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In-State Games to Become the Norm for Southern Miss Football?

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Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis plans on making in-state contests a regularity for the football program.

On Thursday the first year AD spoke to the Jackson Eagle Club about scheduling schools such as Alcorn State and Jackson State on a more consistent basis.

To find the last time Southern Miss played an in-state university, you would have to go all the way back to the 2009 campaign when the team opened the year against Alcorn State at home.

Fast forward five years, and you will find that Mississippi State and Alcorn State are USM's first two opponents on the schedule for 2014.

"I think it's important to keep great football games within the state of Mississippi, so whether it's us and Alcorn [State], us and Mississippi State, us and Jackson State, us and Ole Miss, we want to play all of the Division I programs in the state," says McGillis. "I really like the idea of scheduling Alcorn [State], Jackson State, others on a consistent basis because there's a lot of football fans in Mississippi in the state that care about those games."

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