Southern Mississippi football coach Jeff Bower resigned today. It comes two days after he clinched his 14th straight winning season with a 16-10 victory over Arkansas State and accepted his 10th bowl invitation in 11 years.
A person with knowledge of Bower's decision confirms the resignation, but spoke to The Associated Press on the condition he not be identified because an announcement had not yet been made. The school has called an afternoon news conference "to make an announcement regarding its football program."
The season had been a disappointment for Bower and Southern Miss. Picked to win Conference USA, the Golden Eagles stumbled to a 2-3 start and needed two wins at the end of the year to finish winners.
Bower was 119-82-and-1 in 17 years as the school's head coach and had been in the same job longer than all but three coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision: Penn State's Joe Paterno, Florida State's Bobby Bowden and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer.
It's unclear who will lead the Golden Eagles into the Papajohns.com Bowl on December 22nd in Birmingham, Alabama.