The athletic director for the University of Mississippi has a big decision to make. Ross Bjork is on the clock to find the Rebels next head coach. Ole Miss fans deserve a man who will build the team with character, discipline, and a winning edge.
This decision lays at the feet of Bjork and Bjork alone. He has stated as much.
The former fullback at Emporia State knows how important this football hire is. Everyone does. A program embattled by negative news needs a hopeful, fresh start.
Could that fresh start be provided by Matt Luke?
The Rebels’ interim head coach continues making Bjork’s decision more difficult by exceeding expectations most had for him this fall.
The former Ole Miss player has begun garnering more and more support for the job; this should come as no surprise. Luke led the team to a much-needed victory over Kentucky on November 4th in thrilling fashion. Last week, a video surfaced with Luke addressing the team prior to the game.
It was a call to arms.
It worked brilliantly.
The timing was perfect and provided the boost Luke needed to have any shot of securing this job – one I felt he had no chance at prior to last weekend’s win. My thoughts have changed, and while it will take a few bounces in the Gulfport, MS native’s direction for that to happen, the possibility can’t simply be dismissed out of hand.
Could a continued ground swell of support from Ole Miss fans and former athletes gain additional momentum following more wins? Luke added another one this Saturday, as expected, beating Louisiana 50-22.
With one more home game against Texas A&M before closing out the season against Mississippi State in Starkville, Luke will find himself inching up Bjork’s list of candidates with each victory.
It’s fitting the Egg Bowl could play a hand in the head coach’s future at Ole Miss. The annual battle has always been one Luke has circled as both a player and a coach. This November, it could be a personal victory and a professional one as well.
Should the Rebels roll into Starkville 6-5, upset the Bulldogs, and bring the trophy back to Oxford, it will make Bjork’s decision even more difficult. Or perhaps, easier.
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