Jim Richards and Director of Athletics Bill McGillis
Aug. 7, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Equipment carried to support the Southern Miss football program on the road in 2013 will travel in style with a new 18-wheeler truck, courtesy of KLLM Transport Services, which was officially unveiled last weekend at Golden Eagle Fanfare.
The Golden Eagles will utilize an 18-wheeler semi-truck with its 52-foot trailer for the first time as it will be prominently decorated in Black and Gold, including the school name inscribed on each side with photos and brag facts about the program on each side of the trailer.
The truck was made possible by Thomas and Jim Duff, which own the Jackson, Miss., based company. Last year, Southern Miss named the athletic building in their honor.
In commenting on providing the truck to the university Thomas Duff said, "With the advent of the Todd Monken Era and a renewed emphasis on Southern Miss football, Jim and I thought this was the opportune moment to make this additional gift to the University. As a useful tool and traveling billboard for Southern Miss athletics, this tractor trailer rig will allow Southern Miss to exhibit its proud history and commitment to athletic excellence."
The truck will visit 18 different states and cover 11,786 miles over the course the 2013 football season. The states will include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
"This is another example of the amazing generosity of the Duff family and their passion for Southern Miss," said Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis. "This truck will have tremendous functional value for our football program and positively impact the logistics related to the transportation of our equipment. As importantly, it provides a powerful branding opportunity for Golden Eagle athletics. We're talking about a rolling billboard that will traverse 18 states and almost 12,000 miles this fall alone. It's a big time amenity for a big time football program."
Photography for the truck was provided by Steve Coleman, while Rick Bice and Cliff Brown collaborated on the design. KLLM will be providing a driver for the truck and cover all of the expense associated with operating the 18-wheeler for the season.
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