Ole Miss Rebels

Mississippi's Luke earns his dream job, but in a tough spot

One of new Mississippi coach Matt Luke's vivid childhood memories is seeing his dad's Ole Miss helmet — No. 35 — hanging in the family's den.

Then there were the years his family drove five hours each way between Gulfport, Mississippi, and Oxford to watch his older brother Tom play for the Rebels. A short time later, it was Matt's turn, and he was a mainstay on the Ole Miss offensive line from 1995-98.

Now, at 40 years old, he's head coach of the Rebels.

"I can truly tell you all today that this is my dream job," Luke said, occasionally getting emotional as he talked. "It's a job I've been preparing my whole life for. I feel more strongly than ever that...