SEC decision has impact on Southern Miss

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That move by the SEC now eliminates marquee non-conference games like LSU- Texas, Oklahoma-Tennessee, and Auburn-North Carolina.

Speaking of Auburn, another impact much closer to home with Southern Miss now in search of a new opponent on September 26th.

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The Golden Eagles were scheduled to play Auburn for the second time in three years, but now find themselves with two straight open dates.

USM was supposed to host Jackson State on the 19th, but that game was also canceled once the SWAC moved its season to the spring.

Here is a statement from USM Athletic Director Jeremy McClain “I am disappointed for our student athletes and our fans that this game will not happen, but we will make every effort to find a quality opponent to add to our schedule. Although the situation is fluid, we look forward to continuing to prepare for our season and will be communicating health and safety protocols for the Rock to our fan base over the next few weeks.”

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.