Ole Miss has named Matt Luke as the interim head football coach following Hugh Freeze’s sudden resignation Thursday night.
Luke is a graduate of Ole Miss and was set to enter his sixth season as the Rebels’ co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He has been on the staff since Freeze’s arrival back in 2012 and has spent a total of 10 seasons with the program.
Luke played center for the Rebels from 1995-98, serving as team captain for the ’98 team.
Luke has also coached at Murray State, Tennessee and Duke. He served as a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for the Volunteers from 2006-07, then went on to be Duke’s offensive coordinator/running game coordinator and offensive line coach from 2008-11. He coached the offensive line at Murray State from 2000-01.
After Murray State, Luke made his first turn as a coach at Ole Miss, coaching tight ends for four seasons.
The Rebels brought a new offensive and defensive coordinator this offseason, hiring Phil Longo to run the offense and Wesley McGriff to run the defense. Longo was previously the architect of the high-powered Sam Houston State offense. McGriff came over from Auburn, where he coached defensive backs.
The Rebels open their 2017 season Sept. 2 at home against South Alabama. The Rebels were picked to finish last in the SEC West at SEC Media Days.
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