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With Johnson at USM, Stoops-to-South Carolina rumors begin in earnest

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Following up on the initial reports from last night, South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson was indeed named the new head coach of Southern Miss today, replacing Larry Fedora, who moved on to North Carolina.

Fedora will coach the Golden Eagles in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. Ellis, however, said he will not be with the Gamecocks on Jan. 2 when they take on Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

Assistant Lorenzo Ward will likely take over play-calling duties for the Gamecocks’ D, but USC may not miss a beat in replacing Ellis after the game. The State‘s Josh Kendall reported today that former Arizona coach Mike Stoops is interested in the job. Stoops is close with Steve Spurrier Jr. and the two have reportedly spoken recently.

Stoops, who was fired from Arizona earlier this year, had also been connected to DC jobs at Ohio State and Nebraska.

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6 Responses to “With Johnson at USM, Stoops-to-South Carolina rumors begin in earnest”
  1. namriverrat69 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:53 PM

    Regardless where Mike Stoops coaches he is still the loser maniac he displayed for years on the Arizona sidelines. He was an embarrassment to the game with his stomping and whining over ever little call that went against him. How do you develop confidence and coolheadedness in your players when your coach is acting likc a lunitic on the sidelines. No hoped there. If USC hires him perhaps they can keep him tied up in the press box so the viewing public can’t see him. He is also a lowsy recruiter too.

  2. uscatjerseyshore says: Dec 21, 2011 1:36 AM

    Why would USC hire him? South Carolina might do so but Southern California doesn’t need a new DC.

  3. cg321 says: Dec 21, 2011 3:29 AM

    That is because this article has nothing to do with Southern California. It is only talking about USC.

  4. kmdp4 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:51 AM

    uscatjerseyshore says:
    Dec 21, 2011 1:36 AM
    Why would USC hire him? South Carolina might do so but Southern California doesn’t need a new DC.

    Duh which way did he go George which way did he go.

    The article is about South Carolina also USC, not Southern California.

  5. ancientcougar says: Dec 21, 2011 10:28 AM

    I think it is “lunatic” and how soon we forget that the Stoops brothers did very well as a team; even won a National Championship.

  6. boomerdt says: Dec 21, 2011 1:49 PM

    Mike is a top notch defense coordinator. Not a great coach…. He’d fit in well at USC. I think the SEC style of play fits with him very well. Part of me hopes he’ll come back to OU.

    Mike Stoops watch 2011-2012 is on!

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