3 Worst head coach hires in Ole Miss football history

There have been a lot of coaches in Ole Miss football history, so let's take a look at which ones Ole Miss fans would like to forget.

Sept 9, 2006; Columbia, MO, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Ed Orgeron watches from the sidelines.
Sept 9, 2006; Columbia, MO, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Ed Orgeron watches from the sidelines. / John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
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Ole Miss football. 15-21 overall record. Matt Luke. Matt Luke. 3. player. . . 2017-2019. 532

Matt Luke in some cases would not be the worst head coach hire in some programs, but Ole Miss has had a lot of head coaches with better win percentages. Luke played center at Ole Miss from 1995-1998, he became a coach at Ole Miss for the first time in 2002 when he coached the offensive line and tight ends. He took time away from the Rebels but returned in 2012 as co-offensive coordinator before becoming head coach in 2017.

Here is a breakdown of Luke's time at Ole Miss.

  • 2017: 6-6, 3-5 conference
  • 2018: 5-7, 1-7 conference
  • 2019: 4-8, 2-6 conference

Luke originally became the interim head coach after Hugh Freeze was forced to resign due to scandal. Unfortunately, that meant Luke was taking over a program that was beat down. He was able to help the team finish 6-6 in that season, but after that, Luke was never able to improve, falling to 5-7 and 4-8 in the next two seasons led to him being fired in December 2019.