JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Southern Mississippi's embarrassing losing streak that stretched more than 700 days, two head coaches and 23 excruciating games is finally history.
Now comes the hard part: Continuing to improve and regaining relevance in Conference USA.
The Golden Eagles (1-11 overall, 1-7 CUSA) should carry some momentum into the offseason after Saturday's 62-27 victory over Alabama-Birmingham. It was the program's first win since beating Nevada in the 2011 Hawaii Bowl.
Southern Miss first-year coach Todd Monken's first full offseason with the Golden Eagles is undeniably an important one.
He's encouraged by some of the young players on the roster, but knows the talent level must improve through recruiting. He said the next few months will be spent examining the program from top to bottom.