Southern Miss is eyeing Stephen F. Austin head coach Brad Underwood as its new head coach, Gary Parrish of CBSsports.com reports.
Underwood has been attached to numerous job openings after he led SFA to a 32-3 record and a victory over VCU in the NCAA Tournament this past season. It was Underwood's first year on the job at SFA.
Parrish describes Underwood as USM's top target as it begins the search for a new coach.
USM may have to move quickly on Underwood, who is reportedly a top candidate for the Marshall job along with Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer.
Underwood worked as an assistant under Frank Martin at both Kansas State and South Carolina before taking his first Division I head coaching job at SFA. He was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year.
Parrish also reported that Wichita State assistant Greg Heiar and former Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury are both interested in the job. Heiar was clearly interested in the USM job two years ago, and that has not changed. Stansbury is determined to get back into coaching after stepping down at MSU in 2012.
(1:10 p.m. UPDATE: Stansbury has withdrawn himself from consideration for the USM job, Matthew Stevens of the Columbus Dispatch reports)
The Sun Herald has confirmed that Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne and Morehead State head coach Sean Woods are also both interested in the USM job, which came open when Donnie Tyndall took the job at Tennessee on Monday.
Neubauer, Florida assistant John Pelphrey, Iowa State assistant Doc Sadler and former South Carolina and Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn are other potential candidates for the USM job.