Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Murray State football coach Chris Hatcher is expected to take over at Samford, according to media reports.

Hatcher, who has gone 27-30 over the past five seasons at Murray State, would replace Pat Sullivan, who stepped down after eight seasons as head coach and moved into another role within the university last week.

FootballScoop.com was the first to report Hatcher's potential move to the Southern Conference school, which finished 7-4 this season.

The 40-year-old Hatcher is known for his high-powered "Hatch Attack" offenses. He also has been the head coach at former SoCon member Georgia Southern and Valdosta State, where he won an NCAA Division II national championship in 2004, and has a 121-57 record in 15 seasons. Murray State, an Ohio Valley Conference member, finished 3-9 this season.