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Lindsey drops out, Southern Miss coaching search continues


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Chip Lindsey
Chip Lindsey

The list of candidates to replace Todd Monken as the Southern Miss head football coach shrank by one on Tuesday.

Chip Lindsey will remain the Arizona State offensive coordinator after being considered a strong candidate to become the next head coach at USM, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported Tuesday.

Lindsey seemed to back up that report with a tweet.

With Lindsey apparently no longer in the running, the chances improve for Southern Miss defensive coordinator David Duggan to be promoted to head coach.

However, there was no clear sign on Tuesday as to which direction that Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis is taking with the search.

Lindsey and Duggan both interviewed for the USM opening on Monday after head coach Todd Monken left the program on Sunday to become the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McGillis said Sunday that he hoped to have a new coach hired by this weekend, making the next 48 hours crucial in the search.

Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson, North Carolina associate head coach/co-offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic and TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham are also potential options to become the next USM head coach. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee is another name that has been attached to the job in the last couple of days.

Hopson, a former USM defensive coordinator, has also received an offer to join the defensive staff at Mississippi State, according to

MSU coach Dan Mullen told The Clarion-Ledger Tuesday that he has made no such offer.

Meacham was also a candidate for the Texas State and North Texas jobs, but chose to stay at TCU instead.

Kapilovic served under Larry Fedora from 2008-11 at USM before moving on to North Carolina.

Feldman mentioned Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke, a Gulfport native, in his report as a potential candidate for the Southern Miss job. He was a candidate for the Troy job in 2014 prior to the hiring of Neal Brown.

Feldman also mentioned Will Hall, West Georgia head coach and son of Biloxi head coach Bobby Hall, as a candidate at USM.