ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia hired former Mississippi coach Matt Luke on Tuesday to oversee its offensive line, less than two weeks after he was fired by the Rebels.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) —
Lane Kiffin is back in the Southeastern Conference vowing to lead Mississippi the kind of consistent success it has lacked for much of its history.
A person familiar with the negotiations says Mississippi is working to hire FAU's Lane Kiffin to be its next head football coach.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi athletic director Keith Carter wants to find a football coach who can bring new energy to the program and excite a fan base that has grown apathetic.
Mississippi fired football coach Matt Luke on Sunday, three days after his third non-winning season ended with an excruciating rivalry game loss.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi flushed away a golden chance at the Golden Egg.
Luke Logan missed a 35-yard extra point after Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore was penalized for...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi faces the daunting challenge of consistently moving the football against No. 1 LSU this Saturday, possibly without the services of Scottie Phillips.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Matt Luke can't help but smile when he discusses the development and performance of his freshman class, especially at the skill positions.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — While Mississippi's one-dimensional offense continues to struggle, its defense has shown remarkable progress.
Ole Miss carries a three-game skid into Saturday's matchup...
Ole Miss coach Matt Luke has watched every game Missouri has played this season, and he was no doubt excited by the way Wyoming ran wild against the Tigers in their season opener.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The temptation to look to the future is understandable for Mississippi coach Matt Luke. After all, the most productive skill position players are freshmen, and a rebuilt...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Matt Luke believes freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee has earned playing time going forward with his performance last week.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi has had to quickly recover and try to put a heartbreaking loss at home to a ranked team.
The last-second loss to No. 15 California still lingers, the...
Mississippi running back Jerrion Ealy had flashes of brilliance in preseason practice and in limited appearances in his first two games. The true freshman had that much-anticipated breakout...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Matt Corral threw for two touchdowns and the Mississippi defense made a pair of game-saving stops on downs in the final six minutes as the Rebels defeated Southeastern...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi aims to build on what worked in a victory over Arkansas when the Rebels host Football Championship Subdivision program Southeastern Louisiana.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi linebacker MoMo Sanogo is expected to miss about 2 ½ months after injuring an ankle Saturday in a 31-17 victory over Arkansas.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Don't try to make the argument to Mississippi coach Matt Luke that Saturday night's 31-17 win over Arkansas wasn't a work or art.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — There's usually no shortage of drama when Mississippi meets Arkansas on the football field.
The last four games between these Southeastern Conference Western Division...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The rivalry between Mississippi and Memphis dates back almost 100 years, often an early-season test with the Rebels piling up plenty of victories.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Matt Luke is thrilled to have a full scholarship allotment and the opportunity to qualify for a bowl after a two-year postseason ban because of NCAA rules...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi starts preseason practice Friday with two new coordinators continuing to install vastly different schemes. There are also several young starters, especially on...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Matt Luke guided Mississippi's football program through the dark days of a two-year NCAA postseason ban. Now the Rebels believe the young coach — along with a few veteran...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has added Tyrone Nix to its football staff as a linebackers coach.
The school said Wednesday that Nix is returning for his second stint at the school. He was...
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has hired veteran coach Rich Rodriguez to be its next offensive coordinator.
The 55-year-old Rodriguez has been the head coach at West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona and is regarded as one of the college game's better offensive coaches. He replaces Phil Longo, who left Ole Miss to take the same job at North Carolina.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has announced that defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff will not return to the coaching staff next year, one day after the Rebels finished the season on five-game losing streak.
McGriff has led the Ole Miss defense the past two seasons. Ole Miss gave up about 36 points and 483 yards per game this year, which were two of the many defensive statistics that put the Rebels at or near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference.
A glimpse at the statistics gives the impression that Mississippi's offense has been a dominant force this season.
A deeper look shows that's not necessarily the case.
It's true that Ole Miss is averaging nearly 37 points and 540 yards per game this season, which both rank among the best in the Southeastern Conference. But those numbers take a dive in conference games: The Rebels are scoring just 24.7 points per game against seven league foes.
Mississippi's football program has earned the reputation of one that plays extremely hard and can occasionally put a bunch of points on the scoreboard.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, it hasn't stopped them from becoming one of the worst teams in the Southeastern Conference.
Mississippi's been a predictable football team this season, winning the games it has been expected to win and losing the games it has been expected to lose.
This weekend's game against South Carolina represents one of the few true toss-ups.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has so many injuries on its defense that two running backs are now playing a significant role in the secondary.
On Monday, the school announced that wide receiver D.K. Metcalf would miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury and defensive end Markel Winters is out for about a month with an injured knee.
The bad news seems to be everywhere. Yet somehow, the Rebels still have a respectable 5-2 record.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi receiver D.K. Metcalf is out for the season after suffering a neck injury against Arkansas.
