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Matt Lubick says he's staying at Nebraska after interviewing at Montana State

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Matt Lubick has decided to stay in Lincoln instead of pursue MSU's head coaching job.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Matt Lubick is staying in Lincoln.

The Nebraska offensive coordinator and receivers coach went deep into the running for the head coaching job at FCS Montana State, but turned it down to remain on Scott Frost’s staff, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Lincoln Journal Star on Monday. Lubick later affirmed his decision in a tweet to the Omaha World Herald and his father, former MSU coach Sonny Lubick (1978-81), also provided confirmation to the paper.

"It's always nice when another school wants you for an opportunity," Sonny Lubick said. "But the lure for Matt went back to his commitment to Nebraska and his commitment to (Huskers coach) Scott Frost."

Lubick, 49, interviewed for the MSU job Saturday, multiple sources told the Journal Star, but ultimately decided to stay in Lincoln.

Lubick, though, was born in Bozeman and has extensive connections to the area and to MSU.

Jeff Choate, who coached Montana State's football team from 2016 to 2020, is leaving to be co-defensive coordinator at Texas.

Lubick also played college football at Montana Western alongside current Montana State assistants in B.J. Robertson and Brian Armstrong, meaning he’s got familiar faces potentially already in place and resources to help him get an understanding of what the job entails. 

It was also an opportunity for Lubick to run his own program after more than two decades as an assistant. He has been a college football coach for each of the past 26 years except for 2018, but has never been a head coach.

Sonny Lubick spent more than a decade at MSU as a head coach and assistant. Not only that, but Lubick also worked from 2007-09 at Arizona State under former Sun Devil coach Dennis Erickson, a Montana State graduate and long-ago Bobcat assistant coach who is still respected in the area and is part of the school’s head coaching search committee.

Lubick's withdrawal leaves a greater air of uncertainty with the MSU job. Officials say the program won't comment on the process until a coach is hired, though they've indicated they hoped to have a successor for head coach Jeff Choate quickly.

Choate announced his resignation from MSU less than two weeks ago. The fifth-year coach is now an assistant at Texas.

Former Nebraska and Oregon State coach Mike Riley was said to have interest but told the Omaha World Herald he isn't a candidate. Ex-NFL coach Jeff Fisher also is said to be interested and tweeted a photo Saturday from an airplane arriving in Bozeman.

Former MSU assistant Jason McEndoo, now an assistant at Oklahoma State, also is thought to be in the conversation. McEndoo did not respond to a request from 406mtsports.com for comment.

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