Nov. 30, 2010
Southern Miss has accepted a bid to play in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl set for December 21, 2010 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the Eagles' opponent has yet to be named, our opponent will be from the Big East Conference. It is most important that our fans purchase tickets thru the Southern Miss ticket office.
The Eagles' have endured a season of highs and lows, numerous injuries and unprecedented adversity off the field. Still, the team finished the regular season 8-4 and runner-up in Conference USA's east division and eight points away from being 11-1. Head Coach Larry Fedora has tied former Coach Curley Hallman for the best combined record in school history during the first three years as head coach. The berth in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl is a great reward for our players and coaches, but also an opportunity for our fans to travel to a wonderful new venue to watch the Eagles face a Big East team.
Tickets are on sale and we urge our fans to make plans now to be there when the Eagles take the field for the 8 p.m. kickoff. This is not a difficult trip to make. Airlines departing from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport are offering round trip airfares starting at $150. With the game set for December 21, families can still be home before the holidays.
It's no secret that attendance at bowl games is important, and I know our fans will take advantage of this opportunity for a trip to a great venue to cheer for the Eagles against a quality opponent. All summer the nation buzzed about conference realignment and although the moves by teams out west did not directly affect us, we knew the time would come for Southern Miss fans to step up and be counted.
Just this week we learned that the dominoes are again falling, with TCU announcing it will leave the Mountain West and join the Big East. More changes across the conference landscape are coming, and those changes will more than likely affect Conference USA. For now, it's up to us to make sure that Southern Miss is positioned to compete at the highest level, and that starts with making sure we are well represented as the nation watches us play on December 21. We want to make an impact in St. Pete with thousands of Golden Eagle fans wearing their black and gold!
Call the Southern Miss ticket office TODAY (1-800-844-TICK) to reserve your tickets.
To order your tickets online or for additional information on the bowl game, go to http://southernmiss.com.
Let's be there, loud and proud, to support the Eagles and make a huge statement!