Ole Miss fires football coach Matt Luke

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Ole Miss Rebels head football coach Matt Luke has been fired. He is let go after three seasons.

He went 15-21 during his tenure at the school. His final game of his tenure came with a dog urination fiasco that saw Ole Miss lose the Egg Bowl to the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Thanksgiving night at Davis Wade Stadium.

Ole Miss Football Helmet
Ole Miss Football Helmet (Photo by Ole Miss Athletics)

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level,” Carter said. “While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke was named the Interim head coach when Hugh Freeze was forced to resign before the 2017 season. He earned the full-time position after guiding the program to a 6-6 record.

However, in the last two seasons, the Rebels have nine combined wins. The team is 9-15.

The team decreased each season in wins from six to five to now four this season. Also, Ole Miss was 6-18 in Southeastern Conference play.

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