3. Duke—David Cutcliffe (football) and Mike Krzyzewski (men’s basketball)
Highlights: Four national championships (Krzyzewski), 11 Final Fours (Krzyzewski), ACC Championship Game appearance (Cutcliffe)
Mike Krzyzewski has been the coach of the Duke men’s basketball program since 1980. During that time period, the Blue Devils’ football team never won more than eight games. Until last season, that is.
David Cutcliffe led Duke to a 10-4 season in 2013, highlighted by an ACC Coastal Division title and a Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance.
“I think the job coach Cutcliffe and the staff have done—along with teaming up with our athletic director Kevin White and our school, our school our department and our football program—they’ve all made a commitment to excellence in our football program and it has shown good signs,” Krzyzewski said.
There are surely football coaches with more sustained success than Cutcliffe—many, in fact—but due to Coach K being, by far, the nation’s No. 1 college basketball coach, Duke is able to check in at No. 3 on this ranking.