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, TheBigSpur.com 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.