Hopson gets his shot at leading Southern Miss football

BY foxsports • February 1, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) Jay Hopson was an assistant coach on some good Southern Mississippi football teams during the 2000s.

Now he's returning to try and duplicate that success as the program's leader.

Hopson was introduced as Southern Mississippi's new football on campus Monday, saying the position is an ''opportunity of a lifetime.'' He was hired from Alcorn State, where he led the Braves to back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference championships.

This is his third stint at Southern Miss - he was the Golden Eagles' defensive backs coach from 2001 to '03 and the defensive coordinator from 2005 to '07.

The Vicksburg, Mississippi, native, takes over for Todd Monken, who left after three seasons to become the offensive coordinator for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Golden Eagles had a 9-5 record last season.

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