They may be rivals on the field, but the three coaches of the Triangle ACC schools sat together at the Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview on Thursday, which marked a milestone. This coming fall will be the fifth straight season where North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke all have the same three coaches.
The tenures of Larry Fedora, Dave Doeren and David Cutcliffe combine to be the longest the Triangle ACC school football teams have experienced in more than 50 years.
Cutcliffe has been with his North Carolina school the longest, as he took over the Duke program in 2008. He holds a 52-61 record, but in 2013, Cutcliffe led the Blue Devils to their first 10-win season in program history. From 2012-16, Duke went to four straight bowl games for the first time ever.
Under Cutcliffe, Duke has been to half as many bowl games (four) in the last five years as the program went to (eight) in its first 90 years of existence.
Fedora will be entering his sixth season at North Carolina. He is 40-25 overall, which includes a 11-3 mark from 2014 when the Tar Heels won the Coastal Division. North Carolina has also been to four straight bowl games.
This fall will be Doeren’s fifth year with the N.C. State Wolfpack. He is just 25-26, but since going 3-9 in his first season, N.C. State is 22-15 under Doeren.
Since joining the ACC in 1953, the longest span all three of these football programs went without making a head coaching change was seven years from 1959-65. If Fedora, Cutcliffe and Doeren can each last through the 2019 season, they will tie that mark.