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Southern Miss Golden Eagles
University University of Southern Mississippi
Conference Conference USA
Association NCAA Division I FBS
Athletics director Richard Giannini
Location Hattiesburg, MS
Varsity teams 14
Football stadium M.M. Roberts Stadium ("The Rock")
Basketball arena Reed Green Coliseum
Baseball stadium Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field
Other arenas Southern Miss Softball Complex
Track & Field and Soccer Complex
Mascot Seymour d'Campus
Nickname Golden Eagles
Previous: Tigers, Normalites, Yellow Jackets, Confederates, Southerners
Fight song Southern to the Top
Colors Black and Gold



The Southern Miss Golden Eagles represent The University of Southern Mississippi in Division I athletics. The teams compete in Conference USA.

The school's earliest nickname was Tigers. Thereafter came such nicknames as Normalites (from Mississippi Normal College, the early name of the University), Yellow Jackets, Confederates, and Southerners. Golden Eagles was selected in a student/alumni vote in the early 1970s. Seymour d'Campus is the name of the modern-day mascot eagle.

Southern Miss has a long history in the NCAA, and its intercollegiate sports teams operate under the auspices of the university's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors. Bowl games, conference championships, and All-American athletes have all been frequent occurrences at Southern Miss. Among notable alumni is the NFL's current Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and former NFL punter Ray Guy.




National championships

The University of Southern Mississippi has won the national championship in football, as voted by the UPI, in both 1958 and 1962 of what was then known as the "Large College" Division. At that time, Southern Miss was called Mississippi Southern College.[1]

Southern Miss game action against UL-Lafayette.



The rivalry between Southern Miss and Tulane Green Wave football was born on the evening of October 13, 1979 [2] and is known as The Battle for the Bell. As members of Conference USA the two teams played each other every year until 2006, when the league was split into Eastern and Western Divisions. Following their 2006 meeting, Southern Miss leads the series 21-7.


The long-standing rivalry between Southern Miss and Memphis dates back to October 26, 1935 [3] and is often referred to as the Black and Blue Bowl. This yearly classic garnered its name from the intense competitive nature of the contest, as well as the competing schools' colors: the black of Southern Miss and the blue of Memphis. Both teams are members of Conference USA in the Eastern Division, and the teams play each other every year. Following their 2008 meeting, Southern Miss leads the series 37-21-1.[4]

News & notes

Southern Miss' football history currently includes 15-straight [5] winning seasons, six consecutive bowl appearances and four league championships [6] in the 12-year history of Conference USA. In 2007, the Golden Eagles and Coach Jeff Bower were selected as conference team and coach of the decade [7] respectively.



After 17 years as head football coach, 14 of those being consecutive winning seasons, Jeff Bower was forced to resign.[8] Former Oklahoma State University offensive coordinator, Larry Fedora, was named as his replacement.[9]


Under first year head coach Larry Fedora, the Golden Eagles posted a 7-6 record after a dismal 2-6 start. The Golden Eagles won five straight games to finish the season, including wins over 2008 C-USA champion East Carolina and a New Orleans Bowl win over Sun Belt Conference champion Troy University. Also in 2008, the Golden Eagles football team boasted an 80% graduation rate [10] and the men's program was awarded the 2008 David M. Halbrook Award [11] for Academic Achievement Among Athletes having the best graduation rate of any of the eight public universities in the state of Mississippi.



The Southern Miss Lady Eagles softball team made it to the Women's College World Series in 1999 and 2000 behind the arm of Courtney Blades.[12]


Southern Miss 2B James Ewing and SS B.A. Vollmuth play in a 2009 College World Series game.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles baseball team made its first ever appearance in the College World Series in 2009.


Eagle Fever, Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. and Go Gold! are the rallying cries that Golden Eagle students and fans have used to help create such traditions as Homecoming and EagleFest, tailgating in The District, Friday Night at the Fountain pep rallies, the Eagle Walk at The Rock, the game-day Eagle Walk parade, the Painting of the Eagle Walk, the Junior Eagle Club Tunnel, the band's Fifth Quarter Concert, featuring a hallmark rendition of Amazing Grace.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team participates as a member of Conference USA and plays its home games in M.M. Roberts Stadium. In 2008, after 17 years at the helm of the USM Football program, Jeff Bower was replaced by Larry Fedora. Fedora is charged with continuing a tradition that has seen Southern Miss be the model of consistency for the past 20 + years. While The University of Mississippi has had off seasons, finishing last in its division at various times, it has put together 14 straight winning seasons as well as reached a bowl game 10 of the last 11 years. Noted professional athletes Brett Favre and Ray Guy both played for the University of Southern Mississippi.



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