Fedora still Southern Miss front-runner; hunt not over

By Mike Baldwin Published: December 9, 2007
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Fedora is given the dollars he feels is necessary for assistants, he could offer $200,000 or more for his coordinators which would rank near the top in Conference USA.

"I am staying in my profile,” Giannini said. "I need to get a feel for the guy (we hire). The second step is to bring him in and see if his family likes the community. If I feel good about him, then we will move to work a deal out. Whoever we hire will be a good one.”

One variable that could be holding up an official announcement is USM president Martha Saunders will be at a conference all day Monday and Tuesday morning in New Orleans. The earliest a press conference could be held would be late Tuesday or Wednesday.

If Fedora is named head coach at Southern Miss, and he is assured around $1.2 million for his assistants, there's speculation he might try to bring one OSU assistant for his staff in Hattiesburg.

It's uncertain whether Fedora would remain in Stillwater and coach in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 31 if he is named head coach at Southern Miss.

Giannini has said former coach Jeff Bower will coach the Golden Eagles in the Papajohns.com Bowl Dec. 22 against Cincinnati. Bower was forced to resign two weeks ago after 17 seasons, including 14 consecutive winning seasons.

Bower earned $524,983, including incentives. Fedora earns $393,000 as OSU's offensive coordinator. It's believed USM will offer a financial package close to $700,000 a year for its new coach.

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