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Ole Miss drops interim tag, names Matt Luke head coach


OXFORD | Ole Miss named Matt Luke its permanent head coach Sunday at 8:30 p.m., confirming RebelGrove.com's previous report.

The university will officially introduce Luke's non-interim tenure during a press conference Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Luke just completed an interim season as head coach, as the Rebels went 6-6 overall and 3-5 in the SEC. The Ole Miss Spirit, citing sources, says Luke's salary is four years and in the neighborhood of $9 million, making Luke the lowest paid coach in the SEC.

The 41-year-old Mississippi native served two stints as an offensive line coach at Ole Miss. He was on Hugh Freeze's staff from 2012-2016 and was also under David Cutcliffe and one year of Ed Orgeron before offensive line coach stops at Tennessee and Duke.

Luke was paid $500,000 in addition to his offensive line coach salary of $660,000 for this past season.

Ole Miss is expected to receive its NCAA sanctions any day now. The Rebels self-imposed a bowl ban for the 2017 season and also punished itself with multiple other recruiting restrictions.