Offensive Coordinator Buster Faulkner leaving Southern Miss


For the second year in a row, Southern Miss is in search of a new offensive coordinator.

Buster Faulkner has been hired by Georgia to the position of offensive quality control according to the program’s website.

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He’ll now be working alongside former USM Head Coach Todd Monken who was just hired as Georgia’s offensive coordinator last week.  During his one season in Hattiesburg, Faulkner’s offense was middle of the pack at more than 26 points per game, good for seventh in Conference USA.

The Golden Eagles also have to replace co-defensive coordinator and defensive line Coach Derek Nicholson who left to join the Louisville staff over the weekend, according to

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at


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