- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
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With all the focus on Mark Helfrich replacing Chip Kelly as Oregon's new head coach, the rest of the coaching moves haven't received nearly as much as they should have.
Former Nebraska national championship QB Scott Frost was promoted to offensive coordinator after four years as the Ducks' WR coach. Frost is one of the hottest young coaches in college football and his promotion to OC helps the Ducks keep him for at least another year. Adding to the youth movement on the Ducks' staff is his replacement, former Duke WR coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick. Lubick has assumed the same roles in Eugene that he had in Durham.
Not only did Lubick help the Blue Devils WR corps to a record-breaking year in 2012, he also had the Blue Devils in contention for some high-level recruits from around the country. His reach extended as far west as Nevada and California, as he had Duke in play for two OL recruits that had Oregon offers. Duke was the likely destination for recent Oregon commit Elijah George (Las Vegas/Arbor View) until Lubick got to Oregon and made sure that George was offered. He helped the Blue Devils land players from Northern California, Southern California, Las Vegas and Texas.
At Duke, Lubick was able to cast a wide recruiting net due to the prestige of Duke's academic prestige. At Oregon, he will be able to cast an even wider net due to the success of the Oregon football program. Lubick has an extensive network of contacts due to being around college football his entire life. His father, Sonny Lubick, is well known in the college football world for orchestrating the great Miami defenses from 1988-1992. After being named head coach at Colorado State in 1993, he went on to become the winningest coach in Rams' history. His network comes from the wide range of positions held by both himself and his father.
Lubick started his coaching career as a graduate assistant upon graduating from Colorado State in 1995. In 1996 he moved on to coach at Cal-State Northridge for one season before being hired at San Jose State. Like his father once did, Lubick was hired by Dennis Erickson on Oregon State's staff as the DB coach and helped guide the Beavers to their best season in program history. He then left for his alma mater and spent four years in Fort Collins as the Rams' WR coach. He then moved on to coach the WR at Ole Miss where he helped the Rebels land their best recruiting classes in history. Before heading to Duke, Lubick grew his reputation while guiding Arizona State to three of their best recruiting classes in history, including being the lead-recruiter for Vontaze Burfict, who became the Sun Devils' highest-rated recruit ever. At Duke he coached a WR corps that set records in 2011 and 2012, including having three players with at least 66 receptions in 2012.
His connections in all corners of the country, his experience and his proven ability to close on some elite recruits will only be bolstered by joining the Oregon program. The Ducks are gaining momentum daily in the college football world and Lubick could help them get to an even higher level in terms of recruiting. The Ducks' signed five WR in the Class of 2012 and currently have two WR commits in Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) and Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep)