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09-07-2020 05:00 PM
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I wonder what USM fans think. Pretty crappy to quit on your team after one game considering the circumstances.
09-07-2020 05:22 PM
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That depends on whether he jumped or was pushed. I hear there were a lot of noses out of joint after losing to South. He was 28-23. This seems a particularly odd time for a coaching search, but I guess everyone involved has lots of time this way.

https://www.vicksburgpost.com/2020/09/07...ead-coach/
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09-07-2020 06:09 PM
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A school can fire a coach anytime but must wait to hire a new one until the end of the season. I recall that Arkansas fired one of its FBHCs after an opening game loss to The Citadel. Some losses hurt more than others.
09-07-2020 07:41 PM
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WTF? Only in 2020...
09-08-2020 08:45 AM
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RE: Hopson Out at SMiss
Probably not the best answer but Hopson was mediocre at best as our HC.

2016 - finished 7-6 (was 5-6 headed into season finale and won it and then bowl game vs ULL)

2017 - finished 8-5 (his best year but a bowl game blowout loss to a depleted Florida St team made it feel like a .500 season at best)

2018 - finished 6-5 (had a game cancelled due to a hurricane and did not make a bowl game. Probably would've lost the cancelled game at Appalachian St)

2019 - finished 7-6 (started 7-3 and with CG berth on the line we lost our last 2 regular season games plus a 30-13 bowl game loss to Tulane where we were up 13-0 less than 10 minutes into the game)

Along the way he made quite a few head scratching moments such as punting late in the 4th quarter of a 2 score game, punting from the short 34 while trailing, and there were multiple games we would jump out to an early 10-14 point lead only to never score again while the defense would give up 28+ points it seemed like.

There's probably a lot more behind the scenes things that we'll never know which most assume led to the player exodus less than 2 weeks before the season started but quite a few wanted him gone after the bowl game loss to Tulane.
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09-08-2020 11:03 AM
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RE: Hopson Out at SMiss
I'd imagine he had made lots of enemies w/ boosters/admin over Briles & the player w/ shady past & the loss was the last straw among them. The player exodus leads me to believe the team had issues w/ him for something as well
09-08-2020 11:52 AM
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(09-08-2020 11:52 AM)blazerwkr Wrote:  I'd imagine he had made lots of enemies w/ boosters/admin over Briles & the player w/ shady past & the loss was the last straw among them. The player exodus leads me to believe the team had issues w/ him for something as well

IMO most (but not all) boosters seemed to accept the Briles hire. From my recollection the admin is the one who backtracked on it. There's multiple stories on it but the most common one is the university president knew about it but then recoursed when some backlash grew because of Briles past. Again, may not be the most accurate account but Hopson's list of "enemies" had been growing.
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My understanding it that Briles was blocked by the president, which to my mind was the right thing to do.

That said, if Briles were the OC I think Hopson still has a job.
09-08-2020 05:08 PM
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If they are smart they call Greg Seitz at JSU and ask to speak to Grass.

That said no one claimed they were smart. Just call Garrick McGee.
09-09-2020 10:10 AM
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Call Watson out of retirement - UAB always lost to USM under him
09-09-2020 12:29 PM
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(09-09-2020 10:10 AM)ATTALLABLAZE Wrote:  If they are smart they call Greg Seitz at JSU and ask to speak to Grass.

That said no one claimed they were smart. Just call Garrick McGee.

Keep quiet! I want Grass available if someone makes Clark an offer he can’t refuse
09-09-2020 04:33 PM
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He’s already had offers most can’t refuse. ;-)
09-09-2020 07:00 PM
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They should rehire Ellis Johnson
09-09-2020 10:12 PM
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They should hire Freeze
09-09-2020 10:42 PM
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(09-09-2020 07:00 PM)ATTALLABLAZE Wrote:  He’s already had offers most can’t refuse. ;-)

I’m fully aware of some the offers he has turned down. It’s the big big money at a program that can legitimately win a national championship that scares me.
09-10-2020 07:38 AM
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(09-09-2020 10:42 PM)Blazer88 Wrote:  They should hire Freeze

That makes the most sense, and he's a USM graduate. Frankly, that possibility scares me.

Here's an article that discusses him as a candidate and mentions some other names that are being floated:

https://thespun.com/college-football/sou...ry-falwell
09-10-2020 11:01 AM
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