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Southern Miss searching for new coach after Monken bolts for NFL

Southern Miss searching for new coach after Monken bolts for NFL
Published On: Mon, Jan 25
Sep 26, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defensive lineman Naim Mustafa (92) and linebacker Jerry McCorvey (37) tackle Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Terrell Newby (34) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 36-28. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Less than two weeks before Signing Day, Southern Miss is looking for a new head coach. Todd Monken has left after leading USM to a 9-5 season to become the new offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Bucs. The Golden Eagles were just 1-11 in his debut season in 2013. They were 0-12 under Ellis Johnson the season before Monken took over. AD Bill McGillis said he expects to have his new coach hired by next week.

A source told FOX Sports on Sunday night that 40-year-old Chip Lindsey, who left USM this offseason after helping the program set several offensive records to become the OC at ASU, is expected to get strong consideration for the job. Word is the AD would like to hire a coach with a strong offensive background. Lindsey turned down opportunities to become the head coach at Eastern Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe.

Other potential candidates who could be in the mix include: Tyrone Nix, who was a former Golden Eagles linebacker and team captain is now the defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee. The 43-year-old Nix spent a decade as a USM assistant.

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