I have to admit, I'm still a little skeptical about this hire. I recognize that he won at Ole Miss, and recognize that he's developed two pretty good quarterbacks, but what about the fact those quarterbacks were both sons of an all-time legend, and probably had a little bit of talent to work with? Will he be able to recruit the same to Duke?
I'm just wondering, given that Duke apparently didn't see money as an obstacle (which is amazing, in and of itself), why names like Bowden (Tommy), Holtz (Skip), and Neuheisel didn't become more prominent. I can see why concerns over Dorrell being a West-Coast guy and not having many recruiting contacts in the East would factor in, but was this really the second-best candidate out there after Johnson? Part of the disappointment is that national names actually seemed to find appeal in the Duke job, and yet they never got a close look.
Now, of course, that's not to say that those guys would have been any better than Cutcliffe, but given Alleva's abyssmal hiring record, I would've felt a little more secure with a guy who has shown the ability to succeed at a school that has any parallels to Duke, which it's hard to say that Ole Miss has.