Southern Miss Golden Eagles Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Jay Ladner

Team Mascot: Seymour d'Campus

Year Opened: 1965

Capacity: 8095

City / State: Hattiesburg / Mississippi

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Rival Team: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

The Golden Eagles and Bulldogs have an intense rivalry on the gridiron, and the hatred between the two is strong on the hardwood as well. You’ll always be in for a good matchup when Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech square off, so don’t miss it when the Bulldogs come to town.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs UAB Blazers

Rival Team: UAB Blazers

The Southern Miss-UAB rivalry is one of the biggest rivalries in Conference USA, so don’t miss it when these two meet. The two schools have been members of Conference USA since its founding, and you’ll be in for a treat when attending a Southern Miss-UAB game.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Mississippi State Bulldogs

Rival Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs

Southern Miss and Mississippi State recently agreed to a four-year series between the two. The series will take place at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson and is a can’t miss for basketball fans throughout the state of Mississippi. Get your tickets to the annual contest between the Golden Eagles and Bulldogs.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles Stadium Guide

In Game

Southern Miss fans show incredible support for their team when they’re doing well and even when they aren’t you’ll still find a friendly crowd inside Reed Green Coliseum. Golden Eagles fans are very welcoming and love to talk hoops with fellow Southern Miss and visiting fans alike.

In addition to some southern hospitality, you’ll also experience a robust game day at a Southern Miss basketball game. Hattiesburg is home to pretty much everything you’d expect out of a college hoops game including an excellent pep band, cheerleading team, and dance team. Southern Miss also has a few signature cheers including the Southern Miss Shout Out and Southern Miss Response Cheer, which are fun to take part in.

Finally, before or after the game make sure to stop by some of the local hotspots. Keg and Barrel is the best place in town to grab a beer and is home to over 100 beers on tap. If drinking isn’t your thing, then head over to Leatha’s BBQ Inn or Ed’s to grab some great grub.

A trip to Southern Miss is a fun experience for anyone looking to take a tour of Conference USA as you’ll find lots of southern hospitality and some great food when traveling to Hattiesburg.

Things to check out

Trophy Case

Stop by the trophy case to see the Golden Eagles incredible past on display. The trophy case is home to a variety of different trophies including conference championship trophies and even the team’s 1987 NIT trophy, so make sure to check it out.


Hanging above the court at Reed Green Coliseum are banners honoring the best players and teams in Golden and Lady Eagles basketball history. Take a minute before the game to remember all of your favorite Southern Miss players and memories.

Seymour d’Campus

The Southern Miss mascot has been a golden eagle since 1972. However, Seymour did not get his name until 1984. The name is inspired by the 1984 World’s Fair mascot Seymore D. Fair and is a pun sounding like “see more of the campus.” During games you can see Seymour entertaining the fans on the sideline and pumping up the crowd at critical times, so keep your eyes peeled for him.

Standing For the First Basket

At Golden Eagles, games everyone remains standing until Southern Miss scores their first basket. Stand up and show your support for the Golden Eagles when attending a Southern Miss basketball game.

Free Throws

Cheer on the Golden Eagles as they shoot free throws by raising your hands above your head and dropping them and yelling, “whoosh” when the shot is made. Join in on the free throw cheer to help aid the Golden Eagles to victory.

Pep Band

The pep band is a big part of any Southern Miss basketball game. They create an incredible atmosphere throughout the game and initiate the Southern Miss Shout Out, so make sure to enjoy the band when attending a Golden Eagles hoops game.

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Southern Misses

The Southern Misses dance team entertains the crowd throughout the game with their incredible dance routines. They put on a great halftime show, so don’t miss them during your trip to Hattiesburg.

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The Southern Miss cheerleaders do a great job of rousing the crowd at Southern Miss basketball games. They lead the crowd in a variety of cheers, so keep an eye out for them and join in on the cheers.

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Fight Songs

  1. Southern Mississippi to the Top

    Fight Song

    Southern Mississippi to the top! To the top!

    So lift your voices high,
    Show them the reason why,
    that Southern spirit never will stop.


    Southern Mississippi all the way,
    Banners high,

    And we will fight! Fight! Fight! To victory
    Hear our battle cry!


  2. Alma Mater

    We sing to thee our alma mater,
    U S M thy praises be:
    Southern mem’ries we shall cherish,
    Loyalty we pledge to thee.
    Spacious skies and land of sunshine,
    Verdant trees and shelt’ring walls,
    Now our hearts lift ever to thee,
    As we praise thy hallowed halls.


