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'Embarrassing' season cost Southern Miss' Johnson his job

I tip my hat to this action. The AD did the right thing and acted swiftly at the conclusion of the season. I respect that.  (Nov 28, 2012 | post #1)

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USM Football finishes 0-12 in 2012

I can run down a list of reasons the program has failed. But does not really matter. Explaining why assumes someone will listen and respond. This is a sad state of affairs, and frankly, I feel sorry for the players. The coaches will eventually be terminated and move on, but the players must live with this season for the balance of their lives, in particular the seniors. I also feel sorry for the AD and Head Coach. They either do not realize their short comings, or do realize them and area afraid to face the truth. The AD has failed the athletic program and has demonstrated a complete lack of leadership.  (Nov 24, 2012 | post #1)

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Ho hum, another loss: Mustangs stampede past Golden Eagles

Johnson's comments help explain, in part, this year's lack of performance. He is not focused on this being the worst season in Southern Miss football history. He does not appear to feel the pressure of legacy. His comments clearly indicate he has no idea how to coach a winning program. The AD continues to allow this to happen. When it comes to the athletic and football leadership, this program has become the Island of misfit boys.  (Nov 11, 2012 | post #1)

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Peterson leads Rice past Southern Miss 44-17

By remaining in his position, the Ad demonstrates that he has no moral courage. He has failed to provide adequate leadership and has failed to accept full responsibility for the failure of the football program. He has no moral courage because he knows he cannot find another job, so he continues to hang on and accept his check from USM. I feel very, very sorry for him. He must have difficulty shaving each morning, having to face himself and realize he is not a leader. This AD has eroded a generation of athletic success. The blood must rush from his face when he realizes that leading is more than standing in front of a bunch of soldiers. He has continued the tradition of losing that he established when a player at USM. If you have any self respect, Hammond, you will resign within five minutes of firing the entire football staff. But I will not hold my breath. I saw the same week will in many of my junior officers. So Jeff, does your desire for a paycheck out weigh your sense of honor? If you remain in the job, then your answer is a resounding "yes." I feel so sorry for you and how small you must feel to realize you could not fight yourself out of a wet paper bag.  (Oct 27, 2012 | post #1)

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Golden Eagles fall to 0-7, lose bowl eligibility

This is a poorly coached team, of course stating the obvious. I could only watch about 2 minutes last night. Painful, very painful. I saw it in 20 years as an officer of Marines, and I see it now on the playing field of Southern Miss football. Good, strong leadership produces good, strong units. Confused, weak leadership produces confused, weak units. The question of football leadership, or lack thereof is settled. The question is if the entire athletic program is headed down the same path, a result of weak leadership at the top. I have observed so many of my peers in the Marine Corps and other services take off their uniform, only to realize they were not strong leaders; rather others followed them out of respect for the uniform, fear of running afoul of the UCMJ, or out of curiosity to see how comical things would get. We shall see in the coming weeks if the Southern Miss athletic department has strong leadership. It is easy to boast of past accomplishments, but tomorrow is what matters. Fix the cancer in Southern Miss athletics or remove it. Either will be better than what we are suffering now. The players deserve better. The community deserves better. The legacy of success deserves better.  (Oct 21, 2012 | post #1)

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Central Florida beats Southern Mississippi 38-31 in 2 OT

I could only watch about 20 minutes. Any comments about a good game because the Golden Eagles played hard to the end, moral victories, etc. are empty. A loss is a loss. I am confident the coaching staff consists of good men, but they appear to be in over their head. Do not believe Johnson has ever had a winning season as a head coach, the OC was a high school coach last year (and the play calling is at the high school level), the DC has been churned from school to school (and the play calling is numb). In the end, the players are paying the price of a coaching staff that appears to lack direction or strong leadership. This season is not out of line from a season when the AD played at Southern Miss (another person who is over his head). Defeat can become contagious. I think we are there.  (Oct 14, 2012 | post #1)

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Hilltoppers dominate in win over Golden Eagles

