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HATTIESBURG, MS - SEPTEMBER 5: Seymour mascot for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles poses with fans during their game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on September 5, 2015 at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 34-16. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Southern Miss the landing spot for Louisville grad transfer Devontre Parnell

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Louisville’s secondary loss will turn into Southern Miss’ gain.

Devontre Parnell has confirmed to both the Sun Herald and Hattiesburg American that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Southern Miss. Parnell decided earlier this offseason to transfer from Louisville.

The cornerback, who cited the presence of former Cardinals assistant Derek Nicholson on the Eagles’ staff as a factor in his decision, confirmed that he chose Southern Miss over Appalachian State, Louisiana Tech and SMU.

“My plan is to get there in the summer, get adjusted to the team,” Parnell told the American. “I’ll try to get acclimated and compete for the starting job. I’m a competitor so I definitely want to compete for a starting job. My job is to come in and start right away.”

Parnell will be able to compete for a job immediately because of his status as a grad transfer, and he appears relatively high on his odds of doing that.

Shoulder injuries cost Parnell the entire 2013 and 2015 seasons. Sandwiched in between those two injury-plagued years was a 2014 season in which he appeared in three games.

Parnell was healthy enough to fully participate in spring practice this year for the Cardinals.

As revenues rise in Power 5, C-USA sees revenue in freefall

HUNTINGTON, WV - DECEMBER 06: Rakeem Cato #12 of the Marshall Thundering Herd and head coach Doc Holliday celebrate defeating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 26-23 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium after the Conference USA championship game on December 6, 2014 in Huntington, West Virginia.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Power 5 conferences have never been richer. That doesn’t mean business is easy for everyone in college sports, though.

According to a report from Harry Minium of the Virginian-Pilot, Conference USA is in line to receive $2.8 million — total — from its 2016-17 television contracts. Keep in mind Texas will earn more than $40 million on its own next year, with the entirety of the Big Ten and SEC soon to follow.

Conference USA received $9.95 million in fees from CBS Sports Network and Fox Sports this year and another $6.15 million in exit fees from schools leaving for the American Athletic Conference, but each of those revenue streams is set to dry by the fall.

Due to incredibly unfortunate timing, C-USA had to return to the negotiating table at a time sports networks are in between the bubble of the cable explosion and whatever comes next in the digital world. The result is C-USA returns to ESPN and its fire hose of much-needed exposure, but at a substantially reduced rate. The league will also be found on CBS Sports Network, beIN Sports and the American Sports Network.

“Right now, the television market is horrible,” C-USA commissioner Judy McLeod said. “The pool of money that’s there is going to the big guys.”

According to Minium, C-USA’s $200,000 per school media rights distribution ranks ninth in FBS, trailing each of the Power 5 schools along with the AAC ($2 million per), the Mountain West ($1.7 million) and the MAC ($670,000) but ahead of the Sun Belt ($100,000).

57 centers named to Rimington Award spring watch list

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You know how I know we’re getting closer to the start of a new season?  The first watch list of the offseason has arrived.

The first for that honor this year is the Rimington Award, which on Tuesday released its spring watch list that is 57 players strong.  The Rimington Award, named in honor of former Nebraska standout Dave Rimington, is presented annually to the top center in the nation and is determined by the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams — Walter Camp. Sporting News and FWAA.

None of the finalists for the 2015 award, won by Alabama’s Ryan Kelly, are included on this year’s initial watch list as all three have since moved on with expired eligibility.

The ACC and SEC pace all conferences with eight watch listers apiece, followed by the AAC and Big 12 with seven each.  The Big Ten placed six, while the Pac-12’s three was the least of all of the Power Five programs.

All 10 of the FBS leagues, plus one independent (Notre Dame), are represented on the spring watch list, the full roster of which appears below.

AAC
Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati, senior
Ryan Crozier, UConn, redshirt sophomore
Will Noble, Houston, sophomore
Drew Kyser, Memphis, sophomore
Evan Brown, SMU, junior
Brendan McGowan, Temple, redshirt senior
Chandler Miller, Tulsa, sophomore

ACC
Jay Guillermo, Clemson, senior
Alec Eberle, Florida State, redshirt sophomore
Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech, redshirt senior
Nicholas Linder, Miami, junior
Lucas Crowley, North Carolina, senior
Alex Officer, Pittsburgh, redshirt junior
Jason Emerich, Syracuse, redshirt senior
Jackson Matteo, Virginia, senior

BIG TEN
Joe Spencer, Illinois, senior
Sean Welsh, Iowa, junior
Brendan Moore, Maryland, sophomore
Mason Cole, Michigan, junior
Dylan Utter, Nebraska, senior
Michael Dieter, Wisconsin, sophomore

