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Several names tied to Southern Miss job, but no hire in place

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 Doug Nussmeier, Florida's NCAA college football offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, was reportedly a strong candidate for the Southern Miss job.
PHIL SANDLIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Doug Nussmeier, Florida's NCAA college football offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, was reportedly a strong candidate for the Southern Miss job. AP

Plenty of names popped up in national media Thursday in relation to the Southern Miss coaching job, but there is still no announcement regarding Todd Monken's replacement.

Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has interviewed for the job according to multiple reports and was labeled a "very strong candidate" by FootballScoop.com.

UAB head coach Bill Clark and Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran were both discounted as candidates at USM soon after the same website linked them to the job.

Chris Low of ESPN also reported Thursday that Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, a former USM player and defensive coordinator, has interviewed for the position. He has also interviewed for the job in each of the last three coaching searches for USM -- 2007, 2011 and 2012.

There was no similar speculation Thursday regarding Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson and USM defensive coordinator Dave Duggan, but the two men are likely still in the discussion.

North Carolina associate head coach/co-offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic also remains a potential option for Southern Miss.

USM athletic director Bill McGillis hopes to have a new head coach in place by this weekend with National Signing Day set for Wednesday.

McGillis is casting a wide net in his search rather than settling on the obvious candidates with ties to USM.

Since his name emerged as potentially a top candidate late Wednesday, much of the chatter has surrounded Nussmeier.

The former Idaho star and New Orleans Saints backup quarterback just finished his first season as offensive coordinator at Florida. He also served as offensive coordinator at Washington (2009-11), Alabama (2012-13) and Michigan (2014). He had a stint in the NFL, working as the St. Louis Rams quarterbacks coach in 2006-07.

Nussmeier's first season at Florida started promising, but faded when quarterback Will Grier was suspended for the final eight games of the season following a failed drug test. The Gators finished the season ranked 111th in the nation in total offense with an average of 334 yards a game.

Grier has since announced his plans to transfer from Florida.

TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite have also been discussed as potential candidates for the USM opening.

Monken stepped down as the USM head coach on Sunday to be come offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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