Just a little mop up duty here late on Saturday night.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers‘ WR coach Scottie Montgomery will be announced as the East Carolina head coach. The hiring was first reported by Bruce Feldman.
Montgomery served as the Steelers’ WR coach from 2010 to 2012, making the jump from the college ranks after beginning his coaching career at Duke in the same role. He was responsible for coaching up Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown, and the last two years of Hines Ward’s career. Montgomery was replaced by Richard Mann after the 2012 season, going back to Duke to serve as the offensive coordinator. He replaces Ruffin McNeil, who was surprisingly fired by the Pirates earlier this week.
Though I’m sure he didn’t coin the term, I always remember his expression of being “quick to the tuck,” a receiver’s ability to get upfield immediately after the catch. He was also known for sporting all-black during the dog days of training camp.
Montgomery takes a similar path to Mike Tomlin, securing a head coaching gig at a young age. Tomlin was hired at 36 while Montgomery is 37. Tomlin’s in the NFL, of course, but still impressive for both players in a world where being a minority head coach is a difficult path to take.