Golden Eagles searching for (another) offensive coordinator

Southern Miss football is now looking for its third offensive coordinator in three years, after Buster Faulkner was hired away by Georgia.

Faulkner will serve as the offensive quality control coach for the Bulldogs under Kirby Smart.

Faulkner now joins former Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken who was recently hired to be Georgia’s offensive coordinator. In addition, Faulkner also joins former Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke who served as the team’s associate head coach and offensive line coach after being fired from Ole Miss.

In just one season under Faulkner, the Golden Eagles ranked 19th in the country in passing yards per game. This past season, Southern Miss averaged 289.5 passing yards per game and rushed for 117.5 per game while scoring an average of 26.62 points per game.

Faulkner on Twitter posted, “Thank you Coach Hop for allowing me to be a part of something special in Hattiesburg. I was able to work with some incredible men on the offensive staff! To the players – I love you guys, thanks for everything. I had a blast working with y’all. I wish you guys the best.”

Smart and Faulkner’s relationship go back to the early 2000s at Valdosta State. At Valdosta State, Faulkner played quarterback while Smart was defensive coordinator for two seasons. Faulkner also previously coached at Georgia as a graduate assistant in 2006.

Faulkner was hired after the former offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson departed for Houston.

At the same time, Southern Miss also added former Southern Miss defensive coordinator Tony Pecoraro, which was first reported by Footballscoop.com on Monday.  Pecoraro served as defensive coordinator at Southern Miss in Hopson’s first two seasons.

Pecoraro left Southern Miss to serve as defensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic under Lane Kiffin. Pecoraro was hired by Hopson to replace inside linebackers’ coach Derek Nicholson who left for the University of Louisville.