Ole Miss removes interim tag, names Matt Luke full-time coach

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Ole Miss made it official on Sunday night and officially named Matt Luke it’s full-time coach.

A press conference is scheduled for Monday morning. Luke went 6-6 as the interim, which included a win over No. 14 Mississippi State this past Thursday. Luke had met with the team on Sunday night prior to news coming out.

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 as well.

Luke will be one of at least 4 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 two commitments on Sunday.

Ole Miss is still waiting to hear from the NCAA as to what their 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 pretty happy on Sunday night.

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Connor Riley – SEC Country

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