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Eagles Get Ready for Long-Time Rival ECU

Oct. 15, 2013

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After coming off its final bye week of the season, the Southern Miss football team returned to practice Tuesday afternoon to get ready for its next opponent this weekend - long-time rival East Carolina.

Game time is set for 11 a.m. CT, and will be shown on the Fox Sports Networks. The tilt can also be heard on one of the affiliates of the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network, including flagship station WXRR-FM, Rock 104 (104.5) in the Hattiesburg/Laurel area.

This rivalry dates back to the 1951 season and the two schools have played each other every year since 1983 with Saturday's tilt taking place at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C. The contest marks the 39th meeting in football between the two schools and ranks as the fifth longest series in Southern Miss history in terms of games played.

As the Golden Eagles head into this contest, first-year coach Todd Monken continued to stress Tuesday afternoon that his team needed to continue to better themselves at practice because what you see there will mirror what will take place on Saturdays.

"The only way you create your own luck is by effort, energy, attitude, body language and playing for each other," said Monken. "We're trying to perfect practice so you're going to see that in the game. Everything you do in practice, you're going to see in the game."

The ECU contest starts a string of three of the next four games on the road for the Golden Eagles.

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