When it comes to the most knowledgable and respected minds in college football, you can’t do much better than David Cutcliffe.

The long-time college football coach has ties all across the South during his coaching career that spans all the way back to the 1970s. Considering he’s not one to make many bold comments or step out on a ledge when it comes to important topics, when Duke’s coach suggests playing a conference-only schedule may be the best way to move forward, it may be in everyone’s best interest to hear Cutcliffe out.

While it may still be too early to make these decisions, at least for everyone but the Big Ten, Cutcliffe shared his thoughts on the topic during a recent appearance on SiriusXM radio.

“I’m going give you what my opinion is, and this is all this is, I think it’s gonna head more in that direction [conference-only scheduling],” Cutcliffe said on the air. “As every meeting that you’ve been a part of gets more and more complex as to how we’re going to do this, not that we want to do it — yeah we want to play, but how we’re going to do it, how we’re going to accomplish this.

“The season is going to be disrupted independently of teams and I think conference-only play allows you to have flexibility in scheduling. I think that when, don’t give lip service to player, health being first. It puts you in a league to where everybody’s within the same protocol. It’s how the NFL is trying to move forward with a 32-team league. If we do it in a 14-team league and do it well, we can complete a season.”

One final thought from Duke’s coach, he believes college football’s unique season may turn out to be one fans really enjoy, all things considered.

“I think we have to be flexible. I think the fans will enjoy the difference in the creativity that surrounds a unique season,” Cutcliffe continued. “I’m open to anything, to be honest with you, but I think that’s our best shot to be really honest.”

You can check out the clip from Cutcliffe below.