Report: Walden leaves USM for head coaching job at Austin Peay

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The Scotty Walden era at Southern Miss (reportedly) lasted all of four games. 

According to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Walden will leave Hattiesburg immediately to become the new head coach at Austin Peay. 

The 30-year-old took the reins at USM after Jay Hopson resigned following the Golden Eagles’ week one loss to South Alabama and led the team to a 1-3 record since with two games being postponed due to COVID-19. Walden missed his final game at USM, a loss to Liberty, following a positive test of his own. 

Defensive coordinator Tim Billings, who filled in for Walden Saturday, will take over as the second interim head coach of the season for USM. 

This story will be updated as new information becomes available.