HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The head coach of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles wants fans to show up - and stay - at the football games, no matter who the team plays.
"Let's just say it like it is, I didn't come here to be the head coach to have that kind of showing by our fan base," Coach Todd Monken said after Saturday's victory against Austin Peay State University.
Fans we talked to agreed with Monken's call for better attendance.
"If people are leaving whenever we're getting beat (sic) so bad, why would you leave when we're winning so bad?" USM freshman Brett Valentine said. "Everyone needs to be at the games, because we're trying to get back to the top, and that's what it's all about."
That statement almost directly echoed Monken's.
"Are they going to be a part of this "to the top" together or not because that's what I bought in to," Monken said. The Rock and our fan base showing up and supporting our team that has fought like hell for three years to get to this point."
The Pride of Mississippi marching band member Eli Daley said having a crowd also shows support for the other student groups other than football.
"There's the band, there's the Dixie Darlings (and) all of us come together, perform, do our best, and all of us just want everybody to be there to see everything that we put out on the table," he said.
The Golden Eagles are on the road until they take on North Texas at home on Saturday.