HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - You hear it a lot, "Football is a man's game!." Well Southern Miss Football Coach Larry Fedora wanted to give the women the chance to step between the yard markers. For the fourth year in a row, Fedora invited the female fans of the Golden Eagles to the Rock this past Thursday, where he engaged in a Q and A along with his wife, his athletics director and even his starting quarterback for Football 101: Chalk Talk with Coach Fedora.
"You know, we wanted to put on a clinic for woman," said Fedora, "We wanted to give them an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at southern miss because we got a lot of female fans."
The ladies in attendance interacted with Fedora, his wife and starting quarterback Austin Davis, who was all smiles while taking the podium. Attendees definitely had fun with choosing their questions, but also presented some puzzlers for the coach as well.
"One lady wanted to know what the triple option was," smiled Fedora," One lady wanted to know what I'm like after we lose."
Photo ops with coach and other guests rounded out the festivities indoors, as well as a chance to literally step into the uniform and helmet of their Southern Miss Golden Eagles. So they got the full game day experience right? Well what is a coach Fedora chalk talk without a Coach Fedora pep talk?
To finish the night, the ladies marched almost single file down to the field at The Rock, and positioned themselves behind the inflatable tunnel that shades the traditional rock behind the goal post. Every woman huddled before the tunnel and coach Fedora, and intently tuned in for a demonstration of the fiery pre-game speech coach gives to his players before each and every game.
Stadium personal manned the fog machines as coach blared out, "You go out there, and you make those fans proud! You play Southern Miss-style football! You play fast and you play hard! Let's go!" And what followed was a sea of women sprinting through the fog, towards the goal post of the southern end zone, seemingly ready to dawn the black and gold and take to the field for coach Fedora.
So for one night, the game of football belonged to the ladies.
And just to add to what a special night it was for these ladies, coach added, "This is giving them an opportunity to see some things that their husbands or their boyfriends will never get a chance to see."