HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WTVA) — Southern Miss head football coach Jay Hopson is out after losing the first game of the season, a 32-21 loss to South Alabama.
"Coach Hopson came to me after last Thursday's game to discuss what was on his heart, and after much discussion over the weekend, he and I agreed that new leadership for our football program is needed," said athletics director Jeremy McClain.
Hopson is leaving the school after five seasons with a 28-23 record and three bowl games.
He arrived in Hattiesburg for the top job after being head coach at Alcorn State and working as an assistant at Southern Miss as well as Ole Miss.
Co-offensive coordinator Scotty Walden will serve as interim head coach.