Lots of Ole Miss connections in the bowl games Thursday.
Duke football isn’t usually appointment television, but I was home, and when I’m home I’ll watch any college football.
There were several interesting story lines for the Belk Bowl which featured Duke against Cincinnati. Former Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe had his Blue Devils going for the program’s first bowl win in 51 years.
Before the game he offered this pre-game speech.
I couldn’t help jump into the Wayback Machine when I heard the speech. One of the criticisms of Cutcliffe when he was fired in 2004 was that he was too stoic and not emotional enough. Not fiery.
The Ole Miss media wasn’t invited to Cutcliffe pre-game speeches back then. I don’t know if there were any “Ole Miss football? Hell yes,” moments. Matt Luke might know. I’ll have to ask him.
Tommy Tuberville, another former Ole Miss coach, was recently hired at Cincinnati. Had he chosen to coach UC in the bowl game, it would really have made for Ole Miss connections. Cut and Tub combined for 69 wins in their Oxford stints.
Ultimately Duke made too many mistakes to win, squandered a fast 16-0 start, and the bowl-victory drought continues. The Blue Devils fumbled inside the 5 twice. Four out five dentists surveyed say you can’t win that way. Duke had a chance to run out the clock and win on its final drive managed to turn that enviable scenario into a two-touchdown loss.
Tuberville was interviewed by the guys in the booth in the second half. Among other things he talked about a somewhat awkward fit for him, a defensive guy, replacing Mike Leach at Texas Tech.
Before the Belk Bowl San Jose State rallied to beat Bowling Green 29-20 in the Military Bowl before what appeared to be a crowd of hundreds in Washington, D.C.
The connection here is Mike MacIntyre. The former Ole Miss assistant coached San Jose for 10 of what is now a school-record 11 wins in 2012.
MacIntyre left San Jose State to become the coach at Colorado. He was the secondary coach for Cut’s early teams at Ole Miss, and he later served as Cut’s defensive coordinator at Duke.