The conclusion of the 2019 college football season is bringing a wave of head coaching changes. Matt Luke is reportedly joining that wave tonight.
Ole Miss has reportedly decided to fire the second-year head coach following a disappointing 2019 season.
Luke, 43, took over as Ole Miss head coach in 2017 in an interim role. He was officially hired at the end of the ’17 season. Luke has gone 15-21 in two-plus seasons.
The Rebels went 4-8 this year.
Neal McCready first reported the news of Luke’s firing.
Matt Luke has been fired at Ole Miss, per sources. More on @RebelGrove later.
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) December 2, 2019
The news of Luke’s firing isn’t that surprising, though some did expect Ole Miss to give him another full season.
Matt Luke out at Ole Miss, man alive.
Not a shock but I thought they would give him one more year, Rebels didn't win enough this year but they were a much-improved team. Better than the final record indicated.
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) December 2, 2019
Really surprised by the Matt Luke firing at Ole Miss. Hear the team has a meeting later tonight. Thought Ole Miss wanted to get through the athletic director transition and make one more run with Luke in 2020.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 2, 2019
Ole Miss finished the regular season in embarrassing fashion. The Rebels lost the Egg Bowl to Mississippi State when wide receiver Elijah Moore drew a 15-yard penalty for his dog urinating touchdown celebration. Ole Miss’ kicker then missed the long extra-point that would’ve tied the game.
Memphis’ Mike Norvell is already getting mentioned for the job.