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Statements on Historic Announcement of Ala.-Miss. All-Star Game Coming to Hattiesburg

July 21, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The following are statements from Southern Miss Football Coach, Todd Monken, and Director of Athletics, Bill McGillis, on the historic announcement today that the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game will be coming to Hattiesburg for 2015 and 2017.

The 2015 game marks the first time the game will be played outside the state of Alabama.

Here are the statements:

Southern Miss Football Coach Todd Monken
"We are really pleased that Southern Miss will be a host site for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game twice over the next five years. This is an incredibly momentous event for this game to come to Hattiesburg. Over its 27-year history, it has never been played outside the state of Alabama and now, when it moves to our great state, it will come here to Southern Miss in 2015 and then again in 2017. What a great opportunity to have this game move to our state and here to Hattiesburg for the first time and for future games.

"This game will allow young men from two different states, and their families, a chance to see the Southern Miss campus and get a feel for our facilities as well as the great city of Hattiesburg."

Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis
"We are extremely excited about today's announcement related to the University of Southern Mississippi's opportunity to serve as the host site for the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Football Game. Given that this will be the first time this game has ever been played in Mississippi, it's obviously a historic moment for the university, city, region and state. We look forward to assisting the MHSAA and their partners in ensuring a first-class environment and game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

"We also are very much looking forward to the opportunity to bring the MHSAA state football championships to M.M. Roberts Stadium and South Mississippi in 2018 and periodic years thereafter."

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