Southern Miss Not Renewing AD Hammond's Contract

Southern Miss Not Renewing AD Hammond's Contract

Jeremy McClain will be the interim athletic director, but is not a candidate for the full-time job.
AP Sports Writer

Southern Mississippi is looking for a new athletic director.

University President Rodney Bennett announced on Wednesday morning in Hattiesburg, Miss., that the one-year contract for Jeff Hammond will not be renewed after it expires on June 30.

Hammond - a former Army major general who played quarterback for the Golden Eagles in the 1970s - made several important decisions during his tenure, including firing football coach Ellis Johnson after one disastrous season that ended with an 0-12 record.

He also hired basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, who won 27 games in his first season.

The recently hired Bennett says that Hammond has been offered another job at the school. Associate athletic director Jeremy McClain will be the interim athletic director, but is not a candidate for the full-time job.

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