Nebraska needed some change. A few months after the 2019 season came to an end, the Huskers decided to mix things up a bit, parting ways with offensive coordinator Troy Walters, who had been on Scott Frost’s staff since 2016 at UCF.
Frost didn’t waste much time after the divorce. A few hours after the announcement that Nebraska and Walters “mutually agreed” to part ways, it was announced that former Washington offensive coordinator Matt Lubick would be coming to Lincoln. Lubick and Frost worked at Oregon together under Chip Kelly.
It was an easy decision for Lubick to team up with his former colleague. And it’s pretty clear that he has the utmost respect for Frost and what he’s attempting to do at Nebraska.
“I think he’s the best in the business,” Lubick told the Omaha World-Herald. “The best coaches that I’ve been around are the ones that can connect with their players. Not necessarily the smartest, but can connect. Players, they generally will figure out if you care about them. That takes time. That’s not going to happen on day one. You build trust by building relationships and having one-on-one conversations and spending time.”
After a third-straight losing season — the second under Frost — the Huskers needed something different. That’s what their getting with Lubick.
Lubick has spent most of his coaching career on the West Coast, with stops at Oregon, Washington, Oregon State and San Diego State, most notably. He’s also spent some time on the other side of the country, helping on the staff at Duke and Ole Miss, as well. This will be his first B1G stop.
Perhaps with his knowledge of Frost, and having worked with him at Oregon, Lubick will provide the spark the Huskers need to put an end to the postseason drought and get back to posting winning records on a regular basis.