal)

24 – WAKE FOREST (8-5; defeated Texas A&M, 55-52, in the Belk Bowl)

Five Join Duke Football for Spring Semester

 DURHAM, N.C. – Five student-athletes – Zamari EllisCasey HolmanGunnar HolmbergJeremiah Lewis and Jack Wohlabaugh – have joined the Blue Devil football program, head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Wednesday in conjunction with the beginning of Duke’s spring semester.

Ellis, a 6-4, 240-pound tight end from Henderson, N.C., is a consensus three-star prospect and rated as the No. 27 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com.  The No. 27 tight end in the country by Rivals.com, was named to the 2016 USA Today N.C. all-state first team before missing his senior campaign at Southern Vance due to a foot injury.

Holman, a 6-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Snellville, Ga., was a first team all-region pick by the 7-AAAAAA coaches as both a junior and senior. During his final campaign, Holman, from Brookwood High School, was named the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year and led Brookwood to an 11-3 record, including a 6-0 region mark to win the Region 7-AAAAAAA title.

Holmberg, a 6-3, 180-pound quarterback from Wake Forest, N.C., is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 26 pocket passing quarterback in the nation by ESPN.com.  He set the Heritage High School single-season records with 2,730 passing yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior while leading the Huskies to a 12-2 record and a berth in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state quarterfinals.

Lewis, a 6-0, 180-pound cornerback from Plano, Texas, helped Prestonwood Christian High School to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Division I state championship game three times, claiming the title twice including the 2017 crown. In his final high school game, Lewis and the Lions rallied from 18 points down in the third quarter to defeat St. Pius X, 42-41, to claim the program’s fifth TAPPS state title.

Wohlabaugh, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from Akron, Ohio, spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Ohio State University before transferring to Duke. An Academic All-Big Ten selection following the 2017 campaign, Wohlabaugh will sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and have two seasons of eligibility beginning in 2019. He did not see game action in his two seasons with the Buckeyes.

Duke finished the 2017 campaign with a 7-6 overall record including a 36-14 victory over Northern Illinois in the Quick Lane Bowl. The bowl game appearance marked the Blue Devils’ fifth in the last six seasons. Duke will open the 2018 season on September 1 at home against Army West Point.

David Cutcliffe is a Soothsayer

David Cutcliffe is a soothsayer.

Duke Coach David Cutcliffe showed off his X's and O's acumen on ESPN last night where he shared his wisdom during the National Championship game.  Cutcliffe was part of a team of coaches who talked up the strategy as the game unfolded.

Those who cover the Duke program know Cut is a big film guy and has an elaborate set up in his office.  Social media was abuzz with compliments on his in-game comments.

Cutcliffe was all over the final play of the game and that did not go unnoticed.  Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give Alabama a 26-23 walk-off overtime victory against Georgia.  The Duke coach recognized the coverage and said this may end the national championship right here as the play was just starting to develop.

I think it's fair to say that ESPN will invite Cutcliffe back in the future.  The coach was also able to sit with a former assistant Matt Luke who ironically took over Ole Miss.  Cutcliffe was shockingly let go from the school some years back.  But their shame, is Duke's gain.

Here is a small sampling of some tweets I put together.

David Cutcliffe Shuffles Staff Duties

DURHAM, N.C. – Headlined by promotions for Kirk Benedict and Gerad Parker to assistant coaching positions, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe announced multiple alterations to the Blue Devil football staff on Friday.

A member of the Duke staff since 2014, Benedict elevates from graduate assistant coach to Assistant Coach/Special Teams & Defense.  Parker, who joined the Blue Devils this past summer as a Football Operations Assistant, transitions into an assistant coaching role and will mentor Duke’s wide receivers.

Jim Knowles, Duke’s defensive coordinator since 2010, adds the title of Assistant Head Coach while Derek Jones, a member of the Blue Devil staff since 2008, will continue to coach the cornerbacks and assumes additional duties as Assistant Head Coach [Defense].

Jim Bridge, who has served the past two seasons as Duke’s Special Teams Coordinator while coaching the tight ends, shifts to handling the responsibilities of the offensive line.  Bridge managed Duke’s offensive front in preparation for the Quick Lane Bowl victory over Northern Illinois following Marcus Johnson’s departure to join the staff at Mississippi State.

Jeffrey Faris, who coached Duke’s wide receivers for the past four seasons, moves to leading the Blue Devil tight ends and adds Recruiting Coordinator [Offense] to his responsibilities.  Matt Guerrieri, a member of Duke’s fulltime coaching staff since 2015 who directs the Blue Devil safeties, adds Recruiting Coordinator [Defense] to his duties.

Duke finished the 2017 campaign with a 7-6 overall record including a 36-14 victory over Northern Illinois in the Quick Lane Bowl.  The bowl game appearance marked the Blue Devils’ fifth in the last six seasons.  Duke will open the 2018 season on September 1 at home against Army West Point.

Duke Football Coaching Staff

David Cutcliffe – Head Coach (Alabama, 1976)

Zac Roper – Baxter Family Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/QB (Ole Miss, 2001)

Jim Knowles – Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/LB (Cornell, 1987)

Ben Albert – Associate Defensive Coordinator/DL (Massachusetts, 1995)

Derek Jones – Assistant Head Coach [Defense]/CB (Ole Miss, 1996)

Jim Bridge – Assistant Coach/OL (Wittenberg, 1992)

Jeffrey Faris – Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator [Offense]/TE (Duke, 2011)

Matt Guerrieri – Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator [Defense]/S (Davidson, 2011)

Re’quan Boyette – Assistant Coach/RB (Duke, 2009)

Gerad Parker – Assistant Coach/WR (Kentucky, 2003)

Kirk Benedict – Assistant Coach/Special Teams & Defense (Davidson, 2010)

Duke OL Gets Another Ohio State Transfer

Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Thursday that Jack Wohlabaugh will transfer to the institution from Ohio State University.

Wohlabaugh, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from Akron, Ohio, spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Buckeyes and will enroll at Duke on Wednesday, January 10, for the beginning of the spring semester.

An Academic All-Big Ten selection following the 2017 campaign, Wohlabaugh will sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and have two seasons of eligibility beginning in 2019.  He did not see game action in his two seasons at Ohio State as the Buckeyes went a combined 23-4, earned a berth in the College Football Playoff in 2016 and won both the Big Ten Championship (27-21 over Wisconsin) and Goodyear Cotton Bowl (24-7 over Southern California) in 2017.

Coming out of Walsh Jesuit High School, Wohlabaugh was charted as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and rated as the No. 4 center in the nation by Scout.com.