  3. Southern Miss Shout Out

    You’ll hear the Southern Miss Shout Out several times throughout a Golden Eagles game. The chant goes “S-O-U-Thern - Southern Mississippi - USM!” Join in on the chant to show off your Southern Miss pride.

    S-OU-THERN – Southern Mississippi – USM!

    S-OU-THERN – Southern Mississippi – USM!

    S-OU-THERN – Southern Mississippi – USM!

  4. Southern Miss Response Cheer

    Join in the Southern Miss response cheer when attending a Golden Eagles game. The cheer begins with the initiator chanting, “Southern Miss” with a finger raised and is completed with the responders chanting, “To the top” back while raising their finger.

    Southern Miss!

    To the top!

    Southern Miss!

    To the top!

    Southern Miss!

    To the top!

  5. Go Gold!

    Go Gold!

    Go Gold!

    Go Gold!

Southern Miss Golden Eagles Bars & Restaurants

  1. Thirsty Hippo

    Thirsty Hippo

    In 2006, this place was named the state’s Best Live Music Venue by Mississippi Magazine.

    309 Mcleod St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Mahogany Bar

    Mahogany Bar beer

    We are all about beer, whiskey, and vinyl with 145 beers in house (all nine Mississippi breweries on tap), a huge whiskey selection, and a killer food menu

    3810 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Mugshots Bar & Grill

    Mugshots Bar and Grill fries burger

    Home of the best burger period!

    204 N 40th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Keg and Barrel

    Keg and Barrel

    Keg and Barrel is Mississippi’s premier beer emporium offering over 120 different kinds of beer. With this many beers, there is sure to be one to match everyone’s taste.

    1315 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Stricks Original BBQ & Catering

    Stricks Original BBQ and Catering

    Family owned and operated since 1980! From home cooked barbecue and fixings to hot boiled crawfish, Strick's BBQ is your one stop shop for dining, take out, and catering.

    3802 W 4th St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA

    601-264-2502 / 601-264-2562

    Bar website

    bbq - $

  6. Ed’s Burger Joint

    burger fries

    Ed’s Burger Joint celebrates the long tradition of folks making honest, quality food for folks in their community. Fresh beef. Fresh buns. Nuthin’ fancy.

    3800 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Izzo’s Illegal Burrito

    Izzos Illegal Burrito

    Everything we do at Izzo’s Illegal Burrito is focused on one simple goal: Rolling You a Better Burrito

    3319 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  8. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

    Raising Canes Chicken Fingers

    Raising Cane’s focuses on only one thing – chicken fingers – we are able to do it better than anyone else. It’s what we call ONE LOVE.

    3703 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Glory Bound Gyro – Hattiesburg

    Glory Bound Gyro Hattiesburg

    Home of the famous Pepperjack Gyro!

    6174 US 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll Grill

    Tophers Rock N Roll Grill

    Topher’s provides a unique and fun dining experience. We specialize in chargrilled burgers on sour dough buns, unique sandwiches, salads, apps, and more!

    3320 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  11. Bop’s Frozen Custard

    Bops Frozen Custard

    Bop's offers high-quality frozen custard and an excellent variety of premium frozen custard delights, including cones, shakes, and sundaes.

    104 S 30th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  12. T-Bone’s Records & Cafe

    T Bones Records and Cafe

    All kinds of Music, Great Coffee, Delicious Food and Good folks is what we got.

    2101 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  13. Patio 44

    Patio Forty Four

    Come enjoy delicious food paired with a premium cocktail in a comfortable, fun atmosphere.

    3822 W 4th St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. The Front Porch Barbecue & Seafood

    The Front Porch

    Excellently-made BBQ served with love!

    205 Thornhill Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  15. Crescent City Grill

    Crescent City Grill

    The Crescent City Grill has a longstanding tradition of quality, in which every offering is made from scratch every morning.

    3810 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. Gold Post Sandwich House

    Gold Post Sandwich House

    Gold Post is locally owned and operated by the Lowry family and has been since 1971. We still use the same recipes we did when the doors opened.

    2210 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Petra Café

    Petra Cafe

    Traditional hospitality and delicious, authentic abundance of flavors Middle Eastern food is known for.

    6060 US 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA


    Bar website

    american - european - $$

  18. Tabella


    Tabella is locally owned and operated and has been serving the community delicious, homemade italian fare since march 2011.

    23A, 3720 Hardy St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, USA


    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $$