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Hattiesburgamerican.com has reported that Jay Hopson has been hired as head football coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.jay hopson cel bowlHopson

Hopson just completed his fourth year as head coach at Alcorn State, leading the Braves to a their second consecutive SWAC championship and a berth in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.

Hopson had been the subject of some speculation regarding a position at Mississippi State, however MSU head coach Dan Mullin denied the rumor indicating a decision would not be made until after national signing day.

This will be Hopson's third stint at USM. He was defensive backs coach from 2001-03 and defensive coordinator from 2005-07.

Alcorn State University Athletics Director Derek Horne has announced that assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Fred McNair will serve as interim head football coach.

Horne said that a national search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.

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