Matt Luke is a very good choice to lead Ole Miss football program; Ross Bjork should have been fired
For many years NASCAR has had what it called its “silly season” (driver changes, team changes, crew changes). Politics can certainly have its silly season at any time. SEC football is not immune from having its own silly season of coaching changes. Former interim Ole Miss coach Matt Luke is the new head of the Rebel football program. That is a good thing and he deserves a shot. Luke played at Ole Miss as did his father and brother. He is a Rebel through and through and deserves the job. There is one report that if Luke got the job, it depended on the Rebels beating rival Mississippi State. If true, it is sad because Luke deserved the job and just one game, even against the Bulldogs, should not have been the determining factor. When Ole Miss AD Russ Bjork announced Luke was his pick, he said he had made a wide search and determined his best choice as a new head football coach was already in Oxford. Who is Bjork kidding? With all its problems with the NCAA Committee on Infractions, Ole Miss was not exactly the sexiest and most attractive football coaching job in the nation. A big problem in Oxford is too many Ole Miss fans are outraged with the NCAA penalties. They are unrepentant and think the Rebels are victims. I don’t see how Bjork should survive as AD. The NCAA mess at Ole Miss took place on his watch. Add in the existing Rebel players that are considering transferring to other schools. The parents of one player told a national reporter that when their son was being recruited, they ask disgraced and former Coach Hugh Freeze how the NCAA investigation could impact the Rebel football program, and thus, their son’s future. They were not told the truth, but even more, the parents also asked Bjork the same question. They got the same bogus answer from Bjork they got from Freeze. Ole Miss is appealing the 2018 bowl ban, but if
The annual battle for the Golden Egg between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University is set for Saturday afternoon. The fans of one school will rejoice at the end of the day, but the 2017 season for both schools did not meet expectations.
Rebels expected much better season
Ole Miss opened the season with much higher expectations than MSU. Most of the Rebel faithful expected a top 10 national ranking, a legitimate shot at the SEC West title, and a chance to play in Atlanta for the SEC championship. If you’re the SEC champ the next obvious hope is to be one of the four teams selected for the playoffs for the national championship. Instead, after last week’s stunning and decisive loss to Vanderbilt, the Rebels will limp into the final game with their rival at 5-6, 2-5 SEC and must win to finish 6-6 and qualify for a bowl game. As I have said before, I don’t think any team with a 6-6 record should be playing in a bowl game. In a season when Ole Miss expectations were not met, don’t forget the Rebels at some point will likely be hit with severe penalties by the NCAA and wind up in the NCAA jailhouse. Even with a win, State won’t be bowl eligible with a 5-7 record. State’s streak of six consecutive bowls games is already over. Two of the six-year streak was when State went bowling twice and had 6-6 records that I have already mentioned should not qualify for a bowl. A big loss was when the Rebels’ outstanding quarterback Chad Kelly was injured and his senior season was over. In stepped true freshman Shea Patterson, rated last year as one of the very best high school quarterbacks in the nation. Patterson played sensational in the Rebels’ fourth quarter comeback against Texas A&M. He came back to earth last week in the loss to the lowly Commodores. However, I expect Patterson to bounce back this week against the Bulldogs’ terrible pass defense. State’s pass defense is so bad if Patterson passed for over 500 yards it would not be a shock to me. In fact, State’s entire defense is terrible. But did I fail to mention that the Ole Miss defense is also pretty bad?
Should Dan Mullen be fired?
I thought it was a big deal when State upset Texas A&M. It became less of a big deal after a mediocre Ole Miss team also beat A&M. Next up was Alabama which pounded State 51-3.