The Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi University have been losing games with alarming frequency over the past few years. The team, a member of the East Division of Conference USA, is led by third year Head Coach Todd Monken.
In 2014, Coach Monken’s second year at the school, the Eagles stumbled to a Won-Loss record of 3-9. The team’s record against Conference foes was a very feeble 1-7. Those numbers represented an improvement over what happened in 2013, Coach Monken’s first year in charge of the football program. In 2013, the Eagles won just one game while losing eleven. As happened in 2014, the squad managed one Conference win against seven losses.
As the 2015 Season approached, the team and its coach seemed hopeful that some improvement was possible. And, after four games have been played, they may prove to be right.
The Eagles started the new football year at home on September 5th. Mississippi State University was the opponent and the winner. The final score was 34-16. The Eagles remained at home for Week Two and hosted Austin Peay University on September 12th. In that game, the home team won by a score of 52-6.
Week Three had the University of Southern Mississippi football team playing its first road game on September 19th at Texas State University. The visitors edged the home team in a high-scoring shootout, winning the game by a score of 56-50. The Eagles stayed on the road yesterday, September 26th when they played the Nebraska Cornhuskers and lost a close game by the score of 36-28.
After four games, the University of Southern Mississippi has already won twice. The football team won only three game in 2014. So, it seems that progress is being made..
Of course, there are still lots of home games remaining on the schedule. The Eagles will host North Texas State University on October 3rd, the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) on October 17th, the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) on October 31st and Old Dominion University on November 21st.
The team’s remaining road games will challenge its progress this year. The University of Southern Mississippi will play the Thundering Herd of Marshall University on October 9th, Charlotte University on October 24th, the Rice Owls on November 14th and Louisiana Tech University on November 28th,.
While it is true that the Eagles are looking to increase their win total, improved play that still results in losses will at least give this squad hope that better days lie ahead. It takes time to overcome and reverse a losing habit, but based on early game results this season, it appears that Coach Monken and his players are making real progress. Change is in the air.
Courtesy of TheMississippiLink.com