Southern Miss football program under microscope following national report

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Things have gone from bad to worse for the Southern Miss football program in the days following an interview with former Baylor Head Coach Art Briles. Now, it’s USM’s head coach that’s under the microscope.

According to a Thursday night report from ‘The Athletic’, Jay Hopson acted without the backing of school administration when he attempted to hire Briles as the team’s offensive coordinator.

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The more pressing issue the article brings to light is the recruitment of Charles West, a junior college football player accused of raping two women at knife-point in separate incidents in 2015.

News 25 has confirmed through a USM spokesman that West signed a grant-in aid, but after a discovery made by someone from the student-academic enhancement program per a separate source, West was eventually declined admission.

WXXV can also confirm West was never actually enrolled in classes at the university.



‘The Athletic’ goes on to cite two separate incidents that occurred under Hopson’s watch during his time at Alcorn State regarding two players accused of sexual assault and aggravated rape.

Hopson and University President Dr. Rodney Bennett remain divided on the original decision not to hire Briles.

That situation appears to have opened the flood gates on a national scale.