Eustachy to Take Leave of Absence

Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy is taking an indefinite leave of absence to be with his ailing mother.

It is unclear how long Eustachy will be out. He could be back by Saturday's game with Tulane or miss more significant time.

Associate head coach Steve Barnes will lead the Golden Eagles (8-7) in Eustachy's absence.

Eustachy made the announcement following Tuesday night's 52-41 loss to Central Florida, the Conference USA opener for both teams. The coach's mother, Helen Eustachy, has cancer and he flew to California today to be with her.

Southern Miss Athletic Director Richard Giannini says Eustachy should stay with his mother as long as necessary.

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