Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field
On the southeast side of the University of Mississippi campus stands historic Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, a landmark of Ole Miss tradition and an anchor for the strong future of Rebel Football. Read More
Matt Luke was born a Rebel. His family has ties to Ole Miss that span three generations. Now, he has achieved a lifelong dream by taking over the reins of his alma mater. On July 20, 2017, Ole Miss announced Luke as interim head coach, making him the 38th head coach in program history
During his 23 years as a player and coach at the collegiate level, Luke has risen through the ranks while learning from a number of successful veteran coaches. He has worked alongside national champion Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe and former Ole Miss head coach Tommy Tuberville, among others. On the field, he has mentored 17 all-league selections as well as All-Americans and first-round draft picks Laremy Tunsil and Laken Tomlinson.
Luke, a four-year center for the Rebels (1995-98), enters his 10th season as a coach at Ole Miss. He spent the past five seasons as the teams co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. During his first stop in Oxford (2002-05), Luke served four seasons coaching the Ole Miss tight ends and offensive line under Cutcliffe.
Phil Longo, engineer of the nation’s best FCS offense at Sam Houston State, was tabbed as the Rebels’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on December 16, 2016.
Longo helped Sam Houston to the FCS Playoffs in each of his three seasons, while shattering the record books. The 2016 team went 12-1 and boasted the nations No. 1 total offense (547.3 ypg), No. 2 scoring offense (49.5 ppg), No. 2 passing offense (368.3 ypg) and No. 37 rushing offense (179.0 ypg) out of 122 FCS teams. The Bearkats scored touchdowns on 80.3 percent of their red zone chances, also best in the nation.
Sam Houston had more than 4,500 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in 2016. No FBS team accomplished that.
Wesley McGriff, a highly respected leader, defensive coach and dynamic recruiter, returned for his second stint at Ole Miss when he was tabbed defensive coordinator on December 16, 2016. He was promoted to associate head coach on July 20, 2017.
McGriff returns to Ole Miss after gaining valuable experience at the NFL level with the New Orleans Saints and as Auburns co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach.
In his one season at Auburn, McGriff helped guide the Tigers to a Sugar Bowl berth and helped turn around a defense that struggled during a 7-6 season (2-6 SEC) the year before he arrived.
Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator For Offense
Maurice Harris returned to Ole Miss as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator on Dec. 8, 2011. This marks Harris’ second stop at Ole Miss as he served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Football Operations for the Rebels in 2006.
Harris has helped develop Evan Engram into one of the best tight ends in school history and among the best in the nation right now. Engram has proven to be a mismatch for opposing defenses and a difference-maker with the ball in his hands. His 97 career catches and 1,394 receiving yards are the most all-time by an Ole Miss tight end, while his seven touchdowns are tied for fifth-most.
As a unit last year, the tight ends helped the Ole Miss offense surge to school records in nearly every major total offense and passing category, while topping the SEC and ranking top 10 nationally in scoring (40.8), total offense (517.8 ypg) and passing (334.7 ypg).
In his fourth season as Ole Miss co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach, Jason Jones boasts an admirable streak of football success.
In his 12 seasons as a college coach, his teams have made a bowl game appearance every year, including the Rebels 2013 Music City Bowl berth, 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl berth and 2016 Sugar Bowl berth.
In 2015, Jones assisted in coordinating a Rebel defense that returned four interceptions for touchdowns, including a pick-six by cornerback Tony Bridges in the Egg Bowl. The four pick-sixes tied a school record that dates back to 1938. In total, Ole Miss ranked second in the SEC with 15 interceptions and third with 23 turnovers throughout the 2015 season.
Derrick Nix is in his 10th year as Ole Miss’ running backs coach.
At Ole Miss, Nix has tutored four of the most productive backs in school history in Dexter McCluster, Brandon Bolden, Jeff Scott and Jaylen Walton, while the Rebels have ranked top three in the SEC in rushing twice.
With a variety of running backs with different styles and strengths at his disposal, Nix helped the 2015 Ole Miss squad lead the SEC and rank top-10 nationally in scoring (40.8), total offense (517.8 ypg) and passing (334.7 ypg). The Rebels eclipsed 600 yards of total offense in three games, a school record, and more than 200 yards rushing in six contests.
acob Peeler, a Mississippi native and fast-rising star in the coaching profession, was hired as wide receivers coach on Jan. 11, 2017.
A dynamic on-field coach and top recruiter, Peeler served the last four seasons on the staff at Cal. He was a graduate assistant in 2013-14 before being promoted to assistant coach for inside receivers in 2015.
The Kosciusko native helped turn Cals offense into one of the nations best, as the Golden Bears ranked top 10 in passing offense, top 15 in total offense and top 25 in scoring offense for three straight seasons.
Defensive Lines Coach
Freddie Roach, a former Alabama All-SEC player and staff member at Alabama and South Alabama, was hired as assistant coach for the defensive line on Feb. 16, 2017.
Roach comes to Oxford from Tuscaloosa, where he served on Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide staff as director of player development since March 2015.
In his role as the Tide’s director of player development, Roach’s main focus was off-the-field activities of Alabama’s football student-athletes, serving as a resource in balancing the demands of academics, athletics and community outreach. He also served as a liaison for high school coaches, while assisting with Alabama camps and clinics. During his two seasons in the role, Alabama won back-to-back SEC titles and played for national titles in both years, winning the crown after the 2015 season.
Jon Sumrall, a three-year letterman at Kentucky, was hired Jan. 22, 2018 as Ole Miss’ linebackers coach.
Sumrall helped lead nationally-ranked defenses at Tulane and Troy, where he spent the past three seasons as assistant head coach working primarily with linebackers and serving as special teams coordinator.
For the second straight season, the Troy defense was tops in both the Sun Belt and NCAA in multiple defensive categories on its way to a school-record 11 wins in 2017. The Troy defense ranked first in the nation in red zone defense (.614), second in tackles for loss per game (8.6), seventh in rushing defense (105.3), 11th in scoring defense and 24th in total defense per game (336.6).
Jack Bicknell Jr.
Offensive Lines Coach
Jack Bicknell Jr. is in his first season as offensive line coach at Ole Miss after interim head coach Matt Luke hired him to the staff on July 28, 2017. Bicknell comes to Oxford with 31 years of coaching experience, including 24 years in college and most recently seven seasons in the National Football League.
Bicknell spent eight seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech (1999-2006), where his 43 victories are still the third-most in school history. Following the 2001 season, he was named WAC Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a conference championship in its first year of membership. Bicknell also served as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach from 1997-98.
Among Bicknell’s pupils at Louisiana Tech was offensive lineman Jacob Peeler (2005-06), who now works alongside Bicknell as the Ole Miss wide receivers coach.
Former Ole Miss defensive back Charles Clark returned to Oxford in January 2018 where he serves as assistant coach and works with the secondary.
Clark, a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at safety for the Rebels from 2003-06, has coached at Duke, San Jose State, Colorado and Oregon, where he spent the 2017 season as cornerbacks coach. Notably, his 2016 secondary with the Buffaloes ranked among the best in the nation.
During his time roaming the Ole Miss secondary, Clark appeared in 47 games, including 34 straight starts during his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. The Green Cove Springs, Florida, native tallied 198 tackles, three interceptions, 12 pass breakups and five fumble recoveries during his Rebel career.