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Cutcliffe, Duke Look To Take Another Step Forward

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Though Duke made great strides during coach
David Cutcliffe's first season the Blue Devils know an even tougher
job lies ahead: Taking another next step forward and becoming a bowl team.

Cutcliffe said Tuesday that it's tougher to turn a mediocre team into a consistent winner than simply making a losing team average because "you're talking about basically doubling what you're doing."

The Blue Devils averaged one win a year during the four seasons
before Cutcliffe arrived. They went 4-8 last season and were above
.500 in late October before ending the season with a five-game losing streak.

Cutcliffe says Duke still has plenty of work left to do. The Blue Devils need to win seven games to qualify for their first bowl game since 1994.


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