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  • New Orleans Bowl weekend: Things to see & do

    New Orleans Bowl weekend: Things to see & do

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 3:54 PM EST2016-12-14 20:54:30 GMT
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    The Big Easy is known for its Cajun and Creole cuisine, Saints football and bustling nightlife.

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    The Big Easy is known for its Cajun and Creole cuisine, Saints football and bustling nightlife.

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  • New Orleans Bowl: Big Easy eats

    New Orleans Bowl: Big Easy eats

    Tuesday, December 13 2016 5:34 PM EST2016-12-13 22:34:29 GMT
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    The Big Easy, without a doubt, is known for its authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. 

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    The Big Easy, without a doubt, is known for its authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. 

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  • Book your hotel for the New Orleans Bowl

    Book your hotel for the New Orleans Bowl

    Monday, December 12 2016 4:07 PM EST2016-12-12 21:07:12 GMT
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    USM will square off with University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl in the Big Easy Saturday, Dec. 17. There is a great selection of hotels and inns just blocks away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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    USM will square off with University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl in the Big Easy Saturday, Dec. 17. There is a great selection of hotels and inns just blocks away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Heart and Soul: Dinkins leading the way for USM

    Heart and Soul: Dinkins leading the way for USM

    Wednesday, December 7 2016 10:23 PM EST2016-12-08 03:23:57 GMT
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    Whether in the 305 or the 601, the focus remains the same for Brittany Dinkins.

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    Whether in the 305 or the 601, the focus remains the same for Brittany Dinkins.

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  • 12 Golden Eagles make all-Conference USA team

    12 Golden Eagles make all-Conference USA team

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 5:07 PM EST2016-12-06 22:07:32 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi football squad had solid representation Tuesday when Conference USA's all-league team were announced. Voting was done by the league's coaches.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi football squad had solid representation Tuesday when Conference USA's all-league team were announced. Voting was done by the league's coaches.

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  • USM football team takes over WDAM Instagram during New Orleans Bowl

    USM football team takes over WDAM Instagram during New Orleans Bowl

    Monday, December 5 2016 2:21 PM EST2016-12-05 19:21:58 GMT
    The Southern Miss football team will be taking over our Instagram for a week while they play in the New Orleans bowl. Source: USMThe Southern Miss football team will be taking over our Instagram for a week while they play in the New Orleans bowl. Source: USM

    The USM Golden Eagles are going bowling...and they are taking WDAM with them!

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    The USM Golden Eagles are going bowling...and they are taking WDAM with them!

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    USM to play ULL in New Orleans Bowl

    USM to play ULL in New Orleans Bowl

    Monday, December 5 2016 12:32 AM EST2016-12-05 05:32:19 GMT
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    The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team will play in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. 

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    The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team will play in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. 

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  • USM's Nick Mullens, Picasso Nelson Jr. receive honors Monday

    USM's Nick Mullens, Picasso Nelson Jr. receive honors Monday

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 12:17 AM EST2016-11-29 05:17:41 GMT
    Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens was honored Monday night at the Jacskon Touchdown Club. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens was honored Monday night at the Jacskon Touchdown Club. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens was one of ten players honored on Senior Night at the Jackson Touchdown Club on Monday. Mullens, who owns the all-time USM records in passing yards (11,648) and touchdown passes (85), says he was humbled just to be recognized.

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    Southern Miss senior quarterback Nick Mullens was one of ten players honored on Senior Night at the Jackson Touchdown Club on Monday. Mullens, who owns the all-time USM records in passing yards (11,648) and touchdown passes (85), says he was humbled just to be recognized.

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  • USM flips script in regular season finale

    USM flips script in regular season finale

    Saturday, November 26 2016 11:56 PM EST2016-11-27 04:56:16 GMT
    USM defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. led the Golden Eagles with nine tackles and two interceptions in USM's 39-24 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. led the Golden Eagles with nine tackles and two interceptions in USM's 39-24 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Golden Eagles came into Friday’s on a three-game losing streak, facing the C-USA West division champs and winners of seven straight Louisiana Tech. All things considered, it was a game Southern Miss had no business winning. Yet, USM left its final game at the Rock victors by a score of 39-24, punching its eligibility for the bowl season.

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    The Golden Eagles came into Friday’s on a three-game losing streak, facing the C-USA West division champs and winners of seven straight Louisiana Tech. All things considered, it was a game Southern Miss had no business winning. Yet, USM left its final game at the Rock victors by a score of 39-24, punching its eligibility for the bowl season.

