Southern Miss interviews Anderson, will interview Alabama's Smart for head coaching vacancy

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A source close to the search committee in charge of replacing Larry Fedora tells Seven On Your Side that the committee has interviewed Southern Miss offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, and plans to travel to New Orleans and Atlanta this week to interview University of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Murray State Head Coach Chris Hatcher.

Smart will be on the sidelines as Alabama plays LSU in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 9, while Hatcher, who's compiled a 100-32 overall record as a head coach, just completed his second season at the helm of Murray State.

The committee has also interviewed University of Louisiana-Lafayette offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, as well as Todd Monkon, who currently serves as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. Johnson served for five seasons under former Southern Miss head coach Jeff Bower, while Monkon helped mold one of the most prolific offenses in the country this season with the 11-1 cowboys.

Seven On Your side also learned the committee interviewed both Anderson and Johnson last week.

Another candidate the committee plans to interview is former Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, who was not retained by recently hired rebel head coach Hugh Freeze.

Two other names the University are reportedly after are Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth, and University of South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson.

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