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Former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke was named Tuesday as Georgia's offensive line coach. / Ole Miss photo

This story was updated Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at 8:40 p.m. with more information.

The Georgia Bulldogs didn't have to exist two full days without an offensive line coach.

Georgia head football coach Kirby Smart announced Tuesday afternoon that Matt Luke, who spent the past three seasons guiding Ole Miss, would be Sam Pittman's successor. Pittman was named Sunday night as the new head coach at Arkansas.

"We are extremely excited and fortunate to have Matt join our staff," Smart said in a release. "He's a proven football coach who has a wealth of experience on the offensive side of the ball, especially in the offensive line. He has a great reputation among those who have played for him, and it's obvious watching his teams over many years that players love him and play hard for him."

Luke also has been given the title of associate head coach, the same title Pittman possessed this season.

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Ole Miss photo / Former Ole Miss head football coach Matt Luke was named today as Georgia's new offensive line coach, replacing Sam Pittman.

An Ole Miss offensive lineman from 1995 to 1998, Luke became a student assistant for the Rebels in 1999 before becoming Murray State's offensive line coach (2000-01). He then returned to Ole Miss as offensive line coach for four seasons before having the same role at Tennessee in 2006-07.

Luke became Duke's offensive coordinator from 2008 to 2011 before returning to his alma mater again, working as Hugh Freeze's offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2016. When Freeze was dismissed in the summer of 2017, Luke was elevated to head coach and guided the Rebels to records of 6-6, 5-7 and 4-8.

His final game at Ole Miss was a 21-20 loss at Mississippi State on Thanksgiving night, which forever will be remembered for Rebels receiver Elijah Moore imitating a dog taking a pee during a touchdown celebration in the final seconds. That resulted in Ole Miss having to attempt a longer extra point, which was missed.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

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