Interim coach Matt Luke and Ole Miss upset Mississippi State 31-28 in the Egg Bowl Saturday night, and now the Rebels have a decision to make.
Ole Miss will be tasked with hiring a replacement coach after the team fired Hugh Freeze late this summer. The Rebels didn’t take much time before casting their vote.
The locker room broke out into chants of “We want Luke!” shortly after the game:
— Brennon Chapman (@B_ChapmanOM) November 24, 2017
The win brings Ole Miss to 6-6 on the season, which is impressive considering the metaphorical cloud hanging over Oxford before the season began. The Rebels have self-imposed bowl sanctions to deal with, so they won’t qualify for a bowl game, but a win on the road against a ranked Mississippi State team should suffice.
Ole Miss isn’t expected to keep Luke on as the full time head coach, but he’ll certainly be considered after the season the Rebels have had.
With the new December signing period beginning on Dec. 20, a decision in Oxford could be made sooner rather than later. Now we know where the players stand.