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Katrina Forces Southern Miss to call Memphis Home

Conference USA wants to be one big happy family.

So, even though Memphis and Southern Miss are big rivals in athletics...

In Life, it's a different story.

That's why the Golden Eagles are ready to call Memphis home for the next week or so..

The University of Southern Mississippi Football Team arrived here in the Bluff City about 4-0'clock this afternoon looking like a hungry, tired, and haggard group of players...and that's exactly what they are.

Defensive Back Howard Overby of Mendenhall says the campus in Hattiesburg is devastated, and he can't imagine what it must be like on the Gulf Coast.

Linebacker Akeem Lockart of Ripley says he thought the storm would be much like Hurricane Ivan last year, which dumped a lot of rain, but not much else.

Instead, Lockart says he knew Katrina was trouble when he looked out his dorm window and saw a car being crushed outside.

Punter Luke Johnson of Laurel says the Golden Eagles practice fields are covered with broken trees...there's no water...no electricity...

He said he really wanted to thank the University of Memphis for taking in the team and giving them a place to stay and practice.

With his players situation now secure..now it's up to USM Coach Jeff Bower to get them ready to play... Again.

Bower says finally they'll eat their first good meal and take their first shower, just like him, in about 5-days..

He says that'll help in getting them adjusted back to the task at hand.

The Golden Eagles will practice at the University of Memphis beginning Thursday morning at 10am.

They'll stay here till next Thursday or Friday whenthey leave to play at Alabama.

Their first game against Tulane was postponed because of Hurricane Katrina.

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