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Ex-Blue Devil WR, assistant returning to Duke as coach

Scottie Montgomery

A couple of weeks after losing an assistant to Oregon, David Cutcliffe has hired a very familiar replacement to fill that spot on his Duke coaching staff.

The Blue Devils announced Monday that Scottie Montgomery has been hired as the football program’s associate head coach, passing-game coordinator and wide receivers coach.  The latter two titles were held by Matt Lubick, who left last month for the Ducks, while the former title was held by Ron Middleton before he left for a job in the NFL.

According to Cutcliffe, the decision to bring Montgomery home was a no-brainer right from the start.

“When myself and Kurt Roper and the offensive staff got together and looked at the possibilities across the country to replace two coaches, we started in one place,” the head coach said in a statement.  “We wanted to hire the best football coach that we could hire and who we thought was the best football coach in America. That came to Scottie Montgomery – it started there; nowhere else.”

Montgomery spent four seasons (2006-09) after a Blue Devils player career (1996-99) that saw him earn All-ACC honors as a receiver.  He’s still fourth and sixth in receptions and receiving yards, respectively, on the school’s all-time list.

The past three seasons, Montgomery has served as the receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I am extremely happy to be at Duke University,” Montgomery said.  “We have the best football program in college football because of, first and foremost, David Cutcliffe. And when I had the ability to come back and work for him, it made things a lot easier than a lot of people might think.

“When I went to Pittsburgh, my ideal was to become a better coach,” Montgomery continued.  “When I came back to Duke, it’s the same deal – I came back to be a better coach. Not only are our players striving for excellence, but one of the things Coach (Cutcliffe) has always pushed on me is that ambition would drive us to another level. And my ambition is to become a better coach, and that’s why I’m here.”

(Photo credit: Pittsburgh Steelers)

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6 Responses to “Ex-Blue Devil WR, assistant returning to Duke as coach”
  1. Deb says: Feb 12, 2013 11:10 PM

    Don’t know if Scottie left the Steelers by request or by choice, but it’s best for all involved. The effectiveness of Pittsburgh’s receiving corps has declined the last couple of years, and the team needs to go in a new direction. But I still wish him all the best with Duke and appreciate his desire to keep striving for excellence.

  2. v2the4 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:32 AM

    I have to respectfully disagree you there Deb on the effectiveness of the Pittsburg Steelers receiveing corps. I believe the receivers in Pittsburgh were handcuffed by injuries suffered by Big Ben, and the aging non mobile qbs in Bryon Leftwich and the nearly 40 yr Charlie Batch.

    when healthy, Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace formed one of the best tandems in the league, and if throw 2nd year WR Emanuel Sanders in the mix, that was a pretty good top three. The Steelers must get younger, as they still have two veteran dinosaurs at WR in Jericho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress.

    The Steelers are about to go into salary cap hell, and will release some very popular, but expensive veterans soon, and a big time transition is about to take place in the steel city.

    Scottie Montgomery will be an excellent coach at Duke, and Im sure he will be running his own program in the next few years.

  3. pdmjr says: Feb 13, 2013 7:13 AM

    Steelers WRs are undisciplined, hopefully the new coach will light a fire under their butts

    Burress is not on team.. I expect them to address the poition in the first 3 rounds.

    Montgomery was shown the door

  4. Deb says: Feb 13, 2013 12:58 PM

    @v2the4 …

    We’ll have to respectfully agree to disagree. As pdmjr said, the Steelers receiving corps last season was extremely undisciplined. Too many drops and fumbles. Burress signed a one-year contract, and is gone now.

    Wallace is not expected to return–and I am thankful for that. His attitude was a cancer. He sat out the entire off-season in a snit over contract negotiations, despite the fact that we were converting to an entirely new offense. He was ineffective when he returned and blamed his inability to catch the ball on losing focus because we spent too much time handing off to the running backs. Seriously? Both Harris and Bleier put in 1000-yard seasons during our Dynasty years, but Swan and Stallworth still managed to catch the ball when it came their way. They didn’t lose focus while the backs were running the ball.

    Antonio Brown is already working out regularly in the Steelers practice facility long before OTAs begin. That’s the kind of dedication this receiving corps needs. Sanders is a free agent that I’d love re-sign, and I’m a fan of Cotchery, who reminds me of Ward. But we need a coach who understands Haley’s offense.

  5. ironman721 says: Feb 13, 2013 5:00 PM

    Make no mistake that d-bag Haley is driving all the offensive coaches out. Should have kept Bruce!

  6. agc99 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:50 AM

    Was this another Steeler retirement like BA?

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