Southern Mississippi has hired Scotty Walden as interim head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles have named Scotty Walden as the interim head coach. Walden replaces Jay Hopson, who departed the team following the first game of the season.

Walden has been at the school for the past four seasons. He was the school’s co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2019 and for the first game of the 2020 season.

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With this interim role, Walden will take over his second head coaching opportunity. He previously served as the East Texas Baptist head coach for the 2016 season.

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As the Tigers head coach, he went 7-3 during that one season. He went 3-3 in the American Southwest Conference.

Following the one season, he was named the Southern Mississippi wide receivers coach for the 2017 season. Besides working at East Texas Baptist and Southern Miss, the former college football quarterback and safety, he also spent his first year in coaching at Sul Ross as their offensive coordinator in 2012.

Walden takes over a team that lost 32-21 over the South Alabama Jaguars on September 3rd at The Rock in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Golden Eagles had 10 points in the first half. Then, in the final two quarters, Southern Mississippi had just 11 points.

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Walden will work with Jack Abraham, who went 22 of 32 for 314 yards in the season-opener. The offense also includes Frank Gore — the son of New York Jets running back Frank Gore — and Tim Jones, who had six receptions for 139 yards. Gore had 32 yards in the season-opener.

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