Ole Skip fires coach Matt Luke immediately after three seasons – ESPN

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  • Chris MinimalESPN Senior Staff Author


    • Faculty football reporter
    • Joined ESPN.com in 2007
    • Graduate of the University of Tennessee

Ole Pass up dismissed head soccer coach Matt Luke on Sunday right after he posted a fifteen-21 record in a few seasons at the helm.

“Just after evaluating the general trajectory of our soccer software, we did not see more than enough momentum on the area and determined a modify is necessary in buy for our scholar-athletes to compete at the optimum degree,” athletic director Keith Carter claimed in a assertion. “Although advancements were being obvious in specific facets of the application, we are judged in the long run by our history, and, sad to say, we did not meet up with the typical of achievements that we hope from our plan.

“We will usually be grateful to Mentor Luke for his leadership, specifically from a recruiting, educational and general tradition standpoint. At the exact same time, successful is important, and we know that we can contend for championships at Ole Miss out on.”

At the very least ten Ole Overlook gamers walked out of a conference Sunday soon after becoming educated of Luke’s firing, a source told ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, confirming a report by the Clarion-Ledger.

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Luke, who performed at Ole Pass up, took above as the Rebels’ interim head coach just a week prior to the begin of fall camp in 2017 immediately after Hugh Freeze was fired. Luke was named the long term head mentor following the 2017 season.

The Rebels finished four-8 this year, like a 21-20 decline on Thanksgiving evening to rival Mississippi Condition, a recreation in which the Rebels missed a probability to ship the activity into extra time when receiver Elijah Moore was penalized for extreme celebration after catching a touchdown move and then pretending to urinate in the finish zone. The Rebels have been backed up fifteen yards for the additional level, and Luke Logan’s PAT kick was no great.

Luke failed to take the Rebels to any bowl game titles. The university self-imposed a bowl ban in 2017 mainly because of NCAA violations that transpired when Freeze was the mentor, and a next 12 months of postseason ban was included by the NCAA in 2018, though the Rebels had been just five-7 that season.

“I want to thank Mentor Luke for his devotion to Ole Skip,” Carter claimed. “His integrity, class and commitment to this application and our scholar-athletes is unsurpassed, and we will constantly enjoy how he stepped up at a time when his university necessary him the most. We desire him the incredibly finest, and he will normally be a cherished member of the Ole Skip loved ones.”

Just a 7 days ago, Carter instructed the Clarion-Ledger that the soccer plan was “headed in a excellent route” and that he was “psyched about Mentor Luke.”