USM on day five of coaching search

USM on day five of coaching search
Photo from The University of Southern Mississippi
Photo from The University of Southern Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Speculation continues to circulate around who Southern Miss will hire to replace former head coach Todd Monken.  Four days have passed since Monken announced his resignation, and just six days remain before national signing day.

Multiple names have been linked to the position such as current USM Defensive Coordinator David Duggan who interviewed Monday and former USM Offensive Coordinator Chip Lindsey. According to FOX Sports reporter Bruce Feldman, Lindsey chose to remain with the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Other names that came up were Bill Clark from UAB, Alcorn's head coach Jay Hopson, Doug Meacham co-offensive coordinator with TCU and Gene Chizik former head coach of the Auburn Tigers.

AL.com confirmed that Southern Miss considered Bill Clark; but Clark told AL.com that he is committed to UAB and is no longer part of the process with Southern Miss.

On Wednesday, a new name surfaced: Doug Nussmeier.  Nussmeier is currently the offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators. FootballScoop reported that Nussmeier is "a very strong candidate for the job."

Nussmeier just completed his first season with the Gators. He previously worked as the offensive coordinator at Michigan (2014) and Alabama (2012, 2013).

Can Southern Miss afford to hire an SEC coach?

"Nussmeier, who signed a three-year, $1.545 million deal with the Gators and earned $490,000 in 2015 as the team's second-highest paid assistant," according to onlygators.com

The candidate pool is beginning to narrow, but time is passing quickly.

Southern Miss officials originally stated that they will have a coach in place by the end of the week.
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