Coach Matt Luke said on Monday that Metcalf was hurt early in the Arkansas game on Saturday, which Ole Miss won 37-33. Luke said the injury wasn't initially thought to be serious, but tests revealed the damage.
Luke says that "long-term he's going to be fine but I think it's going to require surgery."
Mississippi has padded its statistics against nonconference opponents this season, putting up points and yards against usually overmatched opponents at an impressive rate.
The stats are not nearly as good against Southeastern Conference competition.
The Rebels (4-2, 0-2 SEC) are out to prove they can just as effective in the SEC on Saturday when they play at Arkansas (1-5, 0-3).
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Matt Luke believed his Rebels had not lost confidence despite disappointing performances against Alabama and LSU in Southeastern Conference competition. As it turned out, he was absolutely correct.
"We had shown flashes of being really good offensively, even in our losses. Today, we were really consistent," said Ole Miss coach Matt Luke, as the Rebels scored touchdowns on their opening nine possessions Saturday in a 70-21 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
Mississippi's defense is statistically among the worst in the nation while the offense has been inconsistent.
Now the Rebels are fighting a new problem: Undisciplined play.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — There could hardly be a better time or place for the Ole Miss Rebels to announce an impending return to relevance than at LSU's Death Valley on Saturday night.
All the pressure and expectations are on the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers (4-0, 1-0 SEC), who won't want to disappoint dignitaries on hand to celebrate LSU's first national title team in 1958 and the unveiling of a statue honoring the late Billy Cannon, the biggest star on that team.
Mississippi (3-1, 0-1 SEC) at No. 5 LSU (4-0, 1-0), 9:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Mississippi's defense ranks among the worst in the country through the season's first three games.
So it's not surprising that fixing the defense is among Matt Luke's top priorities, but the second-year coach warns that there's no miracle cure for what ails the Rebels.
"The magic is not in the scheme," Luke said. "The magic is in effort and the execution of it, and a lot of that is coaching and getting guys to react and see things and play the game."
No. 1 Alabama (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at Mississippi (2-0, 0-0), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's football team can look vastly different from one minute to the next.
Catch the Rebels on offense, and they look like one of the nation's elite teams. Catch them on defense, and it's easy to wonder how they're going to win a Southeastern Conference game this season.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Second-year Mississippi coach Matt Luke settled into his postgame press conference chair with a steely stare and a grim face. Kind of strange for a man who was in charge of an offense that put up 76 points in a 35-point victory.
Mississippi's shaky defense was easily the program's biggest concern heading into the season.
An opening-weekend 47-27 victory over Texas Tech helped ease those worries a little , but coach Matt Luke said there's still plenty of room for growth when Ole Miss (1-0) hosts Southern Illinois (1-0) on Saturday in Oxford.
Mississippi coach Matt Luke never seemed overly concerned about rebuilding his team's running game during the offseason, even though the Rebels were losing 1,000-yard rusher Jordan Wilkins.
Mississippi and Texas Tech are two programs that haven't had many problems scoring points over the past several seasons.
Stopping opponents has often been a different story.
Both the Rebels and Red Raiders hope to have a much-improved defense when they play in Saturday's season opener in Houston at NRG Stadium.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's football program is still dealing with the fallout from NCAA penalties — including a two-year bowl ban — that were assessed last year following a long-running rules violations case.
But the Rebels stopped pouting about that a long time ago.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi opens preseason camp feeling good about its ability to put points on the scoreboard.
If the Rebels can figure out how to stop anybody, they might be a candidate for some surprise wins in the Southeastern Conference this fall.
Billy Brewer, the former Mississippi football star who went on to coach the Rebels to eight Egg Bowl victories over rival Mississippi State, died Saturday. He was 83.
Ole Miss released a statement confirming Brewer's death in Memphis following a brief illness. Family friend Chuck Rounsaville said the former coach had been in poor health for a few months after suffering a stroke this year.
More than a decade after Nick Saban took over as the coach of Alabama, the rest of the Southeastern Conference is still trying to figure out how to consistently beat him.
A lot of coaches have tried. A lot of them have ended up unemployed.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — There aren't many people paying attention to Mississippi's football program these days.
That's not a bad thing.
After a few years of NCAA infractions trouble and a turbulent coaching change, in a lot of ways the low-stress spring is exactly what second-year coach Matt Luke and the Rebels needed.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The new coaches in the Southeastern Conference got their first opportunity to compete with one another over the last two months on the recruiting trail.
All had to navigate the new recruiting calendar and none brought in top 10 classes, according to a composite ranking of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports .
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi defensive lineman Breeland Speaks has decided to skip his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
Speaks released a statement through the school confirming the decision on Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound junior finished second on the team with 67 tackles this fall, including eight for a loss and seven sacks. He led the team with eight quarterback hurries.