Fedora Takes USM Helm

Looking for some zip in the offense and ticket sales, Southern Mississippi hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora as its new football coach today (Wednesday).

Fedora replaces Jeff Bower, who was forced to resign last month after 17 years and 119 wins. Fedora told about 500 people during a news conference that he has dreamed of becoming a head football coach for a long time.

Fedora had been considered a front-runner for the job after he visited the Southern Miss campus last week.

The 45-year-old just completed his third season as the Cowboys' offensive coordinator and has 16 years of college coaching experience, including a stint as Florida's offensive coordinator.

This will be his first job as head coach.


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