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Southern Mississippi Head Coach Ellis Johnson.
The perennial powerhouse in the Conference USA over the years has been the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
Last season they Golden Eagles went 12-2 including a decisive win over a very talented Nevada team in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
First-year Head coach Ellis Johnson has struggled this season posting an 0-7 record in a very weak Conference USA.
With the departure of Larry Fedora last season, Johnson has had trouble finding ways to win in what could end up being one of the worst teams in Southern Miss history.
Johnson has over twenty years experience as a defensive coordinator, but has spent some time riding the coaches’ carousel.
With all that experience, why are the Golden Eagles allowing a ridiculous 39 points per game against their defense?
This is a team that averaged 20.7 points per game last season and had a reasonable amount of starters returning this season.
Their rushing offense remains one of the best in the conference. The school’s purpose in bringing in Johnson was to solidify the defense.
So far, he’s done the opposite.
Southern Miss travels to Rice this Saturday. If Johnson cannot secure a victory against a 2-6 (0-4 C-USA) Rice squad, he’ll be on his way out of Hattiesburg after the season.