Report: 2 SEC offensive coordinators are interested in becoming South Alabama head coach

The coaches in charge of two of the most prolific offenses in the SEC are looking to become a head coach at a smaller program.

According to a report from Greg Stephenson of AL.com, Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel have “expressed interest” in the head coach opening at South Alabama.

Lindsey leads his high-scoring Auburn attack into the SEC Championship in Atlanta this weekend, while Heupel’s Mizzou offense just helped the team compile a six-game winning streak to end the regular season. Heupel oversaw quarterback Drew Lock’s SEC record-setting performance in 2017.

“We’re very aware of the early signing date,” South Alabama athletic director Joel Erdmann said of the timetable for a hire. “Obviously, we would hope to have this done prior to that date, but if that’s not the case, if we’re required to go beyond that date to get the person we want, we will not be afraid to do that.”

The draw of South Alabama would be the ability to build a program with very little outside pressure compare to an SEC or other Power-5 opening. A drawback could be the salary offered, given that coordinators in the SEC are typically very well compensated.

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