Since Larry Fedora arrived in Hattiesburg, the Golden Eagles have finished 7-6, 7-6, and 8-5. A year ago, Southern Miss lost high scoring games to East Carolina (44-43), UAB (50-49), and Tulsa (56-50). There was something missing.
Perhaps one of things that can push the Golden Eagles over the hump is new head strength coach Paul Jackson, who spent last season as the head strength coach at Miami (OH).
Southern Miss offensive coordinator Blake Anderson told the Hattiesburg American,“There’s just an intensity about it that we just didn’t have before. He’s brought accountability and discipline and he wants to hold guys to a higher standard. After the guys have been in there a while, they start to hold each other to a higher standard. It’s contagious.”
Defensive backs coach Grady Brown, who recommended Jackson to head coach Larry Fedora, believes Southern Miss has one of the best in the profession. Brown, who once served as a grad assistant at LSU, thinks Jackson will one day be thought of like LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt.
Brown said, “Moffitt is one of the best in the business, and 25 years from now I can see Paul being referred to as the same as Moffitt is now.”
Along with Jackson, the Golden Eagle also have a new defensive coordinator in former Illinois assistant Dan Disch.
Southern Miss opens with LA Tech, then travels to Marshall in the second week of the season. The non-conference schedule includes Southeast Louisiana, at Virginia, and at Navy.