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#1 Re: Southern Miss » Guess there's no practical way to address ceiling. » 2020-10-02 06:05:13

I would think they could install some sort of drop ceiling 1) to hide the ugliness of the dome and 2) to trap/increase crowd noise. But I’m sure that would be expensive and there are certainly other areas that need attention 1st

#2 Re: Southern Miss » Who we lose to this week? » 2020-10-01 05:50:01

99beers wrote:

we better be trying new players, especially at QB.

Prepare yourself for the possibility of Jack being the starter again in 2021.

#3 Southern Miss » Southern Miss Athletics Reconstruction Plan... » 2020-09-29 13:12:36

Bleacher Eagle
Replies: 5

Immediate needs:
For recruiting purposes, we need better facilities for the 2 revenue generating sports:
    An IPF for football.
    A major renovation of Reed Green, including a dedicated practice facility.
   
In order to pay for the above items we need increased revenue & decreased expenses (chicken & egg):

    To cut expenses: Leave CUSA immediately and join the Sunbelt. The Sunbelt is more geographically friendly and it's no worse than CUSA 3.0 in any sport. This will save on travel expenses for all sports.

    To increase revenue: Future non-conference football schedules should include 3 money games and 1 home game vs either Alcorn St or Jackson St. Of the 3 money games, schedule as many as possible with teams that are within bussing distance (LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss) to save on the expense of a chartered flight. Do the equivalent of this in basketball. We don't need to playing home and homes with North Florida, nor should we be hosting teams like Rust, Millsaps, Southeastern Baptist College, etc. These games neither generate revenue nor increase fan interest.
   
Phase II:
Once the finances to complete the facilities upgrades are obtained, go back to just 2 money games in football and replace the other game with home & home matchups with some of our former rivals: East Carolina, Memphis, Houston, Tulane, USF, etc. Continue to play an intriguing slate of basketball teams (NO non-D1 schools).

Conclusion:
In synopsis: Small travel footprint to reduce expenses. Better facilities to attract better recruits. More intriguing opponents in football & basketball.
  Better players + more intriguing matchups = more fan interest.
  More fan interest = more revenue.
  More revenue – expense savings = more capital to reinvest back into the programs/facilities/coaches.

Unlike pipe dreams of joining the AAC, ALL of this is within our control. If we decide to do it, it can be done and it can be done in the next handful of years. Continuing down the same path we’re on will just dig us into a deeper and deeper hole. Our leadership needs to make some bold decisions and take radical action now, before it’s too late to resurrect our athletic department from the pits of D1.

#4 Re: Southern Miss » Scotty embarrassed » 2020-09-28 11:06:32

I've been embarrassed for 6 consecutive games.

#5 Re: Southern Miss » Positives? » 2020-09-25 14:04:39

Positives? Tim Jones is really good.

Not Positive? Tim Jones is battling an injury.

Negatives? Most everything else.

#6 Re: Southern Miss » Things are about to get ugly » 2020-09-21 15:57:25

AndreWhere wrote:

If that's how it unfolds, then it's 8 straight losses and a head coach who's 0-4.

If this happens, it's gonna be a rough season for Scotty. He seems like a rah rah type of coach who tries to get the team to play emotionally. One, you can't get a football team emotionally fired up every single week. Typically just a few times per year. If you start out with 4 straight losses, then those pregame pump up speeches are gonna start falling on deaf ears. That stuff is great when you're winning, but roll your eyes embarrassing when you keep losing.

AndreWhere wrote:

losing is a disease

100% correct. If we start the season 0-5, this team will likely lay down and quit on their way to 2-10, maybe 3-9. They'll know the season is lost and they'll know that likely none of these coaches will return. It could get brutally bad.

#7 Re: Southern Miss » At this point, we need to be pursuing membership into the Sunbelt » 2020-09-13 05:58:34

AndreWhere wrote:
B&GBU wrote:

I mean it's silly as dog shit that we don't play The Ragin Cajuns!

LA Tech has some weird snobby attitude that will probably keep them from ever playing in a conference with ULL.

It's the same with NMSU and UTEP. You'd think maybe UTEP would want their biggest rival (and the only  other FBS school in that part of the country) in the conference, but there's just way too much bad blood there.

