A month ago, few people in the college football world knew who Matt Luke was. Now, he’s the interim coach at Ole Miss, his alma mater.
Luke had been on Freeze’s staff since 2012 and served as the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator. He also played at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and was a captain on the ’98 team. Luke has coaching experience from his time at Murray State, Tennessee and Duke.
He’ll have to pick up the pieces of a program that’s at a crossroads. The Rebels have a ton of returning talent, especially on the offensive side of the ball, led by sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson. But Luke’s team can’t play in a bowl game because the school has imposed a bowl ban for the 2017 season. The school is also awaiting its hearing from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which is set for Sept. 11.
What’s worse looking ahead is that the current recruiting class is in the tank. The Rebels have just seven commits and have by far the lowest-rated signing class in the SEC —and rank just No. 90 nationwide — for the 2018 cycle. That’s a far cry from the 2016 class, which was ranked No. 5 in the country.
Even in Freeze’s final days, Ole Miss fans were very supportive of him, as ended his run at Ole Miss with an approval rating 76.8.
Luke is set to make $1.1 million this season, a bump up in salary that came with the promotion. The Rebels open their 2017 season against South Alabama on Sept. 2.
Vote on Ole Miss coach Matt Luke’s approval rating:
About the numbers
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents who select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5 percent approval rating.
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