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Viewpoint - USM and MSU back together

USM and MSU state officials announced in a joint press conference this Thursday that beginning in 2014 the two schools will renew their rivalry on the gridiron after nearly a quarter of a century.

The two-year home and home series will hopefully turn into a regular event once again. 

As a Southern Miss alumni, I along with a multitude of other fans remember when the seasonal in-state rivalry between Southern Miss and Mississippi State and Southern Miss and Ole Miss were the two highlights of the season.  

You could count on extremely large crowds of Mississippians crowding to the games with passion and expectation.

Emotions and enthusiasm ran high, and the excitement in the air crackeled.  

As USM president Martha Saunders and Athletic Director Richard Giannini both pointed out at the press conference, rivalries are what football is all about.  

Instate rivalries like this fill stadiums, sell tickets, help recruiting and make a lot of much needed money for the schools involved and the cities in which they are played.  

We salute Mississippi State President Mark Keenum and add Greg Byrne for having the vision to break the embargo and work with USM to make this happen.  

We hope the folks at Ole Miss will follow suit and begin a new era of yearly anticipation between all three schools.  

I'm Jim Cameron and that's my viewpoint...let me hear from you.

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