Black Sunday got here for coaches throughout faculty soccer, and Matt Luke was unable to keep away from it. Ole Miss fired its head soccer coach after he accomplished a 4-8 (2-6 SEC) mark in 2019, which concluded with a disappointing 21-20 loss to rival Mississippi State within the Egg Bowl.

Luke, who took over as interim coach in 2017 after Hugh Freeze was compelled to resign earlier than the season, finishes 15-21 (6-18 SEC) at Ole Miss. The Rebels determined to retain him following a decent 6-6 (3-5 SEC) marketing campaign in that interim season. Nonetheless, Ole Miss by no means completed higher than sixth within the SEC West beneath his management, and it didn’t make a bowl the final two seasons after being ineligible for one in 2017 as a result of NCAA penalties stemming from Freeze’s tenure.

Even Ole Miss’ victories beneath Luke got here towards groups with a mixed .379 file. 4 of his six SEC wins got here towards Arkansas and Vanderbilt, and his groups went 1-2 towards rival Mississippi State. The Rebels had been 5-11 in video games towards all of their rivals.

“After evaluating the general trajectory of our soccer program, we didn’t see sufficient momentum on the sphere and decided a change is critical to ensure that our student-athletes to compete on the highest stage,” athletic director Keith Carter mentioned in an announcement. “Whereas enhancements had been evident in sure features of this system, we’re judged in the end by our file, and, sadly, we didn’t meet the usual of success that we count on from our program. We’ll all the time be grateful to Coach Luke for his management, significantly from a recruiting, tutorial and general tradition standpoint. On the identical time, successful is essential, and we all know that we are able to compete for championships at Ole Miss.”

What is not recognized is whether or not Luke’s fortunes might have been completely different had Ole Miss received the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving. The Rebels put collectively a landing drive down seven factors within the fourth quarter, scoring a landing with Four seconds left. It was then that Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore pantomimed a urinating canine as a part of a TD celebration that drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. That backed the additional level up 15 yards, and kicker Luke Logan missed the kick. Each the varsity and Moore launched apologies for the incident on Friday. 

Luke is the third SEC coach that has been fired this season, becoming a member of Arkansas’ Chad Morris and Missouri’s Barry Odom.

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