According to multiple reports out of Hattiesburg and Columbia, USC associate head coach over defense Ellis Johnson will interview for the head coaching job at Southern Miss this week. Patrick Magee of the Hattiesburg American reports Southern Miss offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, and LSU running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson are other potential candidates.
Johnson is a native of Winnsboro and has spent the past four seasons at USC. He worked at Southern Miss from 1988-89 and also had a stint as the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State from 2004 to 2007. Johnson’s only collegiate head coaching experience came in a stint The Citadel (2001-2003) and a one year gig at Gardner-Webb in 1983.