Each workday for the next two weeks Charlotte49ers.com will profile a different Conference USA school as a way to introduce our new league opponents starting in 2013-14.

Southern Miss

General Information
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Founded: 1910
Enrollment: 17,254
Nickname: Golden Eagles
Colors: Black and Gold
President: Dr. Rodney Bennett
Athletics Director: Bill McGillis

Athletics Website: www.southernmiss.com
Twitter: @USMGoldenEagles
Facebook: Southern Miss Athletics

Conference History:
Southern Miss has been a Conference USA member since 1995.
Proper References: Southern Miss, USM

Athletic Highlights: In 2011, the Golden Eagles football team finished #19 in the AP College Poll. Men’s Basketball advanced to the 2012 NCAA Tournament with as an at- large selection. The Baseball and Softball programs both advanced to the College World Series in 2009 and 1999-00, respectively.

Noteworthy Accomplishments: Southern Miss was named a “Green College” by the Princeton Review. Southern Miss has ranked in the Nation’s Top Business Schools by U.S. News and World.


  • JIMMY BUFFETT - Singer, songwriter, author
  • JIM "PEANUTS" DAVENPORT - Former manager of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants
  • BRIAN DOZIER - Minnesota Twins Infielder
  • BRETT FAVRE - First three-time NFL MVP, led the Green Bay Packers to two consecutive Super Bowls
  • GARY GRUBBS - Hollywood actor
  • RAY GUY - Former NFL standout punter, was selected as NFL's top punter when the league selected its 75th anniversary team
  • EDWIN PITTMAN - Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court
  • CHUCK SCARBOROUGH - Anchor for WNBC News in New York
  • BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT L. STEWART - Director of Plansfor the United States Space Command and Commander of the U.S. Army element, North American Aerospace Defense NASA in 1978, qualifying as an astronaut the following year

MEN (7) -
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Tennis, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field
WOMEN (9) -
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball