Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey is apparently no longer in the running for the Southern Miss head coaching job, making the pool of candidates a little smaller.
USM athletic director Bill McGillis is in a difficult position with a goal of having a new coach hired by this weekend, but here are five potential candidates that seem the most viable following Todd Monken's resignation to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' staff:
1. USM defensive coordinator Dave Duggan: He seems to be in a good position for the job following Lindsey's withdrawal. Duggan served as head coach from 2006-07 in NFL Europe, where he had a record of 10-9. He's proven a strong recruiter with New England Patriots star linebacker Jamie Collins likely his best recruit. Duggan should work well in the role of CEO and he has the connections to fill out the rest of the staff.
2. Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson: He would bring head coaching experience and strong recruiting ties throughout the state and region. He's done very well with limited resources at Alcorn State and there's no reason to believe he couldn't do the same at USM.
3. TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham: Meacham has received interest from programs like North Texas and Texas State, but he decided to stay put in Fort Worth. He offers a similar pedigree to that of Monken and former head coach Larry Fedora.
4. UNC co-offensive coordinator/associate head coach Chris Kapilovic: A long-time member of Fedora's staff at North Carolina and Southern Miss, Kapilovic would likely do well in a situation where the rest of the staff would be retained. He and Duggan should work well together and Kapilovic is well-respected among former USM players and the community.
5. Other: There are other names attached to the job like Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke and West Georgia head coach Will Hall. It's unclear where McGillis is headed with this decision. While preserving the current staff would seem like a good goal, he may decide that it's best to move in a new direction. It's all up in the air.