HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Southern Mississippi's football program endured a disastrous freefall last season.
First-year coach Todd Monken is confident the turnaround can happen just as quickly.
The former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator says the Golden Eagles have the talent to win quickly, despite a 0-12 record last season. Now Monken's charge is installing a new offense and defense and finding the most talented players to execute his plan regardless of experience level.
Monken is still trying to find a quarterback who can run his high-tempo offense. The three main candidates are spring starter Cole Weeks, California transfer Allan Bridgford and returner Ricky Lloyd.
Whoever wins the job will lead Southern Miss through a treacherous September schedule. The Golden Eagles have road games against Nebraska, Arkansas and Boise State.