Welcome to the homepage of the nationally ranked, All-American mascot for the University of Southern Mississippi, Seymour! Seymour attends Golden Eagle sporting events all year round including Southern Miss Football, Lady Eagle Volleyball, Lady Eagle Soccer, Golden and Lady Eagle Basketball games, as well as, many other community and University functions and personal appearances. Seymour is also active in various radio and television promotions. This page will teach you more about the mascot.
Background Southern Miss Mascot - "Seymour"
Seymour competes in the UCA Mascot National competition when the opportunity presents itself. In 2000, Seymour ranked 21st in the nation; in 2001, he ranked 11th; and in 2002, he ranked 7th; in 2003, Seymour ranked 15th. In 2011, Seymour ranked 10th in the nation and did attend the UCA Mascot National competition in 2012. He was also chosen to be a member of the Capital One's All American Mascot Team along with schools such as Miami (FL), Penn State, Alabama, Tennessee and Syracuse. This is a very prestigious award, as only 12 of over 250 schools were selected.
The core of mascot performers consists of three or five members. Scholarships are available. Mascots have access to the Student Academic Enhancement Program, which helps student athletes with registration and class scheduling. Additionally, the members of the squad will also be provided with sports medicine.
2014 - 2015 Seymour Tryouts
Requirements for Tryouts
Current Southern Miss students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at Southern Miss and a 2.0 GPA for the fall semester. Transfers and incoming freshmen must be accepted into the University prior to tryouts. Other requirements are as follows:
Each contender must perform an improvisational skit with the Seymour mascot suit. The skit will be dictated by the judges.
Each mascot must pass an endurance test. The Endurance test will take place at Reed Green Coliseum. This is primarily a cardiovascular test, but also gives each contender an idea of what football season is like.
Each mascot must go through a series of interviews.
Applicants must also turn in a tryout application, proof of medical insurance and a liability waiver before being allowed to tryout. The return information is printed on the tryout application. Tryouts for Seymour are held yearly; there is no tenure in the mascot program.