Southern Miss Unveils 2017 Eagle Fest Weekend Slate
Student Combine Registration
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Spring is in the air, and Southern Miss Golden Eagle fans will have several exciting opportunities to take in the Eagle Fest action April 21-23 that ranges from the football spring game, to a baseball series and many other exciting events.
The weekend opens up with a Student Combine inside The Rock, Friday from 4 - 5:30 p.m, presented by Corner Market and PowerAde. Modeled after its NFL counterpart, Southern Miss students can register via the athletics website or at Gate 1 on the northwest side prior to the event. The broad and vertical jumps, 5-10-5 shuttle run, L-Drill and 40-yard dash will all be offered to the participants.
That Friday night, Southern Miss opens its series with Old Dominion at 6 p.m., presented by the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Saturday morning marks the Future Golden Eagles Football Camp. This event, made possible by Corner Market and PowerAde, runs from 10 - 11 a.m. inside The Rock and is free for all children as young as four and old as eighth-grade. Little Caesar's and Kona Ice will also be featured food vendors. Registration for the camp begins at 9 a.m. on the northwest side at Gate 1. All children attending will receive a free ticket to the 4 p.m. baseball game that day (presented by Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance), which also features a postgame autograph session.
The College Football Saturday festivities also include a Champions Brunch, presented by Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. inside the Giannini Touchdown Terrace. Eagle Club members will have first priority registration until April 10. RSVPs (call 601-266-6721) are required, and those made by non-Eagle Club members will be placed on a waiting list and orders fulfilled based on availability once the priority deadline has passed. The event is $35 per person. Attendees will also be treated to a forum with esteemed Southern Miss and NFL alumni Hanford Dixon, Michael Boley, Sammy Winder, Tony Smith and Jeff Posey.
Football's Black and Gold Game will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and fans may sit in the lower deck of west side and in the south end zone. Winners of the Friday Student Combine will be presented signed footballs and trophies as well.
Fans are also invited to take in the Fifth Quarter Festival in Spirit Park from 2 - 3:30 p.m. The Southern Miss Activities Council is hosting a crawfish festival for students, and there will be plenty of live music, inflatables and food vendors to present a "Taste of the 'burg.'" Students may also bring in their crawfish to The Pete for that 4 p.m. baseball game.
Eagle Fest formally concludes Sunday with a 10:30 a.m. baseball series finale against ODU, presented by Mississippi Blood Services.
Stay tuned to SouthernMiss.com and @USMGoldenEagles on Twitter for more updates on Eagle Fest.