Matt Lubick, Duke’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, is leaving Duke after three seasons and has accepted a job at Oregon.
“Duke has made me a better coach, and more importantly, a better person,” Lubick said in a statement released by the school. “I’ll forever be appreciative of the players and their unrelenting commitment and dedication to the program, and I wish each of them nothing but continued success going forward.”
Lubick, who also served as Duke’s passing game coordinator, was one of 29 nominees for the 2012 Broyles Award, which goes to the top assistant coach in the nation. Duke was the only BCS school with a trio of wide receivers to each catch at least 60 passes as seniors Desmond Scott and Conner Vernon, along with sophomore Jamison Crowder, all touched that mark. Vernon also left as the ACC’s all-time leader in receptions (283) and receiving yards (3,749).
“Obviously, I’m going to miss him,” said Kurt Roper, Duke’s offensive coordinator. “But I wish him luck. He’s a great football coach, and it was great working with him.”
Lubick will join new Oregon coach Mark Helfrich’s staff. Helfrich was promoted from his offensive coordinator position when former head coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL. Scott Frost was promoted to offensive coordinator from his position as wide receivers coach.
The Ducks have gone to a BCS bowl in each of the past four seasons and played in the 2011 BCS title game. Over the past four years, the Ducks are 46-7.
Lubick played four years at NAIA Western Montana College and earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State in 2005. Before coming to Duke, Lubick was an assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Arizona State from 2007-09, where he also coached safeties. Prior to that, he coached wide receivers at Ole Miss (2005-06), where he worked with former Duke assistant Matt Luke.
Roper said the staff would sit down and talk in the coming days, and ultimately head coach David Cutcliffe would decide who would take over Lubick’s responsibilities.
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