Duke officially promotes Scottie Montgomery to OC

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Scottie Montgomery returned to Duke as an offensive assistant in 2013.  (USATSI)
Scottie Montgomery returned to Duke as an offensive assistant in 2013. (USATSI)

When Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper left for the same position at Florida, former Blue Devils star and current assistant Scottie Mongtomery was an immediate name mentioned for his replacement. CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reported that Montgomery would be elevated to offensive coordinator on Jan. 13, and according to the Durham Herald-Sun the team was informed of the change on Thursday.

On Monday, Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe made the promotion officially official with his own announcement.

"Scottie Montgomery is the person I had the most confidence in as I looked at all of the potential candidates," Cutcliffe said. "We have a systematic approach. People don't understand how much the system and the way we practice applies to who we are. Scottie was with us as a very young coach early on, but boy did he buy into to how we coach and practice. And I think he took a lot of that to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that he's back, he's grown and he's become such a great football coach.

"Scottie and I have had hours and hours of conversation, and he's been in our system two different times, been away a little while, so there's a little spice involved with him coming back with thoughts that can add to what we're doing."

Montgomery was an all-ACC wide receiver as a player (1996-99) then returned to Duke after a brief NFL career as an assistant (2006-09); working for both Ted Roof and David Cutcliffe. He spent three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before returning to the Blue Devils for a second stint as an assistant in 2013.

In addition to the promotion from quarterbacks/wide receivers coach to Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Cutcliffe announced that Montgomery will become the primary play-caller for gamedays.

In 2013, Duke's offense set single-season school records for total offensive yards (5,966), total points (459) and total touchdowns (60). Kurt Roper was hired by Florida in December, but stayed on to coach the team in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M.

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