By Parrish Alford | NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Matt Luke , a starting center and a captain on Tommy Tuberville’s Rebels teams, is returning to Ole Miss.
The school announced Monday that Luke has been hired as offensive line coach on the staff of new head coach Hugh Freeze.
In addition, Barney Farrar, who served as assistant athletics director for external affairs at Ole Miss in 2006, has been hired as assistant athletics director for community relations.
Luke has spent the last four seasons as offensive line coach and run game coordinator for former Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe at Duke.
He played at Ole Miss from 1995-1998 and served as student assistant coach and assistant coach on Cutcliffe’s staff and later on Ed Orgeron’s first staff.
Luke left Ole Miss following the 2005 season to join the staff at Tennessee where Cutcliffe was offensive coordinator.
“For a coach like Matt Luke to return to Ole Miss – a place where he is so loved and loves so dearly – is a home run for us,” Freeze said. “He is tireless recruiter and is a great representative of our university.”
Duke’s offensive lines ranked among the ACC’s top five in fewest sacks allowed in each of Luke’s four seasons. They ranked third in 2009 and 2010.
A native of Gulfport, Luke’s father, Tommy, was a defensive back at Ole Miss in the 1960s. His brother, Tom, was an Ole Miss quarterback from 1989-1991.
Matt Luke began his coaching career working with the offensive line at Murray State in 2000 and 2001.
A native of Kosciusko, Farrar spent the last four seasons at Southern Miss, including three as tight ends coach and the last as head of player development and building and maintaining relationships at the high school level.
He was named by Rivals.com as one of the top “Non-Big Six” Recruiters of the Year for the class of 2010 and was one of only four C-USA coaches selected.