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Loss to Marshall Prompts Calls for Southern Miss' Fedora to Call It Quits

Athough Southern Miss Coach Larry Fedora made has made great strides for the Golden Eagles, he faces criticism for the team's poor start to the 2011 season.
Athough Southern Miss Coach Larry Fedora made has made great strides for the Golden Eagles, he faces criticism for the team's poor start to the 2011 season.Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Patrick FerliseCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2011

After a humiliating 26-20 loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday, the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles were nothing but dethroned from analysts' predictions that they would be future 2011 Conference USA champions.

Not only were the experts disheartened and the team shaken and frustrated, but so was the student body and thousands of fans.

And they were pointing to none other than Head Coach Larry Fedora to blame for the mess.

For most of the drives, Southern Miss kept the ball rolling and kept Marshall from scoring. In the fourth quarter and crunch time with a tight score, the Golden Eagle defense crumbled.

But to fans and those who have followed the team through out the years, this is just another fight that could have been easily won.

From Facebook posts to hearsay, many are calling for Fedora to be fired. This could be due to the fact that Southern Miss was favored to beat C-USA Champions as well as possibly progress to a relatively large bowl game. 

Southern Miss has had many struggles over the past few years being that they haven't been significantly ranked in the top 25 on any recent polling source.

Fedora received the coaching position to lead the Golden Eagles in 2008 and went on to establish one of the best winning records they have ever achieved in school history.

Yet as of late, the football program is not producing top-caliber players like it was so many years ago.

And with the Eagles' rough win against Louisiana Tech by a score of 19-17, fans are unsure if Southern Miss will prosper on the scale that was expected of them during preseason.

Fedora also explained in his weekly press conference that USM had multiple chances to shut out Marshall and it was "their game to win, but unfortunately it didn't end that way."

If anything, this fueled an already mounting resentment of the so called "unique" coaching style that was brought to the team.

Depending on how the coach finishes out this season will most likely decide the outcome of his future career as head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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