Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson is expected to be named the next coach at Southern Mississippi, according to a report.

The Hattiesburg American reported late Saturday that Hopson, who led Alcorn State to back-to-back SWAC championships in 2014 and 2015, will replace Todd Monken.


Hopson was a defensive assistant at Southern Mississippi from 2001-2003 and then 2005-2007.

In 2012, Hopson was hired by Alcorn State making him the first white head football coach in SWAC history.

Hopson complied a 32-17 record, two conference championships, Celebration Bowl appearance and a SBN Black National Championship over four seasons.

In 2014, Hopson signed a three-year contract extension with Alcorn State.

This past offseason,Hopson had reportedly drawn interest from Louisiana Monroe and Mississippi State.

Alcorn State assistant Fred McNair will be named interim head coach.

Kendrick Marshall
Editor for HBCU Sports, award-winning journalist, and a graduate of Jackson State University.

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