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WDAM Viewpoint- USM not lacking in controversy

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It was the best of times and the worst of times.  That famous quote could almost be applied to the University of Southern Mississippi as the institution enters its second hundred years. With much success has come much turnover…we hope it is all for the best. 

After a record setting football season, we saw a turnover with the head coach and staff.  After making it to the NCAA basketball tournament…we saw head coach Larry Eustachy depart…along with long time athletic director Richard Gianinni.  Today Dr. Martha Saunders announced her resignation as president of the university after 5 years at the helm.  Obviously a lot has been going on behind the scenes and there is a certain amount of division in the ranks of Southern Miss supporters.  Regardless of what led to what, here's hoping that the Golden Eagle nation as a whole can put differences aside and come together on what is best for the institution.  No doubt balancing academics, finances and fund raising, and athletics takes a certain kind of deftness and diplomacy few people possess.  It is hard to imagine another 20-year presidency like the one of Dr. Aubry Lucas.  But here's hoping wise choices and a wide consensus come together in seeking to fill the vacancies in some of the top spots at the University.  Our hope is for continued growth and advancement in all aspects of the school that is so important to our state and our immediate region.  Most of all, it is important for the students. 

I'm Jim Cameron.  Let us know what you think.