Southern Miss close to deal with Oklahoma State's Fedora

Southern Mississippi was close to finalizing a contract to secure Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora as head coach, a source close to the situation said.

That source said it was "close" to official and that an announcement could be made as early as Saturday. Southern Miss is seeking to replace Jeff Bower, who resigned last month.

Fedora has had two interviews for the position. He is considered an offensive innovator and could bring the enthusiasm athletic director Richard Giannini seeks.

Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and South Carolina defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix interviewed but have already withdrawn their names from consideration.

Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.