Ole Miss made it official on Sunday night and officially named Matt Luke its full-time coach.
A news conference is scheduled for Monday morning. Luke went 6-6 as the interim, which included a win over No. 14 Mississippi State on Thursday. Luke had met with the team on Sunday night prior to the news coming out.
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 27, 2017
Luke is a former Ole Miss player and captain. He had served as an assistant under two different stretches from 2002-05. Luke was named the interim coach after the school parted ways with Hugh Freeze in July amid scandal.
The search firm Ole Miss used was the Turnkey Search, which was the same one LSU used a year ago when it promoted Ed Orgeron to full-time coach from interim status, according to Antonio Morales of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
The Rebels won SEC games against Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State and nearly beat Arkansas and Texas A&M.
Luke will be one of at least four new full-time coaches in the SEC West next year, as Texas A&M, Arkansas and Mississippi State all will have new coaches.
Ole Miss also picked up two commitments on Sunday.
Ole Miss still is waiting to hear from the NCAA as to what its penalties will be regarding the NCAA’s investigation. On Thursday, Ross Bjork told ESPN that those penalties could come as early as this week and as late as possibly two weeks.
After Ole Miss beat Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl, the players began to campaign for Luke to get the full-time job. They were happy on Sunday night.
— DJ Jones (@djjones_44) November 27, 2017
— Javon Patterson (@JPatterson__8) November 27, 2017