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.

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