Jay Hopson, former UM LB coach under Rich Rodriguez in 2008-2009, has been hired to be the Head Coach at Southern Miss.
He left his Head Coach position at Alcorn State. Prior to his arrival, Alcorn State in 2011 was 2-8. Under Hopson they went 4-7, 9-3, 10-3, 9-4. In 2014 and 2015 they won their conference division and SWAC Championship game. They were named the Black College National Champions in 2014. He is the first white head football coach in the SWAC, a conference of historically black colleges and univesitities.
His time at Michigan was brief, during a period of our history about which many have mixed feelings. His success at Alcorn State shows that Rodriguez did have a few good assistant coaches (i.e. Glen Frey, current Indiana OL coach/co-OC, and Scott Shafer, current Durkin hired DC at Maryland).
(of note, Nussmeier was also reportedly considered to take the HC job)
NYT article on Jay Hopson and some larger issues:
Alcorn State has hired Jay Hopson as head football coach, the first "non-black" head coach in the SWAC.
Any initial prospects to replace Jay Hopson as departing LB Coach? I am presuming the role will also be important in recruiting the Deep South since that was Hopson's secondary role on the staff.
What about Bill Sheridan if he gets fired by the NY Giants as DC? I know he has mostly a pro background, but he seems to be well-respected and so does GERG.
TOM: Does Jay Hopson leaving affect your feelings towards Michigan at all?
TONY: I wouldn't say it does, because he wouldn't be my position coach if I go there. I have been talking to coach Hopson this whole time, but I met the other coaches on my visit.
TOM: What other visits have you taken, and what do you plan on taking?
TONY: I've been to Maryland, and I plan on going to Ole Miss. I'm going to try to squeeze in Miami and Georgia, too.
TOM: Are you and Clarence still planning on going to the same school?
TONY: As far as this point, yes that's the plan.
TOM: Is Michigan still on top for you?
I will say that Tony wasn't aware that there was a dead period, and seemed frustrated that his coach was the one that told him coach Hopson was leaving, and not Michigan. (That kind of makes me feel like there might be some schools breaking the rules with contacting him, if he didn't know.) Once I told him it was a dead period he understood. We'll see what happens. I have a bad feeling about Miami for some reason, but that's not based off of anything, so take it FWIW.