According to new reports, Lubick to Florida does not appear to be a done deal.
Sorry, Ochocinco, but the Florida Gators have reportedly found their new wide receivers coach and it’s Matt Lubick.
— InAllKindsOfWeather (@AllKindsWeather) January 12, 2015
Jim McElwain informed Gator Nation that it would enjoy the hire, and judging from Lubick’s pedigree, Coach Mac is more than right. Lubick served as wide receivers coach for the Oregon Ducks from 2013-14, and before that held the same position at Duke from 2010-12 (winning Football Scoop’s Wide Receivers Coach of the Year award in 2012). Oregon’s passing offense ranked in the top-25 both years under Lubick’s guidance, with a high-water mark in 2014 of 311 yards per game and 42 overall touchdowns.
Lubick is the son of legendary Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick, who helped put CSU’s program on the college football map, and was named Sports Illustrated’s Coach of the Year in 1994.
Wide receiver, which was for so many years considered the University of Florida’s benchmark position, has fallen under tough times recently. On the field, coaches have failed to develop talent, despite a bevy of highly-touted recruits. Off the field, controversy and turnover ruled the back pages. Former WR coach Aubrey Hill resigned amid athletic scandal allegations stemming from his previous stint with the Miami Hurricanes. He was followed by Joker Philips, who was dismissed from the team due to violating the NCAA’s bump rule. In his stead, former quarterback Chris Leak coached the unit that was marred by inconsistency, dropped passes and unfulfilled expectations.
In Lubick, it appears as though McElwain has brought in another dynamic individual with proven success to lead a key position group.