Six days after Monken’s departure, Bill McGillis announced on Twitter Saturday night that the head coach’s replacement has been found.
Jay Hopson will join Southern Miss after spending four years as head coach at Alcorn State. Hopson compiled a 32-17 record with the Braves at Alcorn,. He finished his last two seasons with back-to-back SWAC championships.
Hopson will return to USM for the third time in his career after stints under Jeff Bower as defensive backs coach from 2001-2003 and defensive coordinator from 2005-2007. With Hopson back at Southern Miss, the continuity and familiarity that he can bring may be able to stabilize the program.
Names like Eddie Gran, Doug Nussmeier and others all put their names into the pool to become the next Southern Miss head coach. Ultimately, those candidates just were not enough for McGillis to put his potentially C-USA championship team trust in.
With both Chip Lindsey and Monken leaving the program, continuity is something that USM may need, according to several news outlets. Defensive coordinator David Duggan is a name that appeared among several pundits as a strong candidate for the job. Hopson himself sealed the deal.
Southern Miss will formally introduce Hopson as head coach at a press conference Monday.