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Southern Miss football loses staff member to Memphis

Desmond Lindsey
Desmond Lindsey

Southern Miss has one more spot to fill on its football staff.

Outside receivers coach Desmond Lindsey is leaving to become a member of the staff at Memphis, a source with knowledge of the move confirmed to the Sun Herald.

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports was the first to report the hiring by Memphis head coach Mike Norvell.

Lindsey will coach wide receivers for the Tigers.

Lindsey was a pivotal part in USM's recruiting efforts the last two years and was responsible for recruiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast during that time. It seems likely he will continue to recruit South Mississippi after Memphis lost Moss Point native Marcus Woodson to Auburn on Jan. 3.

A former assistant at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Lindsey was the assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and receivers coach at Div. II West Georgia prior to arriving at USM in 2016. He also worked at West Alabama and Arkansas-Monticello.

The Laurel native will again work alongside Will Hall, who is the new associate head coach and tight ends coach at Memphis. Lindsey worked under Hall at West Georgia and West Alabama.

USM head coach Jay Hopson also has to replace cornerbacks coach Dan Disch, who became a head coach in the German Football League earlier this month.

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