The Southern Miss Athletic Department confirmed Head Football Coach Jay Hopson has stepped down and Assistant Head Coach Scotty Walden has been named interim head coach.
Hopson released a statement saying: “After heartfelt discussion with Jeremy McClain, we have come to a mutual agreement for me to step down as head coach. I am in total agreement with this change in leadership and truly believe it is in the best interest of the players, coaches, and this entire program. I cannot thank Dr. Bennett and our administration enough for the opportunity that they gave me. I wish Southern Miss nothing but the best and am thankful for all that they have done for me and my family.”
Hopson became the Golden Eagles 21st head football coach ahead of the 2016 season. In his four seasons at Southern Miss Hopson posted a 28-23 record and led the Golden Eagles to three bowl games.
Following Thursday’s 32-21 loss to South Alabama, Hopson met with Southern Miss Athletic Director Jeremy McClain to “discuss what was on his heart.”
McClain released a statement saying: “After much discussion over the weekend, he, Hopson, and I agreed that new leadership for our football program is needed. Coach Hopson has been a part of our program for 10 years. I appreciate his commitment to Southern Miss and wish Jay and his family nothing but the best.”
New interim Head Coach Scotty Walden will make his head coaching debut with the Golden Eagles on Saturday, September 19th at home against Louisiana Tech.