Duke head coach David Cutcliffe had some very nice things to say about FSU Athletics Director Stan Wilcox today at his ACC Championship Game press conference. Wilcox, who was hired by FSU President Eric J. Barron earlier this year, was formerly the Blue Devils Senior Deputy Director of Athletics.
Here is a transcript of Cutcilffe's Wilcox-related comments:
Opening statement - "Good afternoon. I first have to say our good friend Stan Wilcox, I think magic follows him wherever he goes apparently as the Director of Athletics at Florida State. Stan, it's great to see you. He's been very close to our program the previous five years, and we're very proud of contributions that Stan has made to Duke football, and I know that the Florida State family is very fortunate to have him there.
Also very honored to play a Florida State team that truly is the No. 1 team in the country. I've had the good fortune through the years to play some No. 1 teams in this profession, some of them looked like No. 1 teams, some of them don't. Florida State certainly is. So a huge challenge."
Q: Getting back to Stan, he said he got to see the second half of your game against NC State. Did you guys make an appointment for tomorrow? And what's the irony of a guy that helped you build this now is now trying to tear it down? -
"You know, we did talk about that there's some destiny involved in this back when. I knew they were holding up their end of it. That was easy. I wasn't so sure that we would be able to. You know, there's a lot of irony in there, but when you work with special people, and Stan is special, you're not going to break the bond of the friendship we've formed. And I would say that even as the Director of Athletics at Florida State, Stan has to feel some form of a sense of pride with these young men at Duke that he has relationships with and he's happy for them. We all know who he's for in the ballgame, including me, I'm not kidding myself. But I think it's a special circumstance, and that's why I opened with that, because our players are very, very fond of Stan Wilcox."