OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI) — Just three days after losing to Mississippi State, 21-20, in the 2019 Egg Bowl, Ole Miss Athletic Director Keith Carter announces Ole Miss is parting ways with Matt Luke.
Ole Miss athletics released the following statement from Carter on Luke’s dismissal.
“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level,” Carter said. “While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.”
Luke was named as the interim back in 2017 and was later named head coach after winning the 2017 Egg Bowl, finishing the Rebels’ season with a 6-6 record.
Ole Miss ended its 2019 season with a 4-8 overall record as well as going 2-6 in SEC play.
“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base,” said Carter via the statement.
A press conference will be held by Carter, Monday, December 4th, at 11 a.m. CT.