FAIL: USM Steps Outside the Box and into Margaritaville...

As a Southern Miss Alum (undergrad) I often receive correspondence from the Alumni Association regarding whatever their latest ploy is to build interest in their under-appreciated (in my opinion) athletic program.  I had a class under one of their Sports Marketing Guru's, so it comes as no surprise when an idea this bad comes out of the Hub City.

Here is what the email I received earlier today was about (thought it was worth sharing with the cup):


Southern Miss to Host 'Parrothead Night at The Pete'

To find out how YOU can win an autographed Jimmy Buffett-inspired jersey, click here.

On Friday, April 15, the Southern Miss Alumni Association, in conjunction with the University’s Athletic Department, will present “Parrothead Night at ‘The Pete.’” That evening, the Golden Eagles will take the field at Pete Taylor Park in Jimmy Buffett-inspired jerseys in honor of one of the University’s most famous alumni. The game will be the first of a three-game series against the University of New Orleans with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

Among the game’s Buffett-related highlights will be Caribbean-themed jerseys, which the Golden Eagle players and coaches will wear during the game. The world-renowned entertainer and 1969 Southern Miss graduate has agreed to sign some of the jerseys, which the Alumni Association will subsequently auction online at

Additional food and activities provided by Eagle Dining:

  • Grilled shrimp skewers with tropical slaw concessions
  • Margarita and pina coloda flavored non-alcoholic snow cone concessions
  • Heinz 57 sauce at Backyard Burgers
  • All concessions staff will be wearing tropical shirts
  • All concession stand will be decorated in tropical theme

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the baseball support organization, the Dugout Club, and a scholarship fund in the name of Buffett’s mother, Peets. In each of the past two years, the Alumni Association has awarded multiple $5,000 Mary Loraine Peets Buffett Scholarships. Peets Buffett, a 1940 graduate of the Gulf Park College for Women, now the Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus, died in 2003.

“The Alumni Association is excited about the opportunity to partner with the Athletic Department to make this event a reality,” said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Association. “Parrothead Night at ‘The Pete’ will be a great opportunity to honor one of our most distinguished graduates and generate much-needed funding in support of two worthwhile programs here at Southern Miss. We are grateful to Jimmy for his support of this effort.”

Golden Eagle baseball coach Scott Berry says his team is eagerly anticipating the special night.

“It should prove to be a fun-filled night of baseball,” Berry said. “We feel the commemorative jersey will honor Jimmy Buffett as a prominent Southern Miss alumnus.”

For ticket information, visit or call 1.800.844.TICK.

For more information on the jersey auction, click here.

For more information on Lloyd "Hurricane" Munn and the Forecasters performing following the game, click here.

Parrothead Night at The Pete Tailgating Contest


Jimmy Buffett concerts offer a unique tailgating experience. Tailgating in the Roost is also a one of a kind event. In an effort to combine the two, the Alumni Association is sponsoring a Roost Tailgate Contest, Friday, April 15.

From Cheeseburgers in Paradise to Pencil Thin Mustaches, any and all Buffett themed ideas are encouraged!

Entrants will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Themed Menu
  • Costumes
  • Overall Decorations
Judging will take place at the end of the third inning and will be announced during the seventh-inning stretch. Winners will receive a tailgating package from Raising Cane's.

For questions, contact


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