Southern Miss Follows the Money

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Last month, we took a look at the University of Southern Mississippi football program and its athletic director, Jeff Hammond, who a year ago inherited a coach he never wanted and a multi-million-dollar athletic department deficit he had to fix. Last month, he addressed the former by firing coach Ellis Johnson after an 0-12 season, even with $2.1 million remaining on his contract, and he had an eye on the latter when he moved USM's 2013 game against Nebraska from Hattiesburg, Miss., to Lincoln, Neb., for a payout of ... $2.1 million.


"In the end, the Nebraska option in Lincoln provided us the greatest financial opportunity to help us set future conditions for this program," Hammond said. "This is not something that I wanted to do. No one wanted to do...

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