Kirby Smart, Todd Monken Among Southern Miss Coaching Candidates

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 03: Quarterback Austin Davis (C), Dominique Sullivan (L) and Lamar Holmes #72 celebrate after defeating the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Southern Miss needs a coach to replace Larry Fedora, who has changed hats.

Finally, Southern Miss coaching candidates! Since Larry Fedora left for the North Carolina Tar Heels, word out of Golden Eagles camp has been kept to a minimum. But then, Thursday morning, a flood of reported USM prospects came through:

Patrick Magee@Patrick_Magee #SouthernMiss interviews slated for Thursday in Atlanta are former OM dc Tyrone Nix, Ala. dc Kirby Smart and Chris Hatcher of Murray St.    

Patrick Magee@Patrick_Magee S. Carolina assistant hc Ellis Johnson and OSU oc Todd Monken interviewed in New Orleans today for the #SouthernMiss job    

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, one of the three or four most-coveted assistants in the country, interviewing with Southern Miss of Conference USA? Since Auburn Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn took over at Arkansas State, anything's possible. Southern Miss just won a conference superior to ASU's Sun Belt, you'll also note.

Oklahoma St. Cowboys assistant Todd Monken is another big name. His 2011 Pokes offense, you'll recall, nearly edged out Smart's defense for the chance to play LSU in the national championship game.

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