One of the first objectives for Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke was finding a new offensive line coach. Luke, who had been the offensive line coach before moving into the interim role, didn’t have to look far for help, receiving a tip from a familiar name around the Ole Miss family.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reached out to Luke and suggested Jack Bicknell Jr., who was hired last week. Ole Miss Spirit reported that Manning heaped praise on Bicknell, a former Giants assistant.
Bicknell also has worked as an NFL assistant for Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Miami. He was an assistant at Boston College, his alma mater, and served as head coach at Louisiana Tech from 1999-2006.
“We were fortunate to get a coach of that caliber this late in the ballgame,” Luke said Wednesday during his pre-camp news conference.
When announcing the hire, Luke said Bicknell’s work on a Super Bowl-winning team “gives him instant credibility with our linemen, and I can’t wait to see his impact with the players.”
Ole Miss opened preseason camp Wednesday, and the Rebels open the season September 2 against South Alabama.
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