HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- It's a nightmare that refuses to end for Southern Mississippi.
The once-proud football program has now lost 17 straight games -- a dubious streak that's currently the longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision and spanned more than 650 days and two head coaches.
The low point might have been the most recent loss on Oct. 5, when the Golden Eagles lost 24-23 to a Florida International team that was also looking for its first win. Southern Miss (0-5, 0-1 Conference USA) had a potential game-winning field goal blocked as time expired.
That deflating loss was followed by an off week, and now the Golden Eagles are preparing to face East Carolina (4-2, 2-1) on Saturday in Greenville, N.C.
First-year coach Todd Monken says there are no quick fixes.