Southern Miss ready for first game under Interim Coach Scotty Walden

Southern Miss

Despite Louisiana Tech’s COVID outbreak following Hurricane Laura, the Bulldogs are ready to roll for Saturday’s game at Southern Miss and so are the Golden Eagles under Interim Head Coach Scotty Walden.

Ready or not, Coach Walden’s debut as the youngest division I FBS coach is less than 72 hours away, more than two weeks after USM’s deflating 32-21 loss to South Alabama on the opening night of the college football schedule.

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Tackling, running the football, and red zone efficiency were some key issues for the Black and Gold, but truth be told, the solution really isn’t all that complicated. “We’re going to play aggressive, and if we feel something we’re going to rock and roll. And this whole thing, I told them yesterday, this game is about points. At the end of the day – and there’s a lot of factors that lead into that – but football – at the end of the day – who’s got more points than the other team? And that’s it. We better be on a chase and a quest to go achieve as many points as possible every drive, and I was talking defensively, too. And then if your offense can come through, obviously you’re going to put up a lot of points on that board. But that’s what we’re chasing every time we’re on the field. We’re chasing points. We could care less about yards. It’s all about points.”

Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech will kick things off from Hattiesburg at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

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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


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