The resignation of Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken on Sunday took Golden Eagle fans and others by surprise. Many fans have yet to get over the shock of Monken leaving the Golden Eagles after three seasons to become offensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Bucs of the NFL.
Reportedly Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and Southern Miss defensive coordinator Dave Duggan were interviewed on Monday.
Lindsey recently left Southern Miss for Arizona State after calling the Golden Eagles offensive plays in 2015. Southern Miss posted a 9-5 record and captured the C-USA West Division title and trip to a bowl game.
According to Football Scoop, Lindsey was engaged in significant discussions with Southern Miss. The timing is of some concern since he just accepted his position at Arizona State. Southern Miss would love to secure his services. Lindsey's return would keep the remaining Golden Eagles staff in place. Plus, the same offensive attack would return, one that established records in 2015 behind junior quarterback Nick Mullens.
Duggan would be a great hire as well. He helped build a solid defensive unit that helped Southern Miss post a 9-5 record this past season.
Other coaching candidates mentioned include; UAB head coach Bill Clark and Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson.
If Lindsey decides to remain at Arizona State, Southern Miss should go after Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke. Matt told me he loves coaching in Oxford where he played his college football. The Gulfport native also said his goal is to become a head coach and Southern Miss would be a perfect place for Luke. He recruits South Mississippi for the Rebels and he would love coaching a wide-open offensive attack led by returning senior quarterback Mullens.
Southern Miss wants to act as quickly as possible with National Signing Day of high school football seniors set for next Wednesday.