Brandon Allen Selected for Golden Eagle Pride
Mr. Allen is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Belhaven.
April 17, 2012
How long have you been a supporter of the Eagle Club?
Where are you currently located?
What is your earliest memory of Southern Miss Athletics?
My first involvement with USM sports was in the Fall Semester of 2001 during the volleyball season. I contacted Coach Santiago about a rec. league volleyball team and he recruited me as a line judge for volleyball.
Why do you support the Eagle Club and Southern Miss Athletics?
I support the Eagle Club because I know it provides scholarships to athletes. I support Southern Miss Athletics because of the friendships that I have built with the Coaches, Athletes, and Fans.
You have season tickets to what sports?
Currently, I have season tickets to baseball. I still need to buy football tickets.
What is your favorite Southern Miss Athletics tradition?
I guess I would say the Eagle Walk right now. However, I was very impressed with the Eagle Homecoming parade held downtown and I hear great things about this coming Spring Game.
Who is your favorite Southern Miss coach or athlete, past or present?
I would say Julie Gallup and Abby Sutherland are the two that I have become the closest to mainly because I have worked with them some on campus. I have also built friendships with Scott Berry and Corky Palmer while at USM. One of my favorite inspirational athletes is Demar Dotson. He should be the poster child for the Eagle Club considering his background before college and his present career. Coaches and athletes that spend time in the community and get to know their fans on a personal level will always take precedence in my opinion.
What are three must-have items for your own personal tailgate?
Friends, USM apparel, Food.
What is the best type of food to have at a tailgate?
(Deer)Sausage Dogs. Easy to eat without a mess.
Why should more Southern Miss fans and supporters join the Eagle Club?
Because it gives some athletes the chance to attend college which in turns provides them the opportunity to change the course of their future.
From all of USM's athletic success, what is your favorite memory of all-time?
I guess it would be the College World Series.
What is your favorite part about the game-day environment for any USM sports team?
Tailgating with friends.
What is your favorite place on the campus of Southern Miss?
The Power House Restaurant stands out because we reserved it for our wedding rehearsal dinner and our daughter Olivia's first birthday party.
What do you miss about Southern Miss?
The friendships of students and faculty. Even though I am not currently employed at USM, I can be found on campus regularly.
What piece of Southern Miss apparel can you not live without on game-day?
I like to wear my Austin Davis (AD) Jersey.
Tell us what Southern Miss Athletics means to you.
What is your favorite Southern Miss cheer?
S-O-U-T-H-E-R-N Southern Mississippi U-S-M!!!
What is your pregame ritual?
Walking around to various friends tailgating spots then heading to Eagle Walk.
Define Golden Eagle Pride?
Supporting The University of Southern Mississippi family despite negative comments or circumstances. Being a fan regardless of wins or losses.
What makes you the most passionate Golden Eagle Fan?
I am not necessarily the loudest fan in the stands, but many times, friends will ask me about a current game and I can usually give them an update.