Amid “explosive new information”, Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday evening and taking his place will be former Duke assistant coach Matt Luke.
Luke was the first offensive coordinator current Duke coach David Cutcliffe hired. He served as Blue Devils offensive coordinator from 2008-11 before becoming co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Rebels in 2012. Luke didn’t accomplish much with Duke during his four years, but it was his first coordinator position and gave him the opportunity to become a play caller for the potent Ole Miss offense this decade.
Of course, his first head coaching job doesn’t come in an ideal situation. The Rebels have been the subject of an ongoing NCAA investigation, and in February, the university self-imposed a one-year bowl ban. So even if Luke leads the Rebels on an amazing year, he cannot led Ole Miss to the postseason in 2017.
On Thursday, The USA Today reported Luke’s predecessor, Freeze, made a one-minute phone call from a University-issued phone to a number associated with a female escort service. Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork originally called the phone call “a misdial”, but after looking into it further, a “pattern of conduct” led the school to confront Freeze about it this week.
Freeze offered his resignation Thursday morning according to Yahoo Sports. Bjork said that if the coach had not resigned, he would have been fired for cause. There is no buyout of the contract or settlement either.
For more information on Ole Miss’ coaching situation, check out SECcountry.com.