Southern Miss begins the search for a new head football coach today

Southern Miss begins the new search for a head football coach immediately.

Those shockwaves you feel coming from Hattiesburg, Mississippi came this afternoon when Todd Monken announced he was leaving the program to become the new offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Bucs.  

In normal circumstances, a coaching change means a few days to absorb the effects, say goodbyes, and prepare to turn the page.  

Southern Miss cannot afford such luxury.  

Instead, the search for a head coach begins immediately and without even a minute to lose.  Signing day is just a week and a half away and the Golden Eagles must try to hold this class together without a head man in place.  

The question now sits at the feet of athletic director Bill McGillis... 

Hire from within or from outside the program?  

"This'll be a true national search. We're going to consider people with different profiles," McGillis said in a press conference to announce the move of Monken.  

Southern Miss fans had a lot to cheer about this year.  Todd Monken truly turned the program around, changed the culture, and brought the winning attitude back to where it had been for so many years in Hattiesburg.  There is a lot of appreciation for what he was able to do in just three years.  Southern Miss not only had a winning record this year, but they went back to a bowl game and played in the conference championship.  

Even better, Southern Miss is set up for a great run in 2016 with the pieces they have coming back.  

"He's left us and our program on firm footing. Stable. And in position to win a championship next year," McGillis said.

Things are certainly in a good place again for Southern Miss and there is no denying it will be a highly sought after job.  The work for McGillis begins with some urgency to it, and the works starts right now.  

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