Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M. M. Roberts Stadium is nicknamed "The Rock at Southern Miss" and boasts a seating capacity of 36,000. In addition, Tech and USM were both founding members of the Gulf States Conference which began play in 1948. Southern Miss has won three division championships. Most data provided by 24-7 Baseball, creators of the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia. [2] USM did not field a football team from 1917 to 1919 because of World War I. Allison Hubert was the Golden Eagles head football coach for six seasons, posting a 26–24–5 record. [30] Monken's Golden Eagles lost their first 11 games of the 2013 season but broke a 23-game losing streak in November 2013, a 62–27 victory over UAB, their first victory since the 2011 Hawaii Bowl, Fedora's final game. Over the years, Southern Miss has experienced an evolution of nicknames from Normalites to Tigers to Yellow Jackets to Confederates to Southerners. The Eagles have retired three numbers to date.[60]. The responder says "To the Top!" [55], Southern Miss has won eight conference championships, seven outright and one shared. In Fedora's first game as head coach, the Golden Eagles set the USM all-time record for yards in a game with 633. A new state-of-the-art scoreboard was installed prior to the 2007 season. The two schools are located only about 110 miles from each other (Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Tulane in New Orleans, Louisiana) via Interstate 10 and Interstate 59, making for a heated game. Bower led the Golden Eagles to 14 consecutive winning seasons, the fifth longest streak in college football history[19] and to bowl games 10 of his last 11 seasons. [14] It is home to Lake Byron, which has served as a focal point for many university activities and several weddings. Drafted: 125 players. [2] A. [31] After a 3–9 2014 campaign, Southern Miss finally returned to form in 2015, winning Conference USA's West Division and advancing to the conference title game, where the Golden Eagles fell to Western Kentucky. [6][7] His 1981 team finished ranked #19 in the final Coaches' Poll. [3] His Golden Eagles teams were known to be fast and fierce. All rights reserved. The Southern Miss to the Top! Players: 120 pro players. Logos were compiled by the amazing Natalie Allen '84 – CNN International Anchor, CNN Newsroom, Southern Miss Alumni Award Winner; Patrik-Ian Polk '94 – producer, filmmaker, and artist; Jimmy Buffett '69 – singer, songwriter, and author; Cat Cora – celebrity chef, Iron Chef America on Food Network; Gary Grubbs '72 – actor, JFK, The Astronaut's Wife, The O. C., Will & Grace Ed Hinton '70 – sportswriter for [53] After a surprising early season loss to South Alabama 32–21 in Hattiesburg, Jay Hopson unexpectedly resigned the following Monday. Tech and USM also were conference foes in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1935 to 1941. The Gulf Coast Alumni HUB is comprised of dedicated Southern Miss alumni and friends on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? [34] In his first year at the helm, Hopson led the Golden Eagles to a 7–6 record,[35] a bowl victory,[36] and the first win over an SEC opponent since Jeff Bower's 2000 team, defeating Kentucky in the season opener. The Bulldogs and Golden Eagles have played 11 times between 1975 and 1992. The Eagles are members of Conference USA and play their home games at M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. During the coaching tenure of Thad Vann, the Golden Eagles became one of the nation's most elite football programs. Hopson is the first coach in USM history to defeat an SEC team in his first game coaching and joined Hallman (vs. Mississippi State) and Bower (vs. Auburn) as the only USM coaches to defeat an SEC opponent in their first opportunity. P. W. Underwood returned to his alma mater from his post as an assistant coach at Tennessee. Hand signals accompany the cheer, which are two gestures upward with the index finger, done by both the initiator and responder. Southern Miss Players/Alumni. [9] The Golden Eagles would only have one more losing season until 2012. Data Provided By Drafted: 125 players. [43] That was followed by a 31–29 victory over UTSA. Southern Miss has participated in 24 major bowl games, garnering a record of 11–13. [28] Fan support and attendance fell, and Johnson was fired after the disastrous season. [4], Bobby Collins was the Golden Eagles head football coach for seven seasons, compiling a record of 48–30–2. Players: 119 pro players. the official stats partner of the NFL. USA started their football program from scratch in 2009, ostensibly to capitalize on the talent-rich region that made Southern Miss such a reliable name and reviled opponent for so long. [18], Jeff Bower came back to his alma mater as head football coach following Hallman's departure. [57] 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.