Southern Miss Coach Jay Hopson resigned in just one game in the 2020 college football season


Athletic director Jeremy McClain announced on Monday that Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson resigned from his post in the 2020 college football season by just one game. Co-offensive coordinator Scotty Walden will take over as the interim head coach of the Golden Eagles.

Hopson took over the Southern Miss program prior to the 2016 season. He went between 28–23 overall and 20–12 in the last four-plus seasons in the United States. He led the Golden Eagles in three Eagles games, but never finished higher than second place in the C-USA West Division. He served as an assistant coach with the 2001–03 and 2005–07 schedules.

McClain said, “Coach Hopson came to discuss what was in my heart after last Thursday’s game and over the weekend he and I agreed that our football program needed new leadership . ” “Coach Hopson has been a part of our program for 10 years. I appreciate his commitment to Southern Miss and wish Jay and his family all the best.”

Hopson’s Golden Eagles lost 32-21 to South Alabama on Thursday night in the season opener, despite being a 13.5 point favorite according to William Hill Sportsbook. The defense gave the Jaguars 526 yards, including 363 passing yards and 12.1 yards per decedent between Trotter and Chance Laversich.

“After heartfelt discussions with Jeremy, we have come to a mutual agreement for me to step down as head coach,” Hopson said. “I fully agree with this change in leadership and truly believe that it is in the best interests of the players, coaches and this entire program. I cannot thank Dr. Bennett and our administration for this opportunity That they gave me. ” Nothing but Southern Miss, I am grateful to all that they have done for me and my family. ”

Earlier, Hopson was 32-17 over four seasons at FCS Alcorn State from 2012-15, won the SWAC in 2014-15 and led the Braves to the Opening Ceremony Bowl – beating the SWAC and MEAC champions – 2015 Post season.

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