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Matt Luke was named Ole Miss' interim coach following Hugh Freeze's resignation.

Matt Luke opens up about wanting to be Ole Miss’ next coach: ‘I’ve been preparing my whole life’

Matt Luke doesn’t want his coaching stint with Ole Miss to end this fall.

Speaking on The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday, the Rebels interim coach opened up about his desire to become Ole Miss’ next full-time coach. Luke, who has deep ties with the Rebels, was named Ole Miss’ interim leader after Hugh Freeze’s abrupt resignation in July.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Luke told Finebaum, when asked if he wanted the job full-time. “This is a job I’ve been preparing my whole life for. I’ve been coaching, now, 18 years under great head coaches. … Fourteen years of my career playing or coaching [have] been at Ole Miss, and so I feel like this is a job that I’ve been preparing for. And I want to take full advantage of this opportunity.”

Luke doesn’t have to look far to find inspiration. After all, Ed Orgeron was named LSU’s coach after going 6-2 as the Tigers’ leader last year following Les Miles’ firing.

Anything is possible, but the task for Luke won’t be easy in the coming months with questions continuing to swirl about Ole Miss’ future. Even if Luke earns the job full-time, future seasons could be rough after a punishment is determined following the NCAA’s investigation of the program.

To view Finebaum’s complete interview with Luke, click here.