Ole Miss fans and alumni had the chance to meet the coaches and the athletic director at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club this afternoon.
The sixth stop on the Rebel Road Trip filled the Ocean Springs Yacht Club with red, blue, and lots of ‘hotty toddys.’ Those who came out got the chance to hear from head coaches, get autographs, and show their Ole Miss pride.
For Head Football Coach and Gulfport native Matt Luke, it was a homecoming to show what his team will bring to the field in the 2019 season. “We’re just excited about the future. All of the garbage and junk is behind us now, back to 85 scholarships so that’s just positive momentum and just trying to build on that.”
A huge accomplishment for Luke as the 31 recruits he and his staff brought in rose them back to 81 scholarships for the first time since 2014. He says the coaching staff who helped him with that goal are going to be the ones who kick the players into high gear. “We have a lot of returning starters coming back, but what I am really excited about is our coaching staff. We have one of the most experienced and best coaching staffs in the entire country with Mike McIntire, Rich Rodriguez, just the experience that they bring. They see it from the big picture.”
While Head Basketball Coach Kermit Davis may not be a Coast native, he still showed just as much enthusiasm to be in South Mississippi. To say the least, Davis had an unexpected first season as a Rebel taking his team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. “I felt so good for our players because as a team that loss 13 out of the last 14, finished last, picked last and so nobody really thought maybe outside of our locker room that this could happen.”
Now, it’s all about building the foundation with the returning players as well as the recruits which he says includes the number one recruit out of our state. “We got to get more athletic. We have to have more rim protection around the rim, we have to get it to the post and score it better. We have two really good veteran guards coming back. I just think the incoming are going to give us more length. We are going to look more like a put together SEC team, young, but I think it is going to be fun for our fans to watch them grow.”