"We" just shoot ourselves in the foot with some of these backfill conference invitations. None of the upside claimed for the 2011-2012 additions has materialized... absolutely none of it.

I think the bigger hold up for La. Tech would be playing in a conference with ULM, but your point still stands: La. Tech is baselessly arrogant over their fellow instate G5 schools. However, given the choice of staying in a version of CUSA without USM & UAB or playing ULL & ULM every year, I think they would cave. If not, eff them and let’s go recruit UNT instead.

#8 Southern Miss » At this point, we need to be pursuing membership into the Sunbelt » 2020-09-12 16:10:07

Bleacher Eagle
Replies: 8

It’s a better football league. The money and exposure is equivalent. They have solid baseball programs. It’s geographically friendlier.

Honestly, is there any downside to moving?

Convince UAB, La Tech and one other school to join us and it would be a solid 14 team conference in a tight geographical footprint.

#9 Re: Southern Miss » New schedule » 2020-08-06 15:57:34

Very manageable schedule. I'd say the floor is 8-4.

#10 Southern Miss » Wasn’t this the guy... » 2020-07-20 05:58:39

Bleacher Eagle
Replies: 2

..that Ellis Johnson’s staff didn’t think was good enough to offer:

https://www.nfl.com/news/chris-jones-ch … n-contract

I believe after that, he went from an unrated recruit to a 5-Star ranked as the no. 2 overall player in the country, to now a pro bowler with an $85 million dollar contract.

How could anyone be miss-evaluated so drastically? TTT

#11 Re: Southern Miss » Fall & Spring » 2020-04-19 20:07:00

TheChosenOne wrote:

Why not one more of many crazy ideas. 

Thoughts
P5 football in the Fall
G5 football in the spring

Financially would this benefit or be a complete disaster for G5

Pretty sure a lot of G5 programs can’t survive without playing money games @P5 schools. Where would we be financially without the Bama & State games from last season?

#12 Re: Southern Miss » 5 posters » 2020-01-30 16:03:25

EagleFWB wrote:

Is it just me, or is there only like 5-6 of us posting on here anymore? Other than not giving a shit anymore, where's everybody gone to?

There's just not much to talk about. Football is over. Basketball is terrible. Baseball hasn't started. Recruiting is meh.

#13 Southern Miss » Boise State appears to be exploring options to leave the MWC... » 2020-01-24 13:43:05

Bleacher Eagle
Replies: 13

With UCONN leaving the AAC, seems like the ACC would be pursuing to take Boise for football only.

Okay dreamers, this is where you start fantasying if the AAC decides to go to 14 football members.

#14 Re: Southern Miss » 6 bowl games record lowest attendance figures on record » 2020-01-12 20:53:22

I’m pretty sure ESPN owns most of the non-New Years 6 bowls.
I’m positive ESPN doesn’t give a rats ass about the attendance at those games. They exist so they can be televised. The schools participating in those games are on the hook for a minimum amount of tickets. Between that and sponsorships, the expenses of those bowls are covered. As long as they aren’t losing money, then it could be played in an empty stadium and it wouldn’t affect ESPN one bit.

#16 Re: Southern Miss » Moorhead fired at MStake » 2020-01-03 11:12:20

Imagine if I told you this 15 years ago:
Mississippi State hires a new coach. In 2 years, that coach leads them to back-to-back bowl games, beats Ole Miss twice, Southern Miss once and signs 2 consecutive Top 25 classes and is then fired.

The landscape of football expectations in Starkville has shifted dramatically. I wish our administrators would take notes.

#17 Re: Southern Miss » Southern Miss Signing Day » 2019-12-20 09:05:51

99beers wrote:

We signed one player in the 247 top 73 in ms    One

Not that it's a really big difference, but we signed two: Brandon Hayes & Dylan Spencer

https://247sports.com/Season/2020-Footb … l&State=MS

#18 Re: Southern Miss » Southern Miss Signing Day » 2019-12-18 13:35:43

Nugget's Ghostbuster wrote:

Southern Miss Signing Day

A very average CUSA program signing a very average CUSA level class.
Nothing more.
Nothing less.

#19 Re: Southern Miss » Stop me if you have heard this before...... » 2019-12-16 01:30:44

EagleFWB wrote:

It better be F'N pack house every game!

First day as a Southern Miss fan? Don’t worry, you’ll learn.

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