Search committee formed to replace Ellis Johnson

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss Athletic Director Jeff Hammond has formed his search committee to find a replacement for Ellis Johnson.

The list, released Thursday evening, includes football greats Reggie Collier and Sammy Winder, current Foundation President Richard Johnston, Academic and Athletic Representative Dr. Dennis Phillips, Associate A.D. Jeremy McClain, Hattiesburg OB/GYN Dr. Cathy Sessums, V.P. for Advancement at Southern Miss Bob Pierce, A.D. Jeff Hammond, and long time booster Nick Welch.

Welch made headlines last December when he was quoted by various media saying he would consider withdrawing his support from Southern Miss if Blake Anderson wasn't hired to replace Larry Fedora.  Anderson is Fedora's offensive coordinator at North Carolina.  There will be no chairman of the committee.  The group is expected to meet with President Aubrey Lucas Friday.

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