What Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said at introductory press conference

The new Ole Miss coach is a familiar face, as he’s been leading the Rebels all season.

Ole Miss removed the interim tag from Matt Luke, who was officially introduced as the Rebels’ permanent coach at an introductory press conference on Monday afternoon.

Luke arrived to a round of applause, before being introduced by Ole Miss vice chancellor of intercollegiate athletics Ross Bjork.

Here’s a summary of what Luke had to say after he stepped up to the podium for the first time as the Rebels’ new coach:

  • Started off by thanking Bjork, his wife and kids, his parents and the Ole Miss players.
  • On this year’s team: “I’ve never been more proud of a team that continued to fight and compete. … When this team finished, they were better than when they started.”
  • On leading Rebels: “Ole Miss is my dream job, everybody knows that. Everybody knows how much I love Ole Miss and how my family is entrenched at Ole Miss. But that’s not the reason I wanted to be hired here. I wanted to be hired because I was the right man for the job.”
  • On future: “I’m looking forward to having a full offseason to implement my vision for this program — the hard-nosed, blue-collar, tough mindset that nobody cares who gets the credit.”
  • On heritage: “I’m born and raised in Mississippi. I’m proud to be a Mississippean. I’m proud to be born and raised in this state, I’m proud to be Mississippi-made. … I am truly honored to be the head coach at the University of Mississippi.”
  • On removing interim tag: “I think the biggest thing is it is and always remains about our players. … Now, it’s a 30-year plan, it’s a program plan, it’s not, ‘Hey, I’m trying to motivate the guys for this season.”
  • More on plan: “You’re always evaluating, you’re always looking to see how to make the program better. … I’m going to evaluate everything in this program from top to bottom.”
  • Said his time as interim coach was the best learning experience possible.
  • On what’s made him successful: “Everybody, didn’t matter who I asked, said ‘Hey Matt, just be yourself.’ … I’ve held true to that and I’ve been myself.”

Here’s what Bjork had to say before Luke’s introductory comments:

Below is a clip of Luke arriving to his press conference:

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