Get to know the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
Location: Hattiesburg, Miss.
Nickname: Golden Eagles
President: Dr. Rodney Bennett
Athletics Director: TBA
Football Facility: M.M. Roberts Stadium (36,000)
Basketball Facility: Reed Green Coliseum (8,095)
Media Market: No. 167 Hattiesburg-Laurel (111,560 TV households)
Sponsored Sports: 16
Men (7) — baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis, indoor & outdoor track & field
Women (9) — basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor & outdoor track & field, volleyball
· Southern Miss continually is recognized for having the highest graduation rate in the state among men’s athletics programs.
· The university was named a “Green College” by The Princeton Review for its commitment to sustainability. Additionally, students log more than 40,000 hours of community service each year.
· Southern Miss has ranked among the nation’s top business school by U.S. News & World Report twice in the last three years.
· The football program compiled 18 consecutive winning seasons from 1994-2011. The Golden Eagles also have made 14 bowl appearances and won five league titles since becoming a member of Conference USA in 1996.
· The men’s basketball team advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection and participated in the National Invitational Tournament this past season.
· The baseball program has made NCAA Regional appearances nine of the last 11 seasons, including a trip to the 2009 College World Series. It also boasts three Conference USA baseball championship crowns.
· The softball team made back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1999 and 2000.
· Jimmy Buffett — Singer, songwriter and author
· Jim “Peanuts” Davenport — Former Major League Baseball manager for the San Francisco Giants
· Brian Dozier — Current Major League Baseball infielder for the Minnesota Twins
· Brett Favre — First three-time National Football League Most Valuable Player who led the Green Bay Packers to two consecutive Super Bowls and the Super Bowl XXXII Championship
· Gary Grubbs — Hollywood actor
· Ray Guy — Former National Football League punter for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders who was selected to the league's 75th anniversary team
· Edwin Pittman — Chief Justice, Mississippi Supreme Court
· Chuck Scarborough — News anchor, WNBC-TV New York
· Brigadier General Robert L. Stewart — Director of Plans for the United States Space Command & Commander of the U.S. Army element, North American Aerospace Defense NASA in 1978 and qualified as an astronaut the following year
· Clarence Weatherspoon — Former National Basketball Association player