USM head football coach signed four year extension Saturday

When Southern Miss head football Coach Jay Hopson takes the field for USM’s season opener versus Jackson State on Saturday, he’ll be doing so with a lot more job security than ever before.

On Saturday, the third year head man of the Golden Eagles signed a four year contract extension to stay in Hattiesburg.

As reported by the Sun Herald, Coach Hopson will continue to earn $500,000 per season securing his spot through January 31st, 2022.

According to USA Today, Hopson is the 108th highest paid head coach in college football, but that doesn’t seem to matter as long as it’s the last job he ever has. “Southern Miss is where I want to be, so I mean I’m a South Mississippi boy. I love Southern Miss, I love the Black and Gold. Every person has their own agenda or the things they want to accomplish in life, but like I said, you’re going to bury me in Vicksburg or Hattiesburg, one of the two, so I’m going under the dirt right there. So I’m blessed to be here, I’m appreciative of the opportunity to be here. It’s definitely in my blood.”

During his first two seasons at Southern Miss, Hopson posted a combined record of 15-11 to go along with two bowl games.

USM versus Jackson State is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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