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Matt Luke Hired to Replace Sam Pittman as Georgia Offensive Line Coach

With Sam Pittman off to become the new head coach at Arkansas, Kirby Smart brings in former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke to replace him.

Georgia hired Matt Luke as its new offensive line coach Tuesday. Luke replaces Sam Pittman, who recently took the head coaching job at Arkansas.

The loss of offensive line coach Pittman was a rather big blow to the Georgia football staff. Pittman is not only one of the best developers of talent at the position—having placed 11 linemen in the NFL since 2011—but he's one of the nation's top recruiters of the position. 

Since taking over the job at Georgia in 2016, Pittman brought in five 5-star prospects and eight 4-stars. 

Losing one of Georgia's top assistant coaches is not foreign to Kirby Smart and Georgia, though. Last season it was Mel Tucker and Jim Chaney. This season it's Sam Pittman and potentially Dan Lanning.

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Luke was recently relieved of his head coaching duties at Ole Miss after posting a 15-21 record amidst NCAA sanctions. The decision to fire Luke did not sit well with Ole Miss players. It was reported that several players walked out of the meeting with athletic director Keith Carter. 

The former head coach recruited exceptionally well during his seven-year stint as a member of the Rebel staff. Most recently Laremy Tunsil and Greg Little, both of whom were top NFL draft picks and 5-star recruits. 

But most importantly, players love Coach Luke. Not to mention he will be able to step in and continue to recruit at a high level. Will he recruit at the level that Sam Pittman did at Georgia? Probably not, but there shouldn't be a massive drop off either. 

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