Keeping Score

USM officially announces Meadows as new O-line coach

Former Florida Atlantic offensive line coach Luke Meadows will take the same position at Southern Miss, USM officially announced on Wednesday.

Meadows, who also worked as FAU's offensive coordinator during the later portion of this past season, fills the spot left by the departure of Pete Perot late in the 2013 campaign.

"Luke was the obvious candidate," Monken said in a press release. "We played against FAU this year and saw him coach in person. He is a good fit with our staff and what we are trying to do here. We're happy to welcome him to the Southern Miss family."

Meadows was elevated to offensive coordinator at FAU this season when offensive coordinator Brian Wright was promoted to head coach following head coach Carl Pelini's mid-season firing.

A native of Hot Springs, S.D., Meadows worked the last two seasons at Florida Atlantic after previously serving as an assistant at South Dakota State from 2002-2011.

FAU's offense played well in a 41-7 victory over Southern Miss in Hattiesburg on Nov. 16. The Owls rushed for 333 yards in the game.

The USM offensive line has suffered from poor play over the last two seasons, playing a big role in the team's 1-23 record during that stretch.