Southern Miss is averaging over 28,000 this season.
The stadium was sold out for the game against Nebraska on a Thursday night on ESPN. The tickets for the Nebraska game were $40, considerably more than the normal ticket price of $25. If Southern Miss had SEC teams coming to an expanded MM Roberts, I'm almost certain they could fill it up.
Now, that would be great. You must understand I WANT to see this rivalry played. When I was a kid I used to go to a lot of games with my Dad, and yes, I do remember those last two games that State won. And while you may be partly right, the $$$$$ issue is the majority of the reason not the other way around. It is some of both maybe. Anyway, if we in the state could see an expanded MM Roberts and Ole Miss and State still refused to work in USM every few years (or every year - here's to hoping), then we can say they're "scared." Until recently, MSU had enjoyed a decade of success and Ole Miss has had something like 7 or 8 winning SEC playing teams in a row. I don't think they've been "scared" to play USM when they may well have each beaten USM 6-8 times in the last decade if they'd kept playing.
One of my best friends is a die hard Eagle fan (And I admit they're number 3 on my top 5 favorite list - after guess who? I am very loyal to the state) and I remember him declaring in 1992 that USM would be a national top 10 powerhouse year in and year out in five years. That would've been 1997. I'm still waiting. It seems to me that some USM fans have a Napoleon complex and can't understand that MSU/OM reluctance to play goes far beyond the field. As I said, it is a Mexican standoff. And you see with posts such as this what a great rivarly it would be if we could get it renewed.
My loyalities in this order:
#1 Miss. State (sigh)
#2 Ole Miss (can't wait for LSU)
#4 LSU (if they get by Ole Miss, I'll be their biggest fan...my loyalties mean I want Ole Miss to win the West, but if they don't, then I want to see LSU-OU in the sugar bowl)
#5 Memphis (until 10 years ago it was Alabama who is now#6, but I had a good friend from Memphis and I caught his enthusiasm)
I was listening to a radio show last night and the guys were debating who the Sugar Bowl would want...who would bring more fans....Ohio State or USC............any Tiger Fan knows who'll bring the most fans to the Sugar Bowl to play Oklahoma...they'll be hanging from the rafters.
My 2003 "GREAT SATAN" list (this changes from year to year) of teams I want to see lose no matter who they play and in this order:
#1 Miami, Fla. (Who else could have support 4 miles wide and an inch deep? They have the permanent #1 spot)
#2 BYU (this position is also permanent)
#3 Auburn (Mississippians don't like Tubberville, and I'm being generous with my words)
#4 Texas A&M (the coach - Bama was my #6 favorite remember)
#5 Nebraska (no particular reason - it's just nice to see someone else win for a change)
#3-#5 can change from year to year as my "wrath" against them subsides
DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE A PERSONAL "GREAT SATAN" LIST?