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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football program represents the University of Southern Mississippi in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The Eagles are members of Conference USA and play their home games at M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The team's current head coach is Todd Monken.
Southern Miss first fielded a football team in 1912, coached by Ronald Slay.
USM did not field a football team from 1917-1919 because of World War I.
Allison Hubert was the Golden Eagles head football coach for six seasons, posting a 26-24-5 record. His Golden Eagles teams were known to be fast and fierce. Hubert departed after the 1936 season to accept the head football coach position at VMI.
After Hubert came Reed Green, who coached USM for a total of nine years, from 1937-1942 and 1946 to 1948.
The Golden Eagles did not compete in football from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II.
During the coaching tenure of Thad Vann, the Golden Eagles became one of the nations most elite football programs. Vann compiled a 139-59-2 record, had only one losing season in his 20 seasons in Hattiesburg, his last. His 1953 and 1954 Golden Eagles teams upset Alabama and posted records of 9-2 and 6-4, respectively. Vann's 1958 and 1962 teams claim a national championship. Vann retired after the 1968 season and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1987.
Todd Monken was hired as the head football coach at USM from his post as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State to turn around the suddenly lowly Golden Eagles football program. Monken's Golden Eagles lost their first 11 games of the 2013 season but broke a 23-game losing streak in November 2013, a 62-27 victory over UAB, their first victory since the 2011 Hawaii Bowl, Fedora's final game.