Cutcliffe coaches by teaching
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Cutcliffe coaches by teaching

Duke's head coach gets his message across developing talent

Photo: David Cutcliffe

DURHAM, N.C. — The best football coaches, at any level, like to say they are teachers first.

What they mean is we, the public, view them as “coaching” athletes. They see themselves “teaching” their players fundamentals, schemes and game plans. If the message doesn’t get across on Saturday afternoon, they failed to explain it in a way their “students” absorbed the information. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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