If you take things like twitter reaction seriously, the choice of Southern Miss to replace former head coach Todd Monken with Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson is a tremendous success.
Hopson is not the grand slam hire that Chip Lindsey would have been, but he is a coach that has been successful after taking over a program in turmoil. An Alcorn State team that was near the bottom of the FCS when Hopson took over is now the back to back defending SWAC champions. Hopson is a coach that the Southern Miss faithful can see leading them for 10-15 years successfully.
Southern Miss Athletic Director Bill McGillis took to twitter to show his checklist for hiring Hopson.
✅Championship Head Coaching Experience ✅Southern Miss Pedigree ✅Deep Mississippi Roots— Bill McGillis (@SouthernMissAD) January 31, 2016
Let's take a look at some of the twitter reaction to Hopson's hiring, first from the fanbase.
I'm so happy we got jay hopson!!!! #SMTTT— Brandon Simpson (@Simpson_90) January 31, 2016
Congrats to Jay Hopson on the HC gig at USM. This felt like the right move from the time the job opened. Good work, @SouthernMissAD.— Richard Cross (@RichardCrossH2H) January 31, 2016
Jay Hopson was the right move for Southern Miss. Gonna do a good job there in the coming years— Hi, I'm Ryne (@RHancock19) January 31, 2016
USM just struck gold with their new head coach hire in Jay Hopson.— Yancy Porter (@YancyPorter) January 31, 2016
Even the local media have great things to say about Hopson.
I can vouch for Jay Hopson being one of the good guys in college coaching, regardless of sport ... very nice man.— Patrick Magee (@Patrick_Magee) January 31, 2016
Alas, not everyone is thrilled Hopson as head coach at Southern Miss. Keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of the fan base is ecstatic with the former Alcorn State head coach making the move to Southern Miss.
Bill McGillis should have hired Duggan. Do not like this Jay Hopson hire. I hope we keep the recruits— Terrance (@PHIrociousApe) January 31, 2016
I am hearing rumors the Jay Hopson is going to be our new coach at USM. Please say it isn't so! Surly we can do better! #SMTTT— Eddie Pickle (@GoldCupGolf) January 31, 2016
Expect a more in depth look at Hopson, his stint at Alcorn State, and what he brings to Southern Miss in the next few days.