The resumption of a rivalry

[Quick note: I've blogged about the USM-Bama rivalry on RBR in the past, and after posting my thoughts the other day on Fancred, I was encouraged to share them here.]

That photo? That's Bear Bryant leaving the field after his last home game in Tuscaloosa. He lost. He lost to Southern Miss.

If today's rumors are true, Southern Miss will play Alabama in Tuscaloosa during the 2015 football season. The two are already slated to meet in 2014.

As a Southern Miss fan there are 5 reasons I welcome this news with a joyful heart...

1. Southern Miss ruins beautiful things. TCU's BCS dreams in 2003? Ruined on ESPN. Houston's BCS/Heisman-ish dreams in 2011? Ruined on ABC. Nebraska's first non-conference home loss in 13 seasons? We did it on ABC in 2003. #13 Alabama at home on ESPN in 2000? A 21-0 shutout with all 3 Southern Miss TDs happening in the first quarter. (I pray to God that the 2014 and 2015 games are on every ESPN-affiliated channel on primetime.) We like to ruin beautiful things, including our own things (see: Southern Miss's 2011 season vs. Southern Miss's 2012 season).

2. Southern Miss and Alabama were once rivals. From 1980 to 2005, Southern Miss and Alabama met all but 3 times during the regular season. Yes, Alabama dominated the Win/Loss column, but rarely was it a blowout and never was it taken lightly by the Crimson Tide faithful. Outside of 7 SEC schools and Georgia Tech, Alabama has played Southern Miss in more games (42) than any other program in its history.

3. Southern Miss gets exposure to those 2 and 3-star Alabama high school athletes that won't find homes at Auburn or Alabama. These "diamonds in the rough" are the cornerstone of Southern Miss recruiting... Derrick Nix, Adalius Thomas, and Michael Boley just to name a few.

4. Southern Miss gets paid. $1.4M ain't bad for a 3-hour drive up I-20, and the visiting section will be filled to capacity with gold. It will be rowdy.

5. Ellis Johnson is no longer coaching at Southern Miss.

FanPosts are just that; posts created by the fans. They are in no way indicative of the opinions of SBN and the authors of Roll Bama Roll.

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