Southern Miss tabs Alcorn State's Jay Hopson as new head coach

BY foxsports • January 30, 2016

Alcorn State’s Jay Hopson is the new coach at Southern Miss, the school AD announced Saturday night.

The 47-year-old Vicksburg, Miss., native was 32-17 at the SWAC school. Hopson, a former Ole Miss DB, has won 28 games the past three seasons. He is a former USM defensive coordinator.

Hopson will replace Todd Monken, who left last weekend to become the Tampa Bay Bucs' new offensive coordinator.

Hopson became the first white head football coach in Southwestern Athletic Conference history in 2012 when he took over at Alcorn State, a historically black university. The Braves won a SWAC championship in each of the past two seasons.

Hopson takes over a Southern Miss program that's coming off a resurgent 9-5 season. The Golden Eagles won the Conference USA Western Division before losing to Western Kentucky in the league title game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.