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Ole Miss coach Matt Luke fired after third season

OXFORD, Miss. — Matt Luke is out as head coach of the Ole Miss football program, the university said.

Luke, who led the Rebels to a 4-8 season in 2019, was in his third year as head coach, counting his interim stint in 2017. Across three seasons, Luke posted a 15-21 record.

Athletics director Keith Carter released the following statement Sunday night:

"After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level. While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program.

Mississippi head coach Matt Luke leaves with a 15-21 record.

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"We will always be grateful to coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss."

Carter said Ole Miss has begun a search to replace Luke, and his ideal candidate would be one who attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality.

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