Ellis Johnson, one of the more respected defensive coaches in college football will be named the Head Football Coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Johnson has been the assistant head coach at South Carolina, overseeing the Gamecocks defense for the last four seasons.

Terms of the contract are unknown at this time.  Johnson was making $750,000 at South Carolina.

Johnson has also served at Mississippi State and Alabama, among others.  He was the head coach at The Citadel from 2001-03.

Johnson replaces Larry Fedora, who has accepted the job at North Carolina.  Fedora will coach the Golden Eagles in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on Dec. 24.

It is unknown at this time if Johnson will coach for South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.