Johnson to Southern Miss

Rumors began flying Monday afternoon that Ellis Johnson was expected to be named head coach at Southern Miss. Late Monday night the deal was finalized.

Drew White of, the site of Southern Miss, reported just after 9:30 Monday night that word is finally official. Ellis Johnson is expected to become the new head coach for the Golden Eagles.

Johnson spent four years at South Carolina, but has a wealth of experience in coaching all around the southeast. After graduating from The Citadel in 1975, Johnson coached defensive ends for The Citadel in 1975 before moving over to Gaffney High School from 1976-78 as an assistant and spent three years at Spartanburg High School where he served as both assistant and head coach.

Johnson has spent time at Appalachian State, Southern Miss, Clemson Alabama, Mississippi State, and South Carolina as defensive coordinator, coaching in four SEC Championship games and won a National Championship at Alabama in 1992 as outside linebackers coach.

Johnson also brings head coaching experience to Southern Miss. Johnson was head coach at Gardner Webb for one season (1983) and spent three years at The Citadel (2001-03).

No official announcement date has been set by Southern Miss as the team is currently in Hawaii preparing for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. It is also unclear if Johnson will coach in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on January 2nd against Nebraska.

Johnson becomes the second Carolina coach to leave since the conclusion of the season, joining running back coach Jay Graham who left for the same position at his Alma Mater, Tennessee.

Stay tuned to for more information.

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