Time For Answers

Time For Answers

For the first time since 1925, the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss end the season without a single win on the season. The loss to Memphis in the Black and Blue bowl ends what has been a brutal season. Is change on the horizon after one year of Ellis Johnson as head coach?

After Southern Miss lost to Memphis on a cold Saturday afternoon, very little is left to be said. The Eagles have a place in the history books that no one ever dreamed would be possible.

Southern Miss becomes the only team in college football history to win 12 games one season, then lose 12 the next.

That stat just might sum up the season as a whole for the Golden Eagles.

A program not used to losing simply never found its way under first year Coach Ellis Johnson, and it leaves the door wide open for questions of what might be done to rectify a program moving in the wrong direction.

Coach Johnson hinted in a comment in an earlier press conference that he has not received a vote of confidence from the athletic director or the President. Could this be the writing on the wall for a Coach widely considered to be one of the better defensive coaches in all of football?

Under Johnson, the Eagles just simply had to many questions. Without ever settling on a quarterback, Southern Miss was a team that never found an identity on offense.

Five different quarterbacks saw action on the season, and a huge question mark to start the season hung over the team all year.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, things weren't much better on the other side of the ball. Once known for a stingy defense, most puzzling was the lack of tough presence from a unit considered before the season to be talented enough to perform well.

Southern Miss on defense struggled with a lack of conditioning, poor tackling, and was consistently out of position. This is perhaps the most perplexing aspect of a season gone wrong. With defensive coaches who have has past success on that side of the ball, why did there continue to be a lack of improvement?

That is a question that could remain unanswered.

One question that will be answered soon is if this staff will be allowed to continue next season.

Speculation is will remain until an official announcement is made, but one thing is for certain, it is highly likely that change will occur. Will it simply be staff changes, or will it be a one and done for Coach Johnson?

On all accounts, it appears we will know for sure on Monday. For a proud program to get back on its feet, something will have to be done.

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