On the eve of National Signing Day, Duke lost its associate head coach.
Ron Middleton, who has been on David Cutcliffe's staffs dating back to his days at Ole Miss, is leaving the Blue Devils to take a position with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the school confirmed Tuesday. Middleton was Duke's special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.
Middleton, a 10-year NFL veteran who was undrafted out of Auburn, was on Cutcliffe's staff at Ole Miss from 1999-2003. He left the Rebels one year before Cutcliffe was dismissed to work as an assistant head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Jon Gruden from 2004-2006. He coached tight ends for one year (2007) at Alabama before joining Cutcliffe at Duke.
Middleton is the second Duke assistant to leave this offseason. On Jan. 25, the school announced that wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick was leaving to take a job at Oregon.