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Southern Miss hires Alcorn State's Jay Hopson as head coach

Southern Miss hires Alcorn State's Jay Hopson as head coach
Published On: Mon, Feb 01
Nov 30, 2013; Birmingham, AL, USA; Southern Miss Eagles wide receiver Dominique Sullivan (18) catches a pass as UAB Blazers cornerback Jordan Petty (right) defends at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Mississippi moved quickly to find its new head coach.

Six days after Todd Monken left the program to become the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, athletic director Bill McGillis announced the hire of Jay Hopson as head coach. Hopson spent the past four seasons as head coach at FCS Alcorn State, where he notched a 32-17 overall record and won back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference titles in 2014 and 2015.

This will be Hopsons third stint at Southern Miss. He previously served as the Golden Eagles defensive backs coach from 2001-03 and was defensive coordinator from 2005-07. The team led Conference USA in scoring defense in two of Hopsons seasons as defensive coordinator.

Hopson, a native of Vicksburg, Miss., has also had stints as an assistant at Delta State, Marshall, Michigan, Memphis and Ole Miss, his alma mater.

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