Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach and former Blue Devil receiver Scottie Montgomery will return to Duke according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Mark Kaboly. Montgomery previously served as Duke’s wide receivers coach from 2006 to 2009.
Although it was originally rumored that Montgomery would be named Duke’s offensive coordinator, Kurt Roper will retain his current position. No official announcement has been made regarding Montgomery’s hiring.
The Blue Devils have lost two members of their coaching staff in the past two weeks, with wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick departing for the University of Oregon and tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Ron Middleton taking a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Montgomery, who played four NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, played a major role in recruiting for Duke during his first coaching stint with the Blue Devils, and could potentially fill Lubick’s former role as recruiting coordinator as well.
In his four years as a coach at Duke, Montgomery mentored wide receivers Jomar Wright and Eron Riley. Wright had 56 catches for 599 yards and five touchdowns in his senior season in 2007. Riley capped his career in 2008 by recording 61 receptions for 693 yards and eight touchdowns before signing a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens.