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Statement from Interim Athletics Director Jeff Hammond

Feb. 13, 2012

Merger Announcement

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Interim Director of Athletics Jeff Hammond issued the following statement Monday afternoon regarding the Conference USA - Mountain West Conference association announcement:

"The University of Southern Mississippi is excited about the new possibilities that will come with this announced association between Conference USA and Mountain West Conference member institutions. This association gives us a stronger, more competitive league that will stretch from the Atlantic seaboard to our 50th state. We will continue to play our C-USA rivals each year, but will also have the potential to compete against institutions from other parts of the country. By Southern Miss joining this association, it gives us the best possible option to continue to compete at the highest level of NCAA competition in a stronger and more stable capacity which will further enhance our national visibility."

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