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NFF Cutcliffe father and son coaching tree

Chris Cutcliffe learned from father and mother he wanted to teach and coach

Photo: David Cutclife, Chris Cutcliffe and Cincinnati Coach Tommy Tuberville (right) at the 2012 Belk Bowl

David Cutcliffe described himself as a “basket case” on a long ago Friday night. It was the day before his 2003 Ole Miss team he coached faced visiting Alabama at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Ms.

At the time Cutcliffe had Ole Miss off to a 2-0 start in SEC play. But it wasn’t the Crimson Tide that had Cutcliffe’s nerves jangling. ...

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

Purchase Raye of Light from Barnes and Noble, or from August Publishing.

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