HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Jeff Bower made his mark as one of the all-time great coaches in Southern Miss football history. He dedicated his life to the success of the Golden Eagles and accomplished so much in his brilliant career.
After Todd Monken announced last Sunday that he was stepping down to become the offensive coordinator with Tampa Bay of the NFL, a number of Golden Eagle fans started a "Bring Jeff Back" move.
Yes, a move to bring Bower back as Southern Miss head coach.
After the Jay Hopson interview I asked coach Bower if we could do an interview.
He agreed and since there were other sports reporters in the room, I asked if he could do the interview for everyone and he said yes with his big smile.
I asked Bower about Hopson's loyalty and gratitude he had for him and Bower immediately talked about the job Jay did at Alcorn State in bringing that football program back to respectability, claiming back-to-back SWAC titles.
He also discussed his job as a member of the Championship Playoff Selection Committee and told us he won't be receiving phone calls during the season because that was a rule. He laughed and said I won't be taking your phone calls.
Another reporter asked Bower if he heard about fans wanting to "Bring Jeff Back"? He said he really didn't.
After he said that, the reporter asked him if he would have accepted the head coaching job had it been offered.
Bower said, "Yes, I would have." The reporter said, "You would have?"
Bower replied, "I probably would have. You know, it's my university. I want to see the football program get on more sound stable ground then what it has been the last few years."
He went on to say he's wants to enjoy his two grand babies and believes Jay Hopson will do a super job and says Hopson is willing to remain in Hattiesburg, similar to what he did when he coached the Golden Eagles.