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Enthusiasm Runs High as We Enter 2011

Jan. 5, 2011

Please accept my sincere best wishes to everyone connected with the Golden Eagle Nation as we begin 2011.  I hope your holidays were bright and 2011 will be your best year ever.  That is certainly our expectations as we begin a new year of Southern Miss athletics.

Enthusiasm is running high for the Golden Eagles men's basketball team that has posted its best ever pre-conference schedule, an 11-2 record, including impressive road wins at Cal and South Florida. The men open the C-USA schedule tonight against Houston and we all look forward to the action. The veteran team is led by senior Gary Flowers, one of the top scorers in the league and the team possesses more talent and depth than any team in many years. In the next two weeks, we host nationally ranked UCF (13-2) and Memphis (11-2) and we really need our fans to come out and support this talented group of players.

Our baseball team gets underway shortly and its annual Dugout Club Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 29, will signal the start of the season. Coach Scott Berry returns a veteran team and has several outstanding newcomers. His signing class in November for the 2011-12 season was what many have said is the best in the long and successful history of Southern Miss baseball.

Football recruiting is going very well with almost the allotted number of scholarships available have been committed to the Golden Eagles for several months. Southern Miss Football will host its annual signing day celebration and state-of-the-union message on Wed., Feb. 2, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center. This event signals the beginning of our season ticket campaign. Next year, the Golden Eagles will host UCF, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Louisiana Tech and Southeastern Louisiana and will be on the road at East Carolina, Marshall, UAB, UTEP, Navy and Virginia.

We are ecstatic about the new C-USA Television agreement announced today with Fox Sports Networks. The revenue is over twice the amount of the old contract and the football televised games will mainly be on Saturdays with a few slated for Thursday nights. The number of televised events will double in football and basketball.

As we get set for the 2011, once again, we call on our Eagle Club members and fans to support our Golden Eagle coaches and student-athletes. Our boosters and fans are the life-blood of our program and we gratefully appreciate your past support and look forward together making Southern Miss athletics the best it can be.

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