It was great for the Ole Miss Rebels to be back on the football field on Saturday.
After a tumultuous offseason that will loom over the program at least until the NCAA completes its investigation into the football program and former head coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels got back to actually playing football, and they defeated South Alabama 47-27.
Rebels interim coach Matt Luke, emotional before the game, got his first win for a team that has completely bought into what he has brought to it. And even if the Rebels had fallen, the players wouldn’t have wavered on Luke.
“I don’t think we needed the win for them to buy into Matt Luke,” Ole Miss offensive coordinator Phil Longo said, according to Antonio Morales of The Clarion-Ledger. “I think that was done the day he was hired. All he’s done since the day he was hired was confirmed what everybody felt with regards to their excitement about him being the guy. The win is just another positive to add.”
According to Luke himself, the players listening and full embrace of the coach and his message was evident on the field in the second half.
“I liked they didn’t panic,” he said. “That’s what we talked about at halftime, ‘When did we do board drills? We did board drills at the end of practice, not the beginning. It’s a four-quarter game, let’s finish.’ It gave us an opportunity to show them: keep working and things will go (well). I was very, very pleased with that.”
The Rebels take on UT-Martin at noon on Saturday in Oxford.
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