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Report: Ellis Johnson set to be named new S. Miss head coach

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Rumors connecting Ellis Johnson to the head-coaching vacancy at Southern Miss that have grown louder in recent days are about to come to fruition, is reporting.

According to the website, the South Carolina defensive coordinator was offered the Golden Eagles job on Monday and accepted the position a short time later.  An official announcement from Southern Miss is expected to take place in the next 24 hours, the site reports.

Johnson had interviewed for the job Dec. 15, and his current boss did not sound like the coordinator was long for the Gamecocks.

“You’ll have to ask Ellis about that,” USC head coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday when asked about Johnson being connected to the Southern Miss job. “From what I’ve heard, he’s got a good shot at it. We wait and see how it plays out.”

Johnson has been Spurrier’s coordinator for the past four seasons and the Gamecocks finished this season as the No. 13 scoring defense in the country, giving up 18.8 points per game.  His return to Hattiesburg will also be a reunion of sorts as Johnson served as an assistant coach at the school in 1988 and 1989.

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6 Responses to “Report: Ellis Johnson set to be named new S. Miss head coach”
  1. tg1896 says: Dec 20, 2011 7:30 AM

    The only problem I have with this article is referring to Steve Spurrier as the “USC head coach”. That job is currently held by Lane Kiffin.

    Remember – USC is on the west coast and Carolina is in Chapel Hill.

  2. tsimpson50 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:09 AM

    University of South Carolina… the one that may not win as much, but has a lot less troubles with the powers that be at the NCAA offices..

  3. soumiss says: Dec 20, 2011 10:57 AM

    ” Carolina is in Chapel Hill” —– you seem to be Geographically challenged, that is the University of North Carolina, Ellis Johnson is at South Carolina.

  4. tg1896 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:16 PM

    Soumiss – you seem to be the one that is challenged. Let me explain this very slowly – CAROLINA is in Chapel Hill and has won 37 national championships. The school to the south is SOUTH Carolina and has 8 national championships.

    I’m a little surprised you were unaware that CAROLINA is in Chapel Hill since your former coach is now headed in that directon.

  5. jonkybon says: Dec 20, 2011 4:42 PM

    University of South Carolina… the one that may not win as much, but has a lot less troubles with the powers that be at the NCAA offices

    Don’t hold your breathe on that one. A world of hurt is in store for the Shamecocks. What’s more; the only respectible part of the team is the D and its leaving.

  6. uscatjerseyshore says: Dec 21, 2011 1:47 AM


    Thank you for letting the author John Taylor know the whereabouts of USC. He seems confused.

    Incidentially the University of South Carolina AKA Carolina AKA Gamecocks’ home is Columbia, SC.

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