Sources: Montgomery returning to Cutcliffe’s staff
Duke coach David Cutcliffe is filling one of the openings on his staff with a face and name familiar to Blue Devil fans.
Scottie Montgomery, one of the best wide receivers in Duke history and a member of the coaching staff from 2006-09, has agreed to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers staff to return to Duke.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported Friday that the 34-year-old Montgomery, who left Duke to become the Steelers’ wide receivers coach in February 2010, was leaving to coach at Duke again.
Duke sources confirmed that Montgomery has agreed to return to the Blue Devils, and his hiring is expected to be finalized early next week.
Sports information director Art Chase said the school had no announcement regarding a hiring. Neither Cutcliffe nor Montgomery were available for comment on Friday.
Cutcliffe has two openings to fill after recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Matt Lubick and associate head coach/special teams coordinator Ron Middleton departed. Lubick joined Oregon’s staff while Middleton is heading to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
Beginning in 2006, Montgomery was Duke’s wide receivers coach for the final two years of Ted Roof’s tenure as head coach and the first two years after Cutcliffe took over.
Montgomery helped recruit Conner Vernon, who in December finished his Duke career as the ACC leader in receiving yards (3,749), receptions (283) and consecutive games with at least one reception (48).
Exact details of Montgomery’s duties were not finalized on Friday, sources said.
Chase said, no matter who is added to Duke’s staff, offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will retain with his current duties.
“Kurt Roper is Duke’s offensive coordinator and will continue to handle the play-calling element as he has for the past five seasons,” Chase said. “Coach Cutcliffe and Coach Roper are working together to fill the vacancies on the offensive staff.”
Montgomery arrived at Duke from Burns High School in Cleveland County in western N.C. Between 1996-99, Montgomery caught 171 passes for 2,379 yards. In 1998 and 1999, he won Duke’s most valuable player award.
Montgomery began his NFL career in 2000 as an undrafted free agent in training camp with the Carolina Panthers. He played three seasons with the Denver Broncos, from 2000-02, and spent 2003 with the Oakland Raiders.