MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The University of Mississippi is now on the hunt for a new head football coach.
Ole Miss Athletics Director Keith Carter publicly addressed the dismissal of coach Matt Luke Monday, pointing to the lack of success on the field and apathy around the program to why Luke was fired.
Carter says the Rebels’ 21-20 loss in this year’s Egg Bowl against Mississippi State was also a factor in Luke’s dismissal.
Luke was 15-21 in three seasons as the head man in Oxford. He started his interim rein in 2017 with a 6-6 record but declined each year after that, going 5-7 in 2018 and 4-8 in 2019.
Carter said when the players received the news Sunday, they didn’t take it lightly. Some players walked out of the meeting.
Rebels defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre has been named interim head coach while Carter looks for a permanent replacement.
Carter says he plans to move as quickly and efficiently as he can.
“We’ve gotta find a head coach that can walk into a room, and absolutely take over that room,” he said. “Galvanize people, and bring them back. I think people want to support, they want to come back, and they want to come back to Ole Miss football games. We just lost some of that luster. I think bringing somebody in that can bring energy, and walk in and own a room, be charismatic and make sure that they’re talking about the future and vision of Ole Miss football. I think we can get people back quickly.”
Some of the hottest candidates for vacant head coaching jobs right now are Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, Florida Atlantic’s Lane Kiffin and Louisiana Lafayette’s Billy Napier.