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USM Employee Cary Longstaff Selected for Golden Eagle Pride

Cary Longstaff

March 8, 2012

GEP Central

How long have you been a supporter of the Eagle Club?
My family has supported the Eagle Club for 35 years

Where are you currently located?
Hattiesburg, MS

What is your earliest memory of Southern Miss Athletics?
Southern Miss vs. Mississippi State for a Men's Basketball game at Reed Green Coliseum in the early 90s.

Why do you support the Eagle Club and Southern Miss Athletics?
My family supports the Eagle Club because it helps student-athletes attend Southern Miss.

You have season tickets to what sports?
Football and Baseball

Were you a USM athlete? If so, how did the experience affect your life?
No, but I was a Student Manager for the football team. My experience taught me character and how to live my life.

What is your favorite Southern Miss Athletics tradition?
The Eagle Walk

Who is your favorite Southern Miss coach or athlete, past or present?
My favorite coach is Jeff Bower and my favorite athlete is T.J. Slaughter.

What are three must-have items for your own personal tailgate?
Drinks, Chips and Hamburgers

What is the best type of food to have at a tailgate?

Why should more Southern Miss fans and supporters join the Eagle Club?
It helps provide scholarships for the numerous student-athletes who proudly wear the Black & Gold.

From all of USM's athletic success, what is your favorite memory of all-time?
This past year's victory for Southern Miss against Houston in the Conference USA championship game.

What is your favorite part about the game-day environment for any USM sports team?
The Pride of Mississippi

What is your favorite place on the campus of Southern Miss?
The Rock, can't be anything better. I wish every day of the year could be game-day.

What piece of Southern Miss apparel can you not live without on game-day?
My USM hat.

How were you introduced to Southern Miss and USM Athletics?
When I was born, I had a Southern Miss shirt waiting for me.

Tell us what Southern Miss Athletics means to you.
Southern Miss Athletics means to me that you can succeed in anything. Once you start something you finish it strong.

What is your favorite Southern Miss cheer?
S-OU-THERN Southern Mississippi U-S-M!

What is your pregame ritual?
Watching warm-ups for any sport I attend

Define Golden Eagle Pride?
Golden Eagle Pride is everything Southern Miss. You live and die a Golden Eagle, everyday you're a Golden Eagle, and everywhere you go you're a Golden Eagle.

What makes you the most passionate Golden Eagle Fan?
What makes me the most passionate Golden Eagle Fan is when I miss a game, whether it is football, basketball or baseball, I've got to know what's going on and keep up with the action. Deep down inside of me, I bleed black and gold. Even when I lived in Boise, Idaho I wore Southern Miss attire everywhere I went, even to Boise State football games. Basically, I love Southern Miss with all my heart and soul and will be with Southern Miss through the bad times and good times. That's what makes me the most passionate Golden Eagle fan.

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