Report: Ole Miss to hire Matt Luke for full-time job
It has been a day of crazy coaching rumors in the SEC, as Sunday has seen drama surrounding Greg Schiano at Tennessee, Florida hiring Dan Mullen and Texas A&M firing Kevin Sumlin.
However, down in Oxford, the Ole Miss Rebels put the finishing touches on a rather simple coaching search, hiring interim coach Matt Luke to the full-time position.
According to a report from Neal McCready, the Rebels are prepared to make Luke, who is coming off a huge win in the Egg Bowl, the permanent head coach:
A source familiar with Ole Miss' search tells @rebelgrove Ole Miss will take the interim tag off Matt Luke and make him the Rebels' permanent coach. We haven't confirmed that but we are comfortable with the sourcing.
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) November 27, 2017
Luke led the Rebels to a surprising 6-6 record this year, ending with an upset of rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl on Thursday night.
The Rebels are serving a self-imposed one-year bowl ban, so they won’t be going to postseason play this year, and star QB Shea Patterson went down with a season-ending injury earlier this year, so Luke’s coaching performance was especially impressive.
Whether or not the Rebels face more NCAA penalties remains to be seen, but it seems as if Luke is a good fit for Ole Miss at this point in time.