New USM A.D. Expects Great Things

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Southern Mississippi's new athletic director Bill McGillis says the Golden Eagles can still win big in Conference USA and on the national level.

The 50-year-old McGillis took the Southern Miss job in July after six years as an associate athletic director at South Florida. The veteran administrator was also the AD at Evansville from 2002 to 2007.

McGillis has two major challenges in the coming years.

The first is helping resurrect a football program that fell to 0-12 last season, breaking a streak of 18 straight winning seasons. The second is helping the Golden Eagles navigate their way through the rapidly changing world of conference realignment.

Many of Southern Miss' rivals in Conference USA have left for bigger conferences over the past few years, including Tulane, Memphis and Houston.

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