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Golden Eagle Pride Campaign Highlights Betty Pace

Betty Pace

Oct. 4, 2011

Golden Eagle Pride Campaign Round-Up

How long have you been a supporter of the Eagle Club?
Since the club was formed some 25 to 30 years ago.

Where are you currently located?
Hattiesburg, Miss., in Lamar County and the Richburg community

What is your earliest memory of Southern Miss Athletics?
The mid-50's - I recall the national championships around this time.

Why do you support the Eagle Club and Southern Miss Athletics?
It is for scholarship for athletics in assisting in the funding at Southern Miss.

You have season tickets to what sports?
Football and baseball

What is your favorite Southern Miss Athletics tradition?
'To the Top'

Who is your favorite Southern Miss coach or athlete, past or present?
P. W. Underwood was my favorite coach and Reggie Collier was my favorite player.

What are three must-have items for your own personal tailgate?
You must have a tent and chairs.

What is the best type of food to have at a tailgate?
Finger foods - anything you can pick up with your fingers and eat!

Why should more Southern Miss fans and supporters join the Eagle Club?
It assists with athletic fund raising, facilities and recruitment.

From all of USM's athletic success, what is your favorite memory of all-time?
When Ray Guy punted 96 yards against Ole Miss (1972) and Sammy Winder's had his leap against Ole Miss (1980).

What is your favorite part about the game-day environment for any USM sports team?
I get anxious for the game and just enjoy seeing the game played.

What is your favorite place on the campus of Southern Miss?
Any of the school's sports venues.

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

How were you introduced to Southern Miss and USM Athletics?
I was introduced in high school, where I played and loved sports.

Tell us what Southern Miss Athletics means to you.
Seeing college sports - watching good college athletics - what else is there to do in Hattiesburg.

What is your favorite Southern Miss cheer?
To the Top or S-O-U-T-H-E-R-N

What is your pregame ritual?
I like to tailgate with family and friends.

Define Golden Eagle Pride?
It is defined by playing hard and having good sportsmanship.

What makes you the most passionate Golden Eagle Fan?
I cannot wait for game day. I have to be there or be able to listen on the radio, watch it on TV. I love the atmosphere of USM sports and always pulling for their success. I attend all home and many of the away football games, most of the home and some away basketball games, all of the home baseball games and many of the girls home softball games. I always talk about USM sports and promote the Eagle Club to everyone that will listen. I am dedicated and loyal to the cause of USM sports and having a successful athletic program.

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