Before Jay Hopson left Southern Miss just one game into the 2020 season, he was making $500,000 annually as the leader of the program. That salary ranked last among head coaches in Conference USA.
Southern Miss’ commitment will be much different under Will Hall, as the Sun Herald points out.
According to the article, Hall’s deal at Southern Miss is for four-years and worth $800,000 a year. That salary puts him in the same territory as coaches like Tim Lester (Western Michigan), Jeff Traylor (UTSA), Jim McElwain (Central Michigan), and Jake Spavital (Texas State).
Hall will also be given a salary pool of $2.1 million for his assistant coaches, which ranks third in the league.
If he were to leave Hattiesburg before the start of the 2022 season, Hall would owe Southern Miss $1.5 million, and that buyout would drop by $500k over the next two years. On the flip side, if Southern Miss were to fire Hall without cause, he would be owed 100% of his remaining salary, and the buyout would be offset by future employment. If fired with cause, Hall would forfeit his remaining compensation.
Before leaving to become the offensive coordinator at Tulane, Hall went 25-11 as the head coach at West Alabama (D-II) and then 31-9 as the head coach at West Georgia with two 12-win seasons and back-to-back appearances in the D-II semifinals in 2014 and 2015.
See the full article from the Sun Herald, complete with more details, here.