Mississippi decides to keep Matt Luke as football coach

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Mississippi has decided to keep Matt Luke as its football coach.


The 41-year-old spent the past season as Ole Miss’s interim coach, taking over after Hugh Freeze resigned in July following a university investigation into his phone records. The school announced Luke was the permanent head coach on Twitter on Sunday night.

Luke led the Rebels to a 6-6 record, including a 3-5 mark in the Southeastern Conference. He finished the season with a 31-28 upset victory over No. 16 Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.

Luke was Freeze’s co-offensive coordinator before his promotion. He’s from Gulfport, Mississippi, and played as an offensive lineman for the Rebels in the 1990s.

Ole Miss was not eligible for a bowl this season because of a self-imposed postseason ban related to an ongoing NCAA rules infractions case. The Rebels expect to hear a final ruling in the case within the next few weeks.