BIG 12
Kyle Fuller, Baylor, senior
Dalton Risner, Kansas State, sophomore
Jonathan Alvarez, Oklahoma, junior
Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State, junior
Austin Schlottman, TCU, junior
Tony Morales, Texas Tech, senior
Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia, redshirt senior

CONFERENCE USA
Michael Montero, FIU, senior
Dillon DeBoer, FAU, redshirt senior
Daniel Stephens, Middle Tennessee State, senior
Nick Clarke, Old Dominion, sophomore
Cameron Tom, Southern Miss, senior
Max Halpin, Western Kentucky, redshirt senior

MAC
Tim McAuliffe, Bowling Green redshirt junior
James O’Hagan, Buffalo, sophomore

MOUNTAIN WEST
Jake Bennett, Colorado State, junior
Asotui Eli, Hawaii, redshirt sophomore
Nathan Goltry, Nevada, senior
Arthur Flores, San Diego State, senior
Austin Stephens, Utah State, senior

PAC-12
Toa, Lobendahn, USC, junior
Coleman Shelton, Washington, junior
Riley Sorenson, Washington State, senior

SEC
Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, junior
Brandon Kublanow, Georgia, senior
Jon Toth, Kentucky, senior
Ethan Pocic, LSU, senior
Jamaal Clayborn, Mississippi State, senior
Robert Conyers, Ole Miss, senior
Alan Knott, South Carolina, redshirt junior
Coleman Thomas, Tennessee, junior

SUN BELT
Devin Mondie, Arkansas State, senior
Andy Kwon, Georgia Southern, senior
Gabe Mobley, Georgia State, sophomore
Steve Matlock, Idaho, senior

INDEPENDENTS
Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, junior

W. Michigan the landing spot for ex-S. Miss assistant David Duggan

KALAMAZOO, MI - SEPTEMBER 4: Head coach P.J. Fleck of the Western Michigan Broncos looks on in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Waldo Stadium on September 4, 2015 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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After a couple of stints down south, David Duggan is headed north to continue his coaching career as the long-time assistant was announced as Western Michigan’s new linebackers coach.

The past three seasons, Duggan was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Southern Miss.  His first go ’round at Southern Miss, from 2008-11, the 52-year-old Duggan was linebackers coach while also adding the co-coordinator title in 2011.

In between, Duggan was the special teams coordinator at North Carolina in 2012.  He also handled the Tar Heels’ outside linebackers in his lone season with the ACC school.

“Coach David Duggan was an absolute no-brainer hire,” head coach P.J. Fleck, who’ll open his fourth spring practice in Kalamazoo later Tuesday, said. “To be honest I think it was a little bit of a surprise he was available. A former NFL head coach in NFL Europe, defensive coordinator at multiple stops, he has an incredible resume and incredible energy and a passion to teach and coach along with a willingness to come take our program to a completely different level. I hope our players truly understand the resource they now have at the linebacker position. We want to welcome him, his wife Lynn and his two daughters Olivia and Grace.”

Prior to his first stint at Southern Miss, Duggan was the head coach of the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe (2006-07). He spent the first 15 or so years of his coaching career at the collegiate level in the Northeast, including stops at New Hampshire, Holy Cross, Colgate and Brown.

Southern Miss names Alcorn State’s Jay Hopson head coach

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 13:  Nick Mullens #9 of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Earlier in the day we wrote that the math at Southern Miss seemed to add up to the Golden Eagles hiring Jay Hopson as its next head coach… and soon.

By Saturday night, they had done just that.

Southern Miss announced Hopson’s hiring through athletics director Bill McGillis‘ Twitter account, ending a whirlwind week that started with then-head coach Todd Monken bolting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On the surface, Hopson seems like the best hire the Eagles could have made, especially given the circumstances. A native Mississippian, Hopson played at Ole Miss and Delta State and spent nearly his entire life in the South, including a run from 2005-07 as Southern Miss’ defensive coordinator. His Golden Eagles defenses earned a reputation as an aggressive bunch that was among the best in college football at taking the ball way.

Hopson spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Alcorn Sate, taking a Braves program that was 10-22 in the three years prior to his arrival to back-to-back SWAC East Division championships. Overall, Hopson was 32-17 in his four seasons with the program, including 28-10 in the final three years.

Though Monken did leave the program at the most inopportune of times, there’s no denying the program sits in much better shape than he found it. After winning the Conference USA title in 2011, Southern Miss bottomed out to 1-23 over the 2012-13 seasons before rebounding to 3-9 a year ago and 9-5 this fall, including a reappearance in the Conference USA title game.