GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Who is the Ole Miss football team's new head coach? Gulfport native Matt Luke. Let's meet the man tapped to oversee Ole Miss football in 2017.
Luke played for Ronnie Cuevas at Gulfport High School. The Admirals' center graduated from Gulfport in 1995 and enrolled at Ole Miss. He started 33 games for the Rebels between 1995 and 1998 and served as an Ole Miss captain his senior season.
Luke returned to Oxford for the 2012 season and coached the Rebels offensive line. Last year he became the football team's co-offensive coordinator.
The Ole Miss website says Luke is married to the former Ashley Grantham of Oxford, Miss. and the couple has two sons, Harrison and Cooper. His father, Tommy, was a defensive back at Ole Miss in the 1960s while his brother, Tom, quarterbacked the Rebels from 1989-91.
Tom is also on the Ole Miss football staff as assistant athletics director for player development.
Luke was recently asked in OM Spirit about the NCAA infractions hanging over the Ole Miss football program and how they impacted his team.
"I think these guys just want to play football," he said in that interview. "They didn't blink in the spring. They worked really hard; you would have never known. These guys, they get up and they're working twice a day in the summer — running in the morning, lifting in the afternoon and going to class and study hall. They haven't blinked. I think they're just ready to play and they're tired of all the outside noise and social media. They just want to play football."
According to SB Nation, Luke nearly left Oxford to take the South Carolina offensive line coaching job this summer, but Ole Miss kept him with an "aggressive offer" to be the specific fallback interim option should Hugh Freeze not last.