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Mike Leach has hired former Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson

Following a season opening loss to South Alabama to open the 2020 season, Jay Hopson suddenly resigned from the head coaching job at Southern Miss.

Hopson went 28-23 in four full seasons leading the rebuild of the Golden Eagle program, and had gone an impressive 32-17 at Alcorn State (FCS) prior to that.

The college coaching veteran has now landed a new gig, on staff with Mike Leach at Mississippi State in the SEC.

Hopson's role on Leach's staff will be as a defensive analyst, he shared with the Sun Herald.

With the addition, Leach follows the popular path of adding a veteran presence to his analyst staff, as Hopson has served as an assistant at programs like Michigan, Ole Miss, Memphis, Southern Miss, and Marshall and held graduate assistant jobs early in his career at LSU, Florida, and Tulane.

Hopson has a wealth of experience working with the secondary over the course of his career, as well as a few seasons coaching the linebackers at Michigan.

He has also previously served as the defensive coordinator for programs at Southern Miss (2005-07) and Memphis (2010-11).

See the full piece from the Sun Herald here.

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