Matt Luke has been put in a strange position, taking over as interim head coach after the resignation of Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss. Luke, a former Rebels player and alumnus of the university, has called it his dream job.
He will be trying to earn the full-time position as he leads Ole Miss during the 2017 season. To do that, he must meet some expectations, according to someone who knows him well: his father.
Tom Luke, who played at Ole Miss during the 1960s, stated on WNSP that his son will have to win six to eight games to be considered for the permanent job.
The younger Luke will fight an uphill battle for those wins, as the Rebels return a team that went 5-7 last season and has already self-imposed a bowl ban due to NCAA violations. Even if those wins come, the university might look outside of the current coaching staff for a bigger name hire that would ignite the fan base.
The challenges have been set for Luke: will he just fill in the holes for now, or can he become the head man in Oxford for a long time? A lot will depend on the next several months.