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Penn State Coaching Search: David Cutcliffe Possible Back-up Candidate According To Report

Penn State might be looking to Durham, N.C. in its search to replace Joe Paterno as head coach.

David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports that Duke coach David Cutcliffe could be a back-up candidate in the event that attempts by acting athletic director David Joyner's six-person search committee to lure Boise State coach Chris Petersen and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak to Happy Valley prove unsuccessful.

In four seasons with Blue Devils, Cutcliffe has a 15-33 record, including a 6-26 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play with no bowl appearances.

Cutcliffe also spent a seven-year stint as head coach at Mississippi from 1998-2004. In that time, he compiled a 44-29 record and led the Rebels to an SEC West division championship and Cotton Bowl win in 2003. Other stops in his coaching career include Tennessee and Notre Dame as an assistant.

The 57-year old currently was 3-9 with the Blue Devils in 2011.

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