“We’re scheduled to play Nebraska in Hattiesburg in 2013,” Hammond said. “We’re exploring our options to see where we can make the most in terms of revenue relative to expenditures. It’s good business. We’re not going to sit back. It’s good business and we’re going to create some options.”
Hammond said the matter of playing Nebraska in New Orleans isn’t settled, but it’s an attractive option for USM because of the nice financial windfall. It also gives USM fans less than a two-hour trip to watch the team play in New Orleans.
Read the rest here.When Hammond asked the crowd to raise their hands if they would be willing to give up their sixth home game to play Nebraska in New Orleans, plenty raised their arms. When he asked if anyone was opposed to it, nobody raised their hand.
This is a great idea for the Southern Miss program. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg is a glorified high school venue that seats around 36,000. By comparison, Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile seats around 42,000 depending on configuration and the latter hosts both the GoDaddy.com Bowl and Senior Bowl.
The Super Dome can seat 76,000 and Nebraska fans travel as well as any in the country.
Southern Miss built the program using "pay day" games against SEC competition. Regular matchups like the Nebraska series can only help the program's efforts to upgrade their facilities and compete at the same level as the programs that have paid for their advancement.
Don't be surprised to see Southern Miss continue to grow and challenge to become THE premier program in that state.