Matt Luke named full-time Ole Miss coach
From day one, Matt Luke made it clear that being the head football coach at Ole Miss was his destination job. A die hard Rebel through and through, the Gulfport native had four months to prove he was the man for that job without the interim title.
So, it’s safe to say some Gulfport residents might have become Ole Miss fans overnight after it was announced Luke would be the guy to lead the Rebels permanently late Sunday.
Luke took over for the embattled Hugh Freeze following his resignation in July, only to lead the Rebels to a record of 6-6 capped off by an Egg Bowl victory.
The Ole Miss graduate could face some dark days ahead as a result of potential NCAA sanctions, but Luke has a strong message to his players about his loyalty to the program. “Y’all know this is a dream of mine, but just like I told you before that last game, Mississippi is not a stepping stone. This is somewhere that I want to be and that I love and will be here until they run me out of here. And I love you guys, and even though they’re saying that I’m the new head coach, it’s not about me. It has been about you guys from the beginning and will continue to be about y’all, no matter what.”
Coach Luke has a four year contract worth $12.6 million. Overall, next season will be his 11th year as a coach in Oxford.