Duke to name Montgomery offensive coordinator
As had been expected, Duke is promoting Scottie Montgomery to replace Kurt Roper as its offensive coordinator.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe informed the Blue Devils during a team meeting Thursday morning that Montgomery, who coached wide receivers last season, will have play-calling responsibilities.
The Blue Devils, coming off a 10-4 season that included their first ACC Coastal Division championship, begin spring practice on Friday
The move comes after Roper, Duke’s offensive coordinator for the last six seasons, left in January to become Florida’s offensive coordinator.
A 1999 Duke graduate and former standout wide receiver for the Blue Devils, Montgomery returned to Duke last season after coaching wide receivers for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010-12. His title last year was associate head coach/offensive coordinator/passing game.
With Roper’s departure, Montgomery becomes the Blue Devils’ full offensive coordinator.
Sources said it has yet to be determined if Montgomery will continue to coach the wide receivers or take change of another position. Roper also coached Duke’s quarterbacks.
Cutcliffe said Wednesday that he is in the process of hiring a coach but has yet to decide which position the new hire would coach.
Last month, with everything pointing toward Montgomery taking over the offense, Duke all-ACC wide receiver Jamison Crowder said at the team’s season-ending football banquet that he thought Montgomery running the offense would work out well for the Blue Devils.
“It will be a great thing for our team,” Crowder said. “He has a lot of experience, both playing football at the next level, the highest level, and coaching on the highest level. It’s just going to be a great thing, great experience for the players and the coaches to have his schemes and strategies going into a ballgame. I can’t wait."
A Shelby native, Montgomery played four seasons at Duke and was twice named the team’s Carmon Falcone Award winner as most valuable player. He played in the NFL with Denver (2000-02) and Oakland (2003).
His first stint on Duke’s coaching staff lasted four seasons from 2006-09 as he worked for Ted Roof and Cutcliffe before leaving for the Steelers.
Crowder said he enjoyed working with Montgomery last season.
"He’s a great person, and he’s what you would call a player’s coach," Crowder said. "He knows how to relate to the wide receivers room and even all the other guys on the team at other positions, on the field and in the video room. I know Coach Mo. His enthusiasm and the energy he brings everyday, even the times where you may not feel like you’re ready to go out and practice, he’ll bring it out of you."