Matt Luke (American football)

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Matt Luke
Matt Luke.jpg
Current position
TitleAssociate HC/OL coach
TeamGeorgia
ConferenceSEC
Biographical details
Born (1976-10-29) October 29, 1976 (age 43)
Gulfport, Mississippi
Playing career
1995–1998Ole Miss
Position(s)Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999Ole Miss (GA)
2000–2001Murray State (OL)
2002–2005Ole Miss (OL/TE)
2006–2007Tennessee (OL/TE)
2008–2011Duke (Co-OC/OL)
2012–2016Ole Miss (Co-OC/OL)
2017Ole Miss (interim HC)
2018–2019Ole Miss
2020–presentGeorgia (AHC/OL)
Head coaching record
Overall15–21

Matthew Barham Luke (born October 29, 1976)[1] is an American football coach and former player who currently serves as the Associate Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach at the University of Georgia. Before his current position, he was most recently the head coach at the University of Mississippi. He was an assistant serving as the co-offensive coordinator at Ole Miss from 2012 to 2016, and served as the interim head coach during the 2017 season. On November 26, 2017, Ole Miss removed the “interim” designation and named Luke as head football coach. He held that position through the 2019 football season, when he was fired.

Playing career[edit]

Luke was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. He was a standout at Gulfport High School, but he was a walk-on at Ole Miss, where scholarships were limited because of NCAA sanctions.[2] He played center there from 1995 to 1998, graduating in 2000.[3] His father, Tommy Luke, played defensive back at Ole Miss in the 1960s while his older brother, Tom Luke, played quarterback there from 1989 to 1991.[4] As a senior, he played in the 1998 Independence Bowl against Texas Tech.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coach[edit]

Luke exhausted his eligibility after the 1999 season but joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant.[5] After graduating from Ole Miss in 2000 with a Bachelor of Business Administration,[6] he took a job with Murray State University as an offensive line coach.[4] Following the 2001 season, he returned to Ole Miss to coach offensive line and tight ends under head coach David Cutcliffe.[7] Ole Miss fired Cutcliffe after the 2004 season, but new head coach Ed Orgeron retained Luke as part of his staff.

Luke departed Ole Miss in 2006 to be reunited with Cutcliffe at the University of Tennessee, where Cutcliffe was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator under head coach Phillip Fulmer.[1] Luke coached the offensive line and tight ends at Tennessee for two seasons (2006–2007).[7]

In early 2008, Duke University hired Cutcliffe as its new head coach, and Cutcliffe brought several Tennessee assistants with him, including Luke.[8] At Duke, Luke was co-offensive coordinator with responsibility for the running game, while also coaching the offensive line.[7] Luke departed Duke at the end of the 2011 season to rejoin the Ole Miss coaching staff under new head coach Hugh Freeze.[7] At Ole Miss, he had a similar role: co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.[9]

Head coach[edit]

On July 20, 2017, Luke became the interim head coach at Ole Miss after Freeze was forced to resign.[10] After a late season push to finish 6–6, Ole Miss removed the interim tag on November 26, 2017 and named Luke the 37th head football coach in school history.[11][12] Ole Miss did not play in a bowl game because of a self-imposed postseason ban in response to NCAA rules violations committed when Freeze was head coach. The school and NCAA also imposed additional penalties, including a second post-season ban for the 2018 season (which also allowed athletes near the end of their eligibility to transfer without penalty); three years of NCAA probation; reductions in scholarships; and recruiting restrictions.[13]

Ole Miss finished with losing records in the next two seasons, resulting in Luke's firing on December 1, 2019.[14]

Georgia[edit]

On December 10, 2019, Luke joined the Georgia football staff as an offensive line coach and associate head coach. [15]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ole Miss Rebels (Southeastern Conference) (2017–2019)
2017 Ole Miss 6–6 3–5 6th (Western)
2018 Ole Miss 5–7 1–7 6th (Western)
2019 Ole Miss 4–8 2–6 6th (Western)
Ole Miss: 15–21 6–18
Total: 15–21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2006 Tennessee Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Tennessee. 2006. p. 57.
  2. ^ a b Magee, Patrick (July 21, 2017). "'This is his chance,' mentor says of Matt Luke's new job as Ole Miss head coach". Sun Herald.
  3. ^ "Matt Luke". University of Mississippi. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Former Rebel Matt Luke Joins Cutcliffe Staff". Ole Miss Football. March 5, 2002.
  5. ^ "Five things to know about Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke". Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Employee Profile: Matt Luke". University of Mississippi. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "Matt Luke Bio - Ole Miss Rebels Official Athletic Site Ole Miss Rebels Official Athletic Site - Football". Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Low, Chris (January 15, 2008). "Cutcliffe embraces challenge of rebuilding Duke". ESPN.com.
  9. ^ "Matt Luke". Ole Miss Football. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  10. ^ Schlabach, Mark (July 20, 2017). "Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze resigns; escort-service calls cited". ESPN.com.
  11. ^ "Ole Miss makes interim Matt Luke its permanent coach". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ole Miss removes interim tag, names Matt Luke full-time coach". SEC Country. November 26, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Morales, Antonio. "Ole Miss hit hard by NCAA, including bowl ban". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ole Miss Announces Change in Football Leadership". Ole Miss Athletics. December 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Former Ole Miss coach Matt Luke lands on Georgia staff to oversee offensive line". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 11, 2019.

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