Matt Luke fired as Ole Miss football coach, according to multiple reports

Published: Dec. 1, 2019 at 7:44 PM CST
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Ole Miss football head coach Matt Luke has been fired after three seasons with a 15-21 record according to multiple reports.

His firing was first reported by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman and confirmed by major media outlets including Yahoo! Sports, CBS Sports and

News of his departure comes three days after Ole Miss fell to Mississippi State 21-20 in this year's Egg Bowl to end their season with a 4-8 record and no postseason bowl game for a third straight year.

Luke took over for Hugh Freeze in 2017 after Freeze was forced to resign, and finished just 6–6 in his first season before being named permanent head coach. Ole Miss never finished better than sixth in the SEC West under Luke's leadership, and it did not make a bowl the last two seasons after being ineligible for one in 2017 due to NCAA penalties stemming from Freeze's tenure.

Luke's firing comes less than two weeks after interim athletic director Keith Carter was promoted to full time AD.

Luke played center at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and was an assistant coach for the school throughout various points of his coaching career.

His firing means that there are now three openings among the 14 teams in the SEC.

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