Cutcliffe learned from OT experience with checklist
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Cutcliffe learned from OT experience with checklist

Duke coach in involved in 7 OT loss in time as Ole Miss boss

Photo: Duke coach David Cutcliffe follows a checklist he devised for overtime games.

The overwhelmingly devastating experience of losing a seven-overtime game to Arkansas has remained all these years later with David Cutcliffe. At the time he was Mississippi’s head coach in 2001, but it still hurts.

So when the eighth-year Duke head coach found his Blue Devils locked in a four-overtime marathon Saturday at Virginia Tech, Cutcliffe’s team was uniquely prepared to pull out a 45-43 victory in what was the longest OT game in ACC history. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He 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. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented 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. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."