Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Gulfport native Matt Luke named permanent Ole Miss head coach

Nov 23 2017 Starkville MS USA Mississippi Rebels head coach Matt Luke walks on the field before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium Ole Miss Football: OHT's Top Candidates For Next Ole Miss Head Coach
Betsy Taylor | 28 November, 2017, 01:38

In front of the team, the interim tag was removed and Matt Luke was named the permanent head coach.

The Florida Gators hired Dan Mullen as head coach on Sunday, leaving MSU looking for a replacement.

Now Luke has a four-year contract that's worth $12.6 million.

While Ole Miss has self-imposed sanctions for its past NCAA violations including disqualification from a bowl game this season, many never thought the Rebels would actually achieve bowl-eligibility in 2017. Mullen, 45, spent the last 13 years in the Southeastern Conference, cultivating offenses, developing quarterbacks and turning Mississippi State into a title contender.


Experts believe these are two moves that are having a big impact on the sports community in Mississippi.

Luke guided the Rebels to a 6-6 record this season after taking over for Hugh Freeze, who resigned under pressure in July. Now, with a 6-6 record and no football left to build a resume on Matt Luke's days as an interim head coach are over.

"(Luke) is a solid guy. The weekly honor marks the third of his career, as he also earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week accolades following the Rebels' 2015 win over Alabama and the 2016 victory at Texas A&M.

To him, the Ole Miss job isn't a stepping stone.

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