JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Southern Mississippi hired Oklahoma State assistant Larry Fedora as its new football coach Wednesday.
A person close to the Southern Miss program, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because an official announcement had not been made, confirmed Fedora was chosen to replace Jeff Bower, who resigned last month after 17 years.
A news conference was scheduled later Wednesday to officially announce Fedora's hiring.
Fedora visited the Southern Miss campus last week, and had been considered the front-runner in athletic director Richard Giannini's search.
Fedora just completed his second season as the Cowboys' offensive coordinator and has 16 years of college coaching experience. This will be his first job as head coach.
After Bower was forced out, Giannini said he was looking for a way to fill seats. Fedora's high-scoring offensive may be the solution. The Cowboys averaged 33.4 points and 484.1 yards per game on the way to a 6-6 record and an Insight Bowl berth.
Oklahoma State had the nation's seventh-ranked rushing offense at 245.3 yards per game, and the overall offense was ranked ninth.
Fedora was the offensive coordinator at Florida in 2004 and has coached at Air Force, Baylor, Middle Tennessee State and Austin College, where he went to school.
Under Fedora in 2004, the Gators led the Southeastern Conference in six offensive categories and the school was the first to feature the conference's top passer, rusher, receiver and total offense leader in the same season.
Fedora will be under pressure to win as he follows Bower, who had 119 wins, 14 straight winning seasons and bowl appearances in 10 of the last 11 years. Bower's last game as coach will be the Papajohns.com Bowl on Dec. 22 in Birmingham, Ala. The Golden Eagles play No. 20 Cincinnati.
Bower spent 29 years at Southern Miss as a player and coach.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

Advertisement

NCAAF Headlines

Advertisement

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Updated Playoff Championship Odds Which of the four teams will emerge as the winner of the College Football Playoffs? Here is a look at the latest odds.
Thumbnail CFB Playoff Semifinal Odds The field for the College Football Playoffs is set and the two matchups are as well. Here is a look at the odds for the pair of...
Thumbnail Line Moving in Big Ten Title Game The spread in tonight's Big Ten Championship Game has moved two full points off the original number set by oddsmakers.
Thumbnail Line Moves Again in ACC Title Game The line in the ACC Championship Game between Clemson and Virginia Tech continues to move ahead of tonight's 8:00PM ET kickoff.
Thumbnail Big Ten Championship Prediction When No. 7 Penn State takes on No. 6 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship tonight, which...

NCAAF Team Pages