It didn’t take long for Matt Luke to find a new job in the SEC.
A day after Ole Miss officially introduced Lane Kiffin as Luke’s replacement in Oxford, it was revealed that Luke has a new job of his own.
And this one may actually put him a little closer to winning a national championship.
According to a tweet from Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel on Tuesday morning, Luke will be the next offensive line coach at Georgia.
UPDATE: Georgia has confirmed the hire through the school’s official Twitter account.
Luke is replacing Sam Pittman on Kirby Smart’s coaching staff.
Pittman left Athens to become the head coach at Arkansas. He was introduced in Fayetteville as the new Razorbacks coach on Monday.
In addition to his offensive line responsibilities, Luke also will retain the title of associate head coach.
Matt Luke’s Coaching Record at Ole Miss
Luke ended a three-year run as the Rebels head coach with a 15-21 record. He took over the program on an interim basis prior to the 2017 season after former coach Hugh Freeze was abruptly dismissed in the midst of an NCAA investigation. The Rebels took the interim tag off Luke, who is an Ole Miss alum, following a 6-6 debut season.
Coaching record source: Wikipedia
Luke was dismissed following the 2019 Egg Bowl loss to Mississippi State, which received national attention after one of his players celebrated the potential game-tying touchdown by pretending to be a urinating dog in the end zone. The Rebels missed the extra point after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and went on to lose the game.
While some critics may point to that one incident as the straw that broke the camel’s back, it is worth noting that Luke was just 6-18 in SEC play during his tenure. That, coupled with losing to the hated in-state rival, likely was the root of his demise in Oxford.
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