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  • USM snaps 3-game skid in regular season finale

    USM snaps 3-game skid in regular season finale

    Saturday, November 26 2016 12:51 AM EST2016-11-26 05:51:31 GMT
    USM snapped a three-game losing streak and became bowl eligible by beating Louisiana Tech 39-24 on Friday night. Courtesy: WDAMUSM snapped a three-game losing streak and became bowl eligible by beating Louisiana Tech 39-24 on Friday night. Courtesy: WDAM

    "This football team has been a special blessing to me,” said Southern Miss head Coach Jay Hopson following the Golden Eagles 39-24 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday. “A lot of people on the outside don’t understand all the battles and adversities this team went through. This team never quit. I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of a football team in my life.”

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    "This football team has been a special blessing to me,” said Southern Miss head Coach Jay Hopson following the Golden Eagles 39-24 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday. “A lot of people on the outside don’t understand all the battles and adversities this team went through. This team never quit. I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of a football team in my life.”

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  • USM's Ito Smith named Conerly Trophy finalist

    USM's Ito Smith named Conerly Trophy finalist

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 12:22 AM EST2016-11-22 05:22:30 GMT
    USM junior Ito Smith has rushed for 1,194 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior Ito Smith has rushed for 1,194 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss junior running back Ito Smith has been named as one of ten finalists for the Conerly Trophy. The annual award, named for College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Conerly, goes to Mississippi’s most outstanding college football player.

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    Southern Miss junior running back Ito Smith has been named as one of ten finalists for the Conerly Trophy. The annual award, named for College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Conerly, goes to Mississippi’s most outstanding college football player.

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  • USM looks to snap three-game losing skid

    USM looks to snap three-game losing skid

    Tuesday, November 22 2016 12:09 AM EST2016-11-22 05:09:21 GMT
    Southern Miss has dropped its last five of six games. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss has dropped its last five of six games. Courtesy: WDAM

    It’s hard to believe Southern Miss started the season 4-1 and is now 5-6. The Golden Eagles have lost three in a row and five of six games. USM head coach Jay Hopson says the most recent loss, 29-23 to North Texas, may have stung the worse as it gave the Golden Eagles’ bowl game hopes a hard hit.

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    It’s hard to believe Southern Miss started the season 4-1 and is now 5-6. The Golden Eagles have lost three in a row and five of six games. USM head coach Jay Hopson says the most recent loss, 29-23 to North Texas, may have stung the worse as it gave the Golden Eagles’ bowl game hopes a hard hit.

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  • USM falls to North Texas' 4th-quarter rally

    USM falls to North Texas' 4th-quarter rally

    Saturday, November 19 2016 11:44 PM EST2016-11-20 04:44:56 GMT
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    The University of North Texas erased a University of Southern Mississippi fourth-quarter lead by scoring the final nine points of the game to pull off a 29-20 Conference USA victory Saturday evening at Apeggio Stadium.

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    The University of North Texas erased a University of Southern Mississippi fourth-quarter lead by scoring the final nine points of the game to pull off a 29-20 Conference USA victory Saturday evening at Apeggio Stadium.

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  • USM looks to right ship against North Texas

    USM looks to right ship against North Texas

    Friday, November 18 2016 6:01 PM EST2016-11-18 23:01:34 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi football team is running out of games to right a season of early promise that has taken a turn for the worse. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi football team is running out of games to right a season of early promise that has taken a turn for the worse. 

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  • USM last in FBS in turnover margin

    USM last in FBS in turnover margin

    Monday, November 14 2016 11:55 PM EST2016-11-15 04:55:58 GMT
    USM starting quarterback Nick Mullens still listed as day-to-day. Courtesy: WDAMUSM starting quarterback Nick Mullens still listed as day-to-day. Courtesy: WDAM

    "I'll take all responsibility, I'm the head coach,” said Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson. “Our players are fighting. They're working hard. There is nothing but fight on this Southern Miss football team and I'm proud of that. Certainly, we want to win ball games." Lately, wins have been hard to come by for the Golden Eagles as they've lost four out of five games.

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    "I'll take all responsibility, I'm the head coach,” said Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson. “Our players are fighting. They're working hard. There is nothing but fight on this Southern Miss football team and I'm proud of that. Certainly, we want to win ball games." Lately, wins have been hard to come by for the Golden Eagles as they've lost four out of five games.