I could not watch more than about five minutes of the game. Not normally a "glass half-full" guy, this season is shaping up to be a disaster. Something is fundamentally wrong. The corps of players is sound, so this lays at the feet of the coaching staff. More than the developing situation with the football program, I have concerns with the athletic program at large.  (Sep 23, 2012 | post #1)

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Still no QB decision

My guess is the offense will not settle into a rhythm until a single QB is selected. Not an NCAA coach or player, but just my thought on getting down the basics of timing, in particular between signal caller and the receiving corps.  (Sep 18, 2012 | post #1)

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East Carolina spoils USM's home opener

Today's performance was one of the worst I have observed. Rather than looking at the statistics, my grades this week are based only on watching the game. Defense graded a B+; Special Teams graded a B; Offense graded an F, Coaching Staff graded an F. Must give credit to the fans in the stands who remained in the stadium and with the team until the last whistle. Let's see what happens with adjustments by next week. Last season looked gloomy after the loss at Marshall, but all was fine in the end. My concern watching today's game was the lack of spark on offense. I do not mean the poor execution, I mean the play calling, which had a dated and stale feeling. Okay, that is behind us. Look forward.  (Sep 15, 2012 | post #1)

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Southern Miss Football: Golden Eagles To Play Nevada in S...

Congratulations to the Golden Eagles. The trip to Hawaii raises mixed emotions. If all the players are happy with the choice, then fine. However, the challenge will be fans and players' families ability to travel and the associated cost of a trip to HI. Let's not forget, the players go on the field; the fans underwrite the program. Good luck Eagles!  (Dec 5, 2011 | post #1)

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COLUMN: USM loss to UAB a head-scratcher

Southern Miss was out-coached in this game. It there were adjustments made, it was not evident. Consider that one score was the product of a short field after a fumble, one was the product of a short field after a pooch kick, and one score was the result of a fake field goal, the offense did little and looks like the offense on display the first two games of the season. The defense was anything but nasty, except to a Golden Eagle fan watching on TV. This team and season had the opportunity to be a once in a generation team and season. Now, unless something changes and the team continues to play as as it has the last couple of weeks, and the coaches continue to appear to be focused on other things and opportunities, 2011 will be another run of the mill season. Even if Southern MIss is successful against Memphis, there is a strong possibility of a 10-4 season. Certainly nothing to brag about. Grades: Offense - C; Defense - D; Special Teams - B; Coaching Staff - F.  (Nov 20, 2011 | post #1)

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East Carolina Postgame Notes

After the first Southern MIss score, East Carolina was never in the game. The game was less competitive than the score indicates. Defense and special teams both score an A+. Offense scores a B+. Remove the defensive and special teams points and the score looks much different. For the first time this season, the division title is truly in the hands of the Golden Eagles. As a side note, the number of Southern MIss fans and their enthusiasm was nice. Kudos to the USM faithful. Kudos the the Golden Eagles. Thank you for making last night's ride back to northern Virginia pleasant.  (Nov 6, 2011 | post #1)

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Southern Miss running backs step up again

I tip my hat to the offense, but the defense and special teams have kept the Golden Eagles in the game and either helped win out right, or kept the team in the competitive range so the offense could do their job. This is the most well rounded Southern MIss football squad I can remember watching in probably a decade. The coaching staff has done a quality job of prepping the team and making game adjustments.  (Oct 30, 2011 | post #1)

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SEC teams afraid to add Southern Miss

While I would like to believe the point of the article, there is probably more to the story. My guess is that there is no margin for UM or MSU to play Southern Miss. As a team in the SEC, they are expected to win (of course the quality of their teams tells a different story). If they lose to Southern Miss, they will pay the price in recruiting in the state.  (Oct 30, 2011 | post #1)

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Southern Miss heading to UTEP as ranked team

Well done to the team and coaching staff. Two turnovers, in particular the fumble were disconcerting, but the defense contained damage. The defense is playing as well as I have ever seen since my undergrad tenure, back in the day of the first "Nasty Bunch." This defense has earned the title and should wear it with pride.  (Oct 24, 2011 | post #1)