UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

February 11th, 2019 | by CollegeAD
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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Following a tumultuous week for Southern Miss football coach Jay Hopson, USM president Rodney Bennett released a statement on Monday that expressed support for the fourth-year head coach. This comes after Bennett and Hopson appeared to be at odds last week after the president decided to rule against the hiring of Art Briles as the team’s offensive coordinator. Briles was fired as head coach at Baylor in 2016 as the result of an investigation into sexual assaults committed by some of his football players. Hopson released a statement Wednesday that said he disagreed with Bennett’s decision and described Briles “as a man who does love the Lord and deserves a second chance.” Bennett said in his Monday statement that he and Hopson spoke on multiple occasions last week and that the two had a meeting over the weekend to discuss the future of the football program. -Patrick Magee, sunherald. Read More.

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