Ole Miss names interim Matt Luke its permanent coach

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He was the program's interim coach last season, leading the Rebels to a 6-6 record, including a 3-5 mark in the Southeastern Conference.

"We changed the culture in four months, imagine what we can do in a full off-season", Luke said.

Luke was a co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Ole Miss the five previous season.

The decision to remove Luke's interim tag surprised some, but this allows Luke and his staff to continue recruiting prospects they've been tracking for months and move forward with relationships built in his home state. Luke took over a week before the season began after Hugh Freeze's firing. When he announced to the team that Luke, who led the Rebels to a 6-6 record capped off by an Egg Bowl win over rival Mississippi State, was staying on in a full-time role, the room erupted.

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After his high school career at Gulfport, Luke played center for the Rebels from 1995-98.

With it still being unknown what the NCAA will decide, and other SEC jobs (Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M) opening at various points in the fall, Ole Miss found itself in a tough position with regards to the coaching market.

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

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