Ole Miss is the latest college football program to fill a head coaching vacancy and it looks like they're staying in-house.
According to reports, the team has hired interim head coach Matt Luke to a permanent position. Luke took over for former head coach Huge Freeze before the start of the season after Freeze resigned.
SOURCES: Interim #OleMiss HC Matt Luke is expected to be named the permanent head coach. OM is having a staff meeting at 815 PM tonight.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 27, 2017
The former co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach led the Rebels to a 6-6 record and bowl eligibility as interim head coach. Instead of going for any big names, the athletic department felt it was better to go with familiarity and that's what they did here.
Of course, because it wasn't a big-name coach, Ole Miss fans were less than impressed and they made it known to social media.
Is Ole Miss hiring Matt Luke as its permanent head coach apart of the self-imposed penalties or is this something the NCAA handed down?— West GA Water Boy (@SkyeUnderwood) November 27, 2017
The sanctions jokes were out in full force.
Damn!! The sanctions coming must be Awful!!— Patrick Payne (@RebelBasser) November 27, 2017
Remember this is SEC football, where fans expect the big name coaches but in this case, going with Luke might be the better move. He's been with the program for over 15 years now and is likely a respected figure in the locker room.
Look what happened to Tennessee when they went for the big name. That seemed to turn out great (sarcasm).
Ole Miss fans should give Luke a chance with a full offseason to recruit and prepare before making a true judgment.