It’s time to get to know the new man leading Ole Miss football
Go to Wikipedia to look up Matt Luke and what you’ll find is a description of a guy who hit 15 career homers in a brief Major League career in the mid-90s and is now apparently making lots of money in California real estate.
That guy’s more famous than a head coach in the SEC?
Well, probably not for long.
Matt Luke, the Ole Miss lifer, now finds himself at the head of a program in turmoil. He’s never won a football game as a head coach on any level.
Even so, he’s not that far behind his new peers in terms of championship pedigree.
Nick Saban has won multiple national championships.
Gus Malzahn has been a conference champ and played for a national championship.
Bret Bielema was a Big 10 champion at Wisconsin.
Butch Jones and Kevin Sumlin have won conference championships at lower levels.
So, even though he started the week less famous than some real estate guy in California, Luke has something in common with most of the head coaches during this transition period in the SEC. He hasn’t yet proven to be a championship coach.
Setting aside what the forced resignation of Hugh Freeze means for Ole Miss, this development is a huge blow to the SEC overall.
Maybe Luke will prove to be a great coach — from every indication he’s a good guy and the right fit for now. He’s going to be given a full year to try to straighten out a program that is reeling.
At the very least, he should soon be the most famous Matt Luke in America.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.