Matt Luke is an Ole Miss Rebel through and through. He’s an alum who played center in Oxford, he has family that has suited up for the school and he’s entering his 10th season as a coach there.
In the wake of Hugh Freeze’s surprising resignation on Thursday, it’s safe to say that the program has someone at the helm in Luke that has a love for the university despite being put in this difficult situation.
On Friday, Luke got his first chance to speak with his players, and he made a pledge to them.
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) July 21, 2017
Those words don’t ring hollow with the Gulfport, Miss. native.
Luke had served as a co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Ole Miss since 2012, Freeze’s first year with the school. Prior to that, he was an offensive line/tight ends coach for the Rebels from 2002-05.
In four seasons as a center with the Rebels from 1995-98, Luke started in 33 career games and was a team captain in 1998. His father, Tommy, played as a defensive back at Ole Miss in the 1960s.
His brother, Tom, was a quarterback at the school from 1989-91 and now has a role as assistant athletics director for player development on Ole Miss’ staff.