Southern Hall facing Hardy Street
Ogletree House (built within the last 4 years)
Elam Arms (closed since 2009) and Hardy Street
I started off with these photos to not belittle the point of this post. Recently, a very powerful tornado formed and literally waltzed down Hardy Street, the busiest street in Hattiesburg, MS and home to my wonderful alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. Devastating damage has been done to the campus beyond what these pictures have shown. The Fine Arts building as well as the Jazz Station and Music buildings took considerable damage (or just destroyed outright) and in all likelihood will be torn down now. Now personally I was not a student at Southern Miss in 2005 when Katrina hit the campus but this is very comparable to that time and the university will need all the help it can get for the forseeable future. Southern Miss is where I truly became who I am and met some of the most amazing people in the world and for that I will forever be grateful and will bleed black and gold until the day I die.
Serious post aside, let’s talk shop now. As you all should be well aware of, I kind of enjoy football. “Kind of” being an extreme understatement but I admit to it. I cheer for only one college football team, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, none of this SEC Conference Pride stuff that my fellow Southerners will not admit to that they do it. Backwards as all get out to me. But that’s besides the point. The point that I am making in this post is that Southern Miss suffered the absolute worst college football season probably in the history of football. 0-12. And we owe it all to these people right here:
Of course I blame the now former head coach Ellis Johnson more so than our “highly touted freshman quarterback” Anthony Alford for basically killing our football program in the short span of 6 months and forcing us to pay him to get the hell out of Hattiesburg but Alford can get some of my wrath as well. But as I was thinking about the year that Southern Miss has had and the recent disaster I couldn’t help but undergo a bit of deja vu from a similar scenario that occurred back in 2005. Just follow me on this journey.
Deja Vu #1
Very bad natural disaster wrecks stuff
Deja Vu #2
Appropriate football team has absolute terrible season and fires head coach
Deja Vu 3
New Coach is hired and changes are made and immediate success is seen on the field
So Hattiesburg, we will rebuild. Everywhere. Everything. And we will come back stronger than ever. And I don’t know about you but I’m going all in on THE MONKEN:
Until next time,
Future Successful One Out