Southern Miss

Southern Miss defensive coordinator leaving program (Updated 2 p.m.)

Southern Miss defensive coordinator Todd Bradford confirmed to the Sun Herald today that he will resign his position Tuesday to take a job at the University of Maryland.

Bradford, the coordinator for the last three years under coach Larry Fedora, will begin his job at Maryland on Wednesday.

‘’I have accepted the linebackers coaching job at the university of Maryland under new coach Randy Edsall,’’ Bradford said. ‘I will be there on Wednesday and start recruiting.

‘’I had a great experience at Southern Miss. I will miss the coaches and players. This was an opportunity for me that I could not pass up. This gives me an opportunity to be a head coach some day. This move is the best thing for me and my family. I would like to thank Larry (Fedora) for everything he did for me and my family. I will be forever grateful to him.’’

Bradford said he plans to talk with the players this week.

I have not spoken with the players,'' Bradford said. ''I hope to do that in the next couple of days. They always played hard and gave a tremendous effort. I want to thank them for that.''

The 2010 season saw Southern Miss lose three Conference USA games despite scoring 142 points in the losses. The Golden Eagles lost to East Carolina (44-43), Alabama-Birmingham (50-49) and Tulsa (56-50) to settle for the Beef O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg’s Bowl instead of playing in the Liberty Bowl as conference champions.

In the losses to UAB and Tulsa, the Golden Eagles defense surrendered 464 and 638 total yards respectively.

Southern Miss yielded 29.5 points, 355.7 total yards of offense, 242.7 passing yards and opponents scored 91 percent of their red zone scoring opportunities.

In all, the Golden Eagles defense gave up 256 first downs (137 passing), 50 touchdowns and opponents averaged 5.5 yards per play this season.

Southern Miss has not won a C-USA championship since 2003 and has posted a 22-17 record in three years with Bradford, who also coached the safeties, leading the defense.