USM Interim Head Coach Scotty Walden tests positive for COVID-19


The Southern Miss football season has been anything but ideal, starting with a coaching change one week into the season and now the interim head coach testing positive for COVID-19.

USM athletics has announced Scotty Walden is self-isolating after receiving a positive result this morning.

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Per the release, Walden is fine and is experiencing mild to no symptoms.

This is just the latest development in what’s already been a taxing two weeks for the Golden Eagles who had to postpone last week’s game at UTEP due to a surge in positive tests.

USM is still on track to play at Liberty on Saturday which would mark USM’s first game in three weeks, having also lost its game against Florida-Atlantic the week before.

Walden’s status remains unclear for this week’s game.

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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