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Southern Miss Golden Eagles football
First season 1912
Athletic director Richard Giannini
Head coach Ellis Johnson
Home stadium M. M. Roberts Stadium
Year built 1932
Stadium capacity 36,000
Stadium surface Sports Exe Momentum Turf
Location Hattiesburg, Mississippi
League NCAA Division I FBS
Conference Conference USA
All-time record 548–371–27
Postseason bowl record 10–10
Claimed national titles 2
Conference titles 8
Consensus All-Americans 0
Colors Black and Gold            
Fight song Southern Miss to the Top
Mascot Seymour d'Campus
Marching band Pride of Mississippi
Outfitter Nike
Rivals Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Memphis Tigers
Tulane Green Wave

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football program represents the University of Southern Mississippi in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The Eagles are members of Conference USA and play their home games at M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The team's current head coach is Ellis Johnson, who will begin his tenure with the 2012 season.


Football classifications

Conference affiliations


National championships

Year Overall Record Coach Selector
1958 9–0 Thad Vann United Press International College Division
1962 9–1 Thad Vann United Press International College Division

Conference championships

Year Overall Record Conference Record Coach Conference
1948 7–3 4–0 Reed Green Gulf States Conference
1950 5–5 3–1 Thad Vann Gulf States Conference
1951 6–5 4–0 Thad Vann Gulf States Conference
1996 8–3 4–1 Jeff Bower Conference USA
1997 9–3 6–0 Jeff Bower Conference USA
1999 9–3 6–0 Jeff Bower Conference USA
2003 9–4 8–0 Jeff Bower Conference USA
2011 12-2 6–2 Larry Fedora Conference USA
† Denotes co-champions

Bowl history


Home stadium

M. M. Roberts Stadium


M. M. Roberts Stadium - "The Rock"

Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M. M. Roberts Stadium is nicknamed "The Rock at Southern Miss" and boasts a seating capacity of 36,000. The stadium history dates back to October 29, 1932 when the State Teachers College defeated Spring Hill College, 12-0, as some 4,000 fans looked on from wooden bleachers. On this homecoming date, the playing field was dedicated as "Faulkner Field" in honor of local businessman L. E. Faulkner, who provided the materials and equipment to build the original facility. The stadium was dedicated on September 25, 1976, with Southern Miss hosting intrastate-rival Ole Miss. Since the opening of M. M. Roberts Stadium in 1976, Southern Miss has accumulated a winning percentage of 73% at home. In 1989, the playing field had a new irrigation system installed. The Robert "Ace" Cleveland Press Box and president's box was renovated and chairback seating was added to the west side of the stadium. In 2002, the lighting system was upgraded to provide brighter lighting and two new poles were added, one in each end zone. The playing field at Roberts Stadium underwent a name change in the 2004 summer when it was renamed Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium in honor of entrepreneur Gene Carlisle who provided the contribution for the installation of a new playing surface, Momentum Turf by Sportexe. A new state-of-the-art scoreboard was installed prior to the 2007 season. Other renovations and additions include such major projects as luxury suites, club-level seating, elevators on each side of the south end zone, and a visiting team locker room.


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Southern Miss–LA Tech: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting USM wins USM losses Win %
44 November 28, 1935 (lost 0–27) September 3, 2011 (won 19–17) 31 13 70.5%

Memphis Tigers

Southern Miss–Memphis: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting USM wins USM losses Ties Win %
62 October 26, 1935 (won 12–0) November 26, 2011 (won 44–7) 40 21 1 65.6%

Tulane Green Wave

Southern Miss–Tulane: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting USM wins USM losses Win %
30 October 13, 1979 (lost 19–20) November 6, 2010 (won 46–30) 23 7 76.7%




Southern Miss to the Top

The Southern Miss to the Top! Response Cheer is used among Southern Miss alumni, students and supporters. The initiator of the cheer says “Southern Miss!” The responder says “To the Top!” Hand signals accompany the cheer, which are two gestures upward with the index finger, done by both the initiator and responder.

The District

The District is located near the intersection of US Hwy 49 and Hardy Street. The historic district of campus is anchored by the five original buildings of the campus: Ogelee Tree Alumni House, The Honor House, College Hall, Forrest Hall, and Hattiesburg Hall. It is also the traditional tailgating site for students during football season. It is home to Lake Byron, which has served as a focal point for many university activities and several weddings.

Eagle Walk

The Eagle Walk is found underneath the upper deck of M. M. Roberts Stadium. Two hours prior to football game day, a cannon is fired, which begins the procession. ROTC, The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, University officials, and football players make a march through this street to the cheers of thousands of fans. Every fall, the incoming freshman give the walls and street a "fresh coat of paint" as they have done for half a century.

Pride of Mississippi Marching Band

Seymour d'Campus

Over the years, Southern Miss has experienced an evolution of nicknames from Normalites to Tigers to Yellow Jackets to Confederates to Southerners. In 1972, alumni, faculty, students and staff were asked to submit new names for the athletic teams, and an ad hoc committee appointed by the Alumni Association voted on the submissions. The present mascot, the Golden Eagles, was chosen as the athletic teams’ name, and the new mascot was eventually named Seymour, an individual in a golden eagle costume. Seymour’s full name is Seymour d’Campus (a pun on "see more [of] the campus"). The name was inspired by the 1984 World's Fair mascot, Seymour d’Fair (a pun on "see more [of] the Fair"), who was played by former Southern Miss mascot Jeff Davis ’83.

Future Non-Conference Opponents[1]

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
at Nebraska vs Nebraska at Mississippi State vs Mississippi State at LSU at Tennessee vs Navy vs South Alabama at South Alabama
at Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech vs Louisiana Tech at Nebraska vs Western Kentucky
vs Louisville at Boise State at BYU vs BYU
vs Boise State


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