Duke coaching search: Cowboys’ George Edwards among lead candidates to take over for David Cutcliffe


The coaching carousel has been swinging wildly in college football, and with things heating up in the ACC on Monday, Duke football appears to be getting closer to making a decision on its vacancy. Having already parted ways with David Cutcliffe in November, the Blue Devils are casting a net that’s reached the ranks of the NFL as Duke is showing interest in a familiar face.

George Edwards, who currently serves as a senior defensive assistant for the Dallas Cowboys, has emerged as a lead candidate to take over for Cutcliff at Duke, sources tell CBS Sports. A former four-year letterman of the Blue Devils who later served as an assistant in 1996, the interest is likely mutual, but time will tell whether Duke can pry Edwards away from the pro ranks and a defense that is currently ranked among the top five in the NFL.

From the perspective of the Cowboys, this isn’t a unique situation. In 2020, they went to bat against Boise State as the Broncos attempted to peel away offensive coordinator Kellen Moore — a record-setting quarterback in his time at BSU — to become their next coach. Owner Jerry Jones instead whipped out his bottomless checkbook and made Moore an offer he couldn’t refuse, one that was attached to a three-year contract extension to keep him in Dallas.

Edwards was once responsible for leading a perennially top-10 defense for the Minnesota Vikings under Mike Zimmer and was a 2020 frontrunner to land the defensive coordinator job in Dallas before the Cowboys pivoted to Dan Quinn and subsequently awarded…


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