Search is on for Jay Hopson’s successor
In the meantime, 30-year-old Scotty Walden will serve as the interim head coach following a 32-21 season-opening loss to South Alabama at home.
That disappointing result capped off Hopson’s worst stretch in Hattiesburg, ending his four-plus years as head man with four straight losses.
However, Hopson was 28-23 overall with four winning seasons, advancing to three bowl games but failing to make it to the Conference USA championship game.
As for what’s next for Hopson, WAPT reports he’s not a candidate to return to Alcorn State where he was head coach for four years prior to his third stint with the Golden Eagles.
Now, according to the Sun Herald, these are some names to look out for when it comes to the next in line at Southern Miss. Some of them have ties to USM. Of course we remember Larry Fedora prior to his departure for North Carolina after the 2011 season.
Former Golden Eagle player and defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix nearly got the job in 2016 and it is too soon to count out Scotty Walden.
Not to mention, John Wozniak was a key part of Todd Monken’s staff and could get a look as well.
Even former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze is a name that’s gaining traction.
It’s worth noting, Hopson was the lowest paid head coach in C-USA so USM could have to up the pay day for the ultimate successor to Hopson.