We’ve already looked at some of the candidates for Georgia’s next offensive line coach, and done a whiparound look at some of the whacky coaching carousel rumors touching the University of Georgia football team. But the most persistent rumor so far has been that former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke has been approached to replace the departed Sam Pittman. If that’s the case, he’s got at least one supporter who’s both familiar to and beloved by Georgia football fans.
If @CoachMattLuke is the next oline coach at @GeorgiaFootball they will be in good hands. He recruited me when he was at duke and was my favorite coach that I got to spend time with. Really pushing for this one!— David Andrews (@dandrews61) December 10, 2019
Boss’s endorsement jibes (h/t Altamaha Dawg) pretty well with what you hear generally about Luke, which is that he’s great to talk to and knows what he’s doing from a coaching perspective. But as Andrews notes, when he was recruiting the current Patriot he was recruiting him to Duke to play under David Cutcliffe. That’s a hard sell for elite talent. It would be interesting what he could do selling three straight top ten CFB Playoff finishes. It’s also worth noting that the now Super Bowl champ’s only two FBS offers were from Georgia and Duke, so the guy might also get some wood on the ball as a talent evaluator, too.
With five offensive line commits making up a third of Georgia’s currently committed 2020 signing class and only eight days until the early signing period, Coach Smart needs to lock in a Pittman replacement sooner rather than later. While everyone wants him to consider his options, hiring the guy one of the best recent Bulldog linemen vouches for probably wouldn’t be surprising. Until later . . .