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Reports: Southern Miss Set to name Will Hall as Head Coach

The 40-year-old Mississippi native is set to return to the Magnolia State at Southern Miss.

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In a year that has seen three people assume the title of head coach at Southern Miss, athletic director Jeremy McClain appears to have brought the Golden Eagles’ coaching carousel to a halt, landing on Tulane offensive coordinator Will Hall. Multiple reports state that the 40-year-old Mississippi native is set to return to the Magnolia State and will be named head coach at Southern Miss. Hall will inherit a team that is currently 2-7 on the season and a program that went 28-23 in four seasons under former head coach Jay Hopson, who resigned one game into the 2020 campaign.

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Hall has guided the Tulane offense to back-to-back seasons of averaging 30-plus points per game.

A native of Amory, MS, Hall has guided the Tulane offense to a top-30 finish in points per game last season (33.1) and the Green Wave are ranked 25th in the nation in the same category through 10 games this year, averaging 35.4 points per contest. Prior to Tulane, he spent a season at Memphis under Mike Norvell as associate head coach and the offensive coordinator at Louisiana in 2017. Hall spent six years as a head coach at the Division II level, amassing a 56-20 record in stops at West Alabama and West Georgia from 2011-2017.

FootballScoop.com is reporting that Liberty offensive line coach Sam Gregg is expected to join Hall’s staff as offensive coordinator. The move would reunite the two as Gregg served as Hall’s OC at West Alabama and West Georgia. Additionally, it’s expected that Arkansas State running backs coach Desmond Lindsey and Tulane offensive line coach Cody Kennedy will be part of Hall’s staff in Hattiesburg.

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Jay Hopson coached his final game at Southern Miss - a loss to South Alabama in the season-opener.
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The Golden Eagles opened 2020 with Hopson as head coach, followed by Scotty Walden and Tim Billings, who both have served in interim roles.