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No. 65: Southern Mississippi

Here’s the trade: you can have the most successful year in program history, but as a result must hire a brand-new coaching staff for the following season. How many programs are making this swap? More than you’d think. It’s easier to pick those who wouldn’t make this trade, and it’s a short yet distinguished list – Alabama and Virginia Tech, and not many more. Southern Mississippi knew when it hired Larry Fedora that it was entering into a sort of pact: Hattiesburg was a stepping-stone for Fedora, but the Golden Eagles were fine with him leaving for greener pastures if certain thresholds were passed before he walked out the front door. Perhaps Southern Mississippi is willing to make that trade once, but I don’t think they want to make it twice. Hence the program’s decision to hire former South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, a coaching lifer hungry at a shot with an F.B.S. program after a pair of short-lived head coaching stints at Gardner-Webb and The Citadel.

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