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  • USM quarterback issue remains unsettled

    USM quarterback issue remains unsettled

    Monday, November 14 2016 8:50 PM EST2016-11-15 01:50:31 GMT
    A decision has yet to have been made regarding the quarterback situation at Southern Miss. Source: WDAMA decision has yet to have been made regarding the quarterback situation at Southern Miss. Source: WDAM

    Keon Howard had a rollercoaster-ride of an afternoon in his collegiate debut for the University of Southern Mississippi Saturday at Old Dominion University. 

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    Keon Howard had a rollercoaster-ride of an afternoon in his collegiate debut for the University of Southern Mississippi Saturday at Old Dominion University. 

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  • With Nick Mullens' status uncertain, USM turns focus to Old Dominion

    With Nick Mullens' status uncertain, USM turns focus to Old Dominion

    Tuesday, November 8 2016 12:13 AM EST2016-11-08 05:13:20 GMT
    USM senior quarterback Nick Mullens and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson on the sidelines during Saturday's loss to Charlotte. Courtesy: WDAMUSM senior quarterback Nick Mullens and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson on the sidelines during Saturday's loss to Charlotte. Courtesy: WDAM

    "We're going to see,” said Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson on Monday afternoon. “I think Nick [Mullens] will be okay by Friday but we're just going to wait and see how it goes." That was Hopson’s response when asked about the status of USM senior quarterback Nick Mullens.

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    "We're going to see,” said Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson on Monday afternoon. “I think Nick [Mullens] will be okay by Friday but we're just going to wait and see how it goes." That was Hopson’s response when asked about the status of USM senior quarterback Nick Mullens.

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  • USM searches for consistency after 38-27 loss to Charlotte

    USM searches for consistency after 38-27 loss to Charlotte

    Sunday, November 6 2016 12:06 AM EDT2016-11-06 04:06:34 GMT
    USM gave up over 300 yards rushing in its 38-27 loss to Charlotte. Courtesy: WDAMUSM gave up over 300 yards rushing in its 38-27 loss to Charlotte. Courtesy: WDAM

    "Whenever we play with passion, we play our best games,” said Southern Miss junior defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. “Last week we played with passion and this week we kind of had an easy-go attitude and the same thing happened at UTSA, we had that easy-go attitude. That's whenever bad things happen."

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    "Whenever we play with passion, we play our best games,” said Southern Miss junior defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. “Last week we played with passion and this week we kind of had an easy-go attitude and the same thing happened at UTSA, we had that easy-go attitude. That's whenever bad things happen."

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  • Nick Mullens: USM's All-time passing leader

    Nick Mullens: USM's All-time passing leader

    Monday, October 31 2016 12:42 AM EDT2016-10-31 04:42:50 GMT
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    An 11-yard screen to Ito Smith marked the pass in which senior quarterback Nick Mullens became Southern Miss’ all-time leader in passing yards in USM’s 24-14 win over Marshall. Mullens said the record never entered his mind until the man he surpassed, former Golden Eagle Austin Davis, sent him a message before Saturday night’s game. "AD [Austin Davis] texted me and said, ‘Easy on my records,’” Mullens said. “And I told him, ‘Wins ...

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    An 11-yard screen to Ito Smith marked the pass in which senior quarterback Nick Mullens became Southern Miss’ all-time leader in passing yards in USM’s 24-14 win over Marshall.

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  • USM controls its own destiny in C-USA West

    USM controls its own destiny in C-USA West

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 12:22 AM EDT2016-10-25 04:22:08 GMT
    Southern Miss (4-3) gets ready to host Marshall (2-5) on homecoming at The Rock. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss (4-3) gets ready to host Marshall (2-5) on homecoming at The Rock. Courtesy: WDAM

    After giving up 35 unanswered points in its 45-10 loss at LSU, Southern Miss had a long bus ride home last Saturday. It was plenty of time for the Golden Eagles to have a conversation about what they need to do moving forward.

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    After giving up 35 unanswered points in its 45-10 loss at LSU, Southern Miss had a long bus ride home last Saturday. It was plenty of time for the Golden Eagles to have a conversation about what they need to do moving forward.

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  • USM preparing to face Marshall

    USM preparing to face Marshall

    Monday, October 24 2016 8:49 PM EDT2016-10-25 00:49:26 GMT
    Southern Miss enters bye week with 4-3 record. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss enters bye week with 4-3 record. Courtesy: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi spent its bye week getting back to the basics of football. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi spent its bye week getting back to the basics of football. 

