Southern Miss names Alcorn State’s Jay Hopson new HC

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles were easily one of the most surprising teams during the 2015 season as they went from 3-9 in 2014 to 9-3 with a Conference USA West division championship. They will be heading into the future with a new head coach after Todd Monken took the offensive coordinator job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Golden Eagles went on a search for their new head coach, which included possibly bringing back former offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, who took the same job at Arizona State following the season. On Saturday, the team said that they were close to hiring a new coach and they did just that later that night as they hired Alcorn State’s Jay Hopson to be their new coach.

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Welcome Jay Hopson to the @USMGoldenEagles #SouthernMiss family. Recruit Sunday. Team Sunday. Press Conference Monday!

— Bill McGillis (@BillMcGillisUSD) January 31, 2016

Hopson seems to be a big pickup for the Golden Eagles. He is a native of Mississippi and played at Ole Miss as well as having assistant stints all throughout the SEC at Ole Miss, LSU, and Florida.

He spent four years at Alcorn State, leading them to three nine plus win seasons and two SWAC Championships the last two years. In 2015, he led the team to the HBCU National Championship Game, better known as the Celebration Bowl.

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