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Bo Walker Selected for Golden Eagle Pride

Jamie Martin (L) and her father, Bo Walker.

Feb. 7, 2012

GEP Central

How long have you been a supporter of the Golden Eagles?
I enrolled at Southern Miss in 1968 and I have supported the Golden Eagles ever since. I have been a member of the Eagle Club since 1980, back when it was known as the Big Gold Club.

Where are you currently located?
Petal, Mississippi

What is your earliest memory of Southern Miss Athletics?
When I was a student, we went to Ole Miss back when Archie Manning was QB in 1969 and we beat them at their homecoming game.

Why do you support the Eagle Club and Southern Miss Athletics?
The Eagle Club is the main supporter of the scholarship funds and I want to do my part to help. I couldn't ask for a better scenario living so close to my Alma Mater.

You have season tickets to what sports?
Football but I attend most other sports as well.

What is your favorite Southern Miss Athletics tradition?
I enjoy the tailgating in football season and the excitement during all of the sporting events. Back during the M.K. Turk years we played some great basketball teams and even won the NIT. Seeing our fans fill up the Coliseum to welcome back the team - that was exciting. The excitement of attending any type of athletic event really fires me up and is my favorite tradition of Southern Miss Athletics.

Who is your favorite Southern Miss coach or athlete, past or present?
Reggie Collier - he was probably the most exciting football player we've ever had. When he dropped back to pass, you never knew if he was going to throw or take off for a 60yard touchdown. He was an absolutely outstanding athlete.

What are three must-have items for your own personal tailgate?
Large crowd, good food, and some chilled adult beverages.

What is the best type of food to have at a tailgate?
My favorite is some fried chicken, potato salad, and baked beans. But I'd settle for a PB&J just to be at a tailgate for USM.

Why should more Southern Miss fans and supporters join the Eagle Club?
The Eagle Club is responsible for funding the scholarships for the student-athletes. It is a great form of entertainment to be at the games and it is our duty to support our Alma Mater. For me, athletics is a great way to be connected to the University.

From all of USM's athletic success, what is your favorite memory of all-time?
It is impossible for me to pick just one memory. Some of my favorites include the day we beat Alabama in Bear Bryant's last home game in Tuscaloosa. Reggie Collier was our quarterback then and led us to a tremendous victory. Another memory was Brett Favre leading us to victory at Florida State. He had been in a bad car wreck four weeks earlier but that didn't slow him down. Another memory that is dear to me is when Corky Palmer and the baseball team made their run to the College World Series. It was great to see all of our fans make the long trip out to Rosenblatt Stadium. I hate that they tore down that stadium because so many great college baseball players played in that historic stadium.

What is your favorite part about the game-day environment for any USM sports team?
Without a doubt it is the tailgating. You can't beat enjoying the atmosphere with some good friends before watching the Golden Eagles.

What is your favorite place on the campus of Southern Miss?
M.M. Roberts Stadium

What do you miss about Southern Miss?
I miss my old fraternity house (member of KA fraternity) since it's been torn down. Even though it is no longer in its old place, I can still remember it. We had so many good times there and I made some great life-long friends during my time in the fraternity.

What piece of Southern Miss apparel can you not live without on game-day?
You'll never see me at a Southern Miss event without a gold shirt on unless it is a blackout game. I love the way our stadiums look when everyone is wearing their gold to support the Golden Eagles.

How were you introduced to Southern Miss and USM Athletics?
I started off at Jones Junior College and then went to Mississippi State for a year. I was in a bad car wreck that summer after my Sophomore year and needed to be closer to my hometown and my doctor. That brought me here to Southern Miss. Not long after being here, I fell in love with USM. I had grown up a Mississippi State fan but it didn't take me long to turn from bleeding Maroon to bleeding Black and Gold. This is a wonderful place and I'm so fortunate to have ended up here.

Tell us what Southern Miss Athletics means to you.
I graduated from Southern, my wife graduated from Southern, and both my daughters graduated from Southern. I started taking my girls to games when they were very young and they bleed black and gold. Seeing their excitement from a big win at Southern Miss, it just makes me feel like I brought them up the right way.

What is your favorite Southern Miss cheer?

Define Golden Eagle Pride?
At Southern, we've always had to fight our way to get respect. Look at our basketball team (20-3) and we're still not ranked. We always have to have a chip on our shoulder and I think that is a good thing. It builds the fight and pride in our student-athletes and fans. We earn every bit of respect that we get and fight to be the best..

What makes you the most passionate Golden Eagle Fan?
My love of Southern Miss Athletics. I read about Southern Miss every day on the computer and turn straight to the sports page every day. Being close by and being able to attend many of the games is such a blessing for me. Being at the recent Southern Miss basketball victory over Memphis....that made me so proud to see all the fans rushing the court and the excitement of the student section. If I had been 30 years younger, I would have been right out there with them.

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