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  • Big plays continue to cripple USM in loss at LSU

    Big plays continue to cripple USM in loss at LSU

    Monday, October 17 2016 12:47 AM EDT2016-10-17 04:47:52 GMT
    USM head coach Jay Hopson says the Golden Eagles will work on fundamentals, execution during the upcoming bye week. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head coach Jay Hopson says the Golden Eagles will work on fundamentals, execution during the upcoming bye week. Courtesy: WDAM

    A week removed from a 55-32 loss to UTSA in which Southern Miss found themselves down 21-0 in the first quarter, it was important for the Golden Eagles to get off to a quicker start against LSU Saturday night. USM did just that with a game-opening 75-yd touchdown drive, milking more than eight minutes off of the clock. The Golden Eagles headed to the locker room at halftime tied at 10 with LSU. But similar big plays that hurt USM against UTSA led to a 45-10 loss at LSU.

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    A week removed from a 55-32 loss to UTSA in which Southern Miss found themselves down 21-0 in the first quarter, it was important for the Golden Eagles to get off to a quicker start against LSU Saturday night. USM did just that with a game-opening 75-yd touchdown drive, milking more than eight minutes off of the clock. The Golden Eagles headed to the locker room at halftime tied at 10 with LSU. But similar big plays that hurt USM against UTSA led to a 45-10 loss at LSU.

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  • USM looking to step up at LSU

    USM looking to step up at LSU

    Friday, October 14 2016 6:52 PM EDT2016-10-14 22:52:19 GMT
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    University of Southern Miss safety D’Nerius Antoine knows more than a bit about the atmosphere that he and the Golden Eagles will be facing Saturday night when they take on Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.  

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    University of Southern Miss safety D’Nerius Antoine knows more than a bit about the atmosphere that he and the Golden Eagles will be facing Saturday night when they take on Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.  

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  • USM's Smith running with the best

    USM's Smith running with the best

    Thursday, September 29 2016 3:53 PM EDT2016-09-29 19:53:30 GMT

    The following statement from Southern Miss offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is not off base when talking about running back Ito Smith.

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    The following statement from Southern Miss offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is not off base when talking about running back Ito Smith.

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  • USM's Smith and Payne show promise

    USM's Smith and Payne show promise

    Tuesday, September 6 2016 10:18 PM EDT2016-09-07 02:18:11 GMT
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    There was never any doubt concerning Ito Smith's role entering the 2016 season. 

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    There was never any doubt concerning Ito Smith's role entering the 2016 season. 

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  • Wildcat rushing attack awaits USM

    Tuesday, August 30 2016 8:35 PM EDT2016-08-31 00:35:24 GMT
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    A big blue rushing attack will be one of the primary challenges the University of Southern Mississippi football team faces Saturday when the Golden Eagles open the season at Kentucky. 

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    A big blue rushing attack will be one of the primary challenges the University of Southern Mississippi football team faces Saturday when the Golden Eagles open the season at Kentucky. 

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  • Nelson Jr., Armstrong ready to lead USM secondary

    Nelson Jr., Armstrong ready to lead USM secondary

    Monday, August 15 2016 7:45 PM EDT2016-08-15 23:45:38 GMT
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    With a name like Picasso, one probably would think Picasso Nelson Jr. is gifted with a paint brush and canvas.

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    With a name like Picasso, one probably would think Picasso Nelson Jr. is gifted with a paint brush and canvas.

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  • Freeman fitting in on USM O-line

    Freeman fitting in on USM O-line

    Thursday, August 11 2016 8:39 PM EDT2016-08-12 00:39:19 GMT
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    Let it never be said that Will Freeman is not up for a challenge.

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    Let it never be said that Will Freeman is not up for a challenge.

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  • USM Football: Thigpen steps forward

    USM Football: Thigpen steps forward

    Saturday, August 6 2016 5:58 PM EDT2016-08-06 21:58:46 GMT
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    Coming out of West Jones High School in 2012-13, Xavier Thigpen was a Class 5A All-State selection in basketball and track field. But Thigpen loved football, and when the shuffling of the University of Southern Mississippi’s recruiting board finally settled, the former Mustang held a scholarship from the Golden Eagles. “I was actually the last offer, the last one to get offered in that (signing class),” Thigpen said. “So I just said, ‘As long as I get a...More >>
    Coming out of West Jones High School in 2012-13, Xavier Thigpen was a Class 5A All-State selection in basketball and track field. But Thigpen loved football, and when the shuffling of the University of Southern Mississippi’s recruiting board finally settled, the former Mustang held a scholarship from the Golden Eagles. “I was actually the last offer, the last one to get offered in that (signing class),” Thigpen said. “So I just said, ‘As long as I get a...More >>
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