Ole Miss hasn’t exactly played world-beaters, but the Rebels are 2-0 to start the season and there is some optimism regarding coach Matt Luke.
Luke had been on Freeze’s staff since 2012 and served as the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator. He also played at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and was a captain on the ’98 team. Luke has coaching experience from his time at Murray State, Tennessee and Duke.
The Rebels beat South Alabama and Tennessee-Martin due in large part to Shea Patterson and A.J. Brown. No one has thrown for more yards on a per game basis than Patterson and Brown set a school record for receiving yards in the team’s win against South Alabama.
Luke’s team can’t play in a bowl game because the school has imposed a bowl ban for the 2017 season. The school also awaits the results from its hearing with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which took place on Sept. 11.
What’s worse looking ahead is that the current recruiting class is in the tank. The Rebels have just eight commits and have by far the lowest-rated signing class in the SEC —and rank just No. 84 nationwide — for the 2018 cycle. That’s a far cry from the 2016 class, which ranked No. 5 in the country. Ole Miss is the only team in the SEC that does not have a commitment from a 4-star recruit.
Luke fared well in his first SEC Country approval poll, as he came in with a rating of 82, good for ninth.
Luke is set to make $1.1 million this season, a bump up in salary that came with his promotion. The Rebels go on the road for the first time this season when they travel to Cal on Saturday. The Rebels and Bears kick off at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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About the numbers
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents who select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5 percent approval rating.