Kansas Jayhawks football loses significant part of coaching staff to Nevada

The longtime football coach will embark on new endeavors next season
Apr 30, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Matt Lubick
Apr 30, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Matt Lubick / Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Lubick has experienced a tumultuous journey over the past few years. The longtime college football assistant coach was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer that forms in blood cells in the bone marrow. He checked into the Anschutz Center for Advanced Medicine to begin chemotherapy in Oct. 2023.

Two years ago, Lance Leipold and the Kansas football program added Lubick to the staff as an offensive analyst. He has played a significant part in the Jayhawks' success, meeting with the team (usually virtually) and breaking down plays. Thankfully, he is recovering and recently landed a new position at a different school.

Matt Lubick signs deal to become next OC at Nevada

Lubick signed a contract to become Nevada's new offensive coordinator yesterday. He will spend his inaugural season in Reno performing his duties with new Wolfpack head coach Jeff Choate after they finished 2-10 this past season.

The son of former Colorado State coach Sonny Lubick, Matt has considerable experience on the sidelines. He has served as a wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at schools like Arizona State, Duke, and Ole Miss. Lubick was also the offensive coordinator at Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington.

Lubick will make his way back to the game of football in an expanded role. He is widely known as one of the best offensive minds and recruiters in the nation. Nevada's coach released a public comment after the signing was announced: “Matt has obviously had a long battle, and it’s really gratifying to see him come out the other end," Nevada coach Jeff Choate said.

It is a bittersweet moment for Jayhawk fans, as they will be losing a terrific assistant. However, the only thing that really matters is that he is healthy and has overcome his cancer. Kansas must search for new minds to run the offense with Jeff Grimes replacing Andy Kotelnicki as offensive coordinator.