Matt Luke led Ole Miss to a 6-6 season as interim coach, and then, the former Rebels player became the team’s full-time coach on Sunday. However, it almost didn’t go like that.
According to USA Today’s Dan Wolken, North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren nearly became the new Ole Miss coach, until the Rebels beat Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving and decided to promote Luke.
Doeren had cancelled recruiting visits for his assistants this past Sunday in anticipation of an announcement that he’d be the new Ole Miss coach, according to Wolken.
Since the potential deal with the Rebels fell through, Doeren’s representatives have tried to get him involved in the job openings for Tennessee and Mississippi State, per Wolken. (The Bulldogs officially hired Joe Moorhead on Tuesday.)
Wolken also reported that Doeren and N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow “have been engaged in a protracted and somewhat contentious standoff over his contract extension negotiations in recent days.” That could be part of the reason why Doeren’s representatives want his name involved with other job openings — to potentially use that as leverage for an extension with the Wolfpack.
The post Report: N.C. State’s Dave Doeren nearly became Ole Miss coach until Egg Bowl victory appeared first on SEC Country.