STILLWATER — Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora interviewed for the Southern Mississippi vacancy on Tuesday and could be one of the top candidates for the vacancy, according to sources. Flight records show a Beechcraft King Air plane left Hattiesburg, Miss., at 6:24 a.m., on Tuesday, landed in Enid at 8:31 a.m., flew to Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City and landed in Hattiesburg around 5:15 p.m. “I have no comment on that situation,” Fedora said Tuesday night. “My main concern is getting this football team ready to play Indiana in the bowl game.” Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini reportedly has interviewed at least 10 candidates for the vacancy created last week when long-time USM coach Jeff Bower was forced to resign after 17 seasons, including 14 consecutive winning seasons. Giannini has indicated he would prefer to hire a young, energetic coach who would install an exciting offense. That’s a perfect description of Fedora, who has been OSU’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons after a two-year stint as Florida’s offensive coordinator. Other top candidates who reportedly have interviewed include: Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher and South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, who was a linebacker at USM and was on Bower’s staff for 10 years. Fedora’s spread offense has compiled some gaudy stats. OSU is ranked eighth nationally in total offense. The Cowboys are one of only two teams in the country to average 230 yards rushing and 230 yards passing. Last year, OSU was seventh nationally in scoring. Fedora, 45, turned down an opportunity to be head coach at Rice last season. He also turned down the offensive coordinator vacancy at Alabama. He also interviewed for the Air Force job and was approached by Les Miles concerning LSU’s offensive coordinator vacancy. “Are we going to be able to hire a coach from a BCS school who has been successful,” Giannini was quoted last week, referring to an established head coach. “No. And we have to be realistic about that. “But I think we have the necessary ingredients here at the University of Southern Mississippi to be a dominant player in Conference USA. We’ve been that in the past and we will be again in the future.” Bower earned approximately $500,000 a year, including incentives. That’s slightly more the $393,000 salary Fedora receives to be OSU’s offensive coordinator. Because he has a five-year guaranteed contract, Fedora can wait for the ideal head coaching job. Giannini has said regardless of who he hires that Bower will coach Southern Mississippi in the Papajohns.com bowl Dec. 22 against Cincinnati. The Golden Eagles compiled a 119-82-1 record with four Conference USA titles under Bower. Giannini said he made the switch to unite the USM fan base. He hasn’t given a time table on when he might hire the new coach but said he would definitely interview minority candidates. During Bower’s 16-year stint, USM has produced NFL stars like Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre and defensive back Patrick Surtain. The Golden Eagles have posted occasional upsets over BCS conference schools that have raised expectations. “Whoever comes in, our fans will have to rally behind that person, because ultimately, to get where we want to be, we need our fans’ support,” Giannini said.