When it comes time for The University of Southern Mississippi Golden
Eagles to hit the field or take to the court, you won't catch Susan
King checking the weather forecast before heading out to watch her
favorite team in action.
Just ask her
friends and family who have joined her at games and have witnessed
her donning a poncho and braving torrential rains and mud puddles
- or anything else Mother Nature might put in her way on game day.
fair weather fan," King proudly proclaims.
King, who has
worked as an administrative assistant in the Southern Miss Department
of Psychology the last 15 years, doesn't just save up her enthusiasm
for Golden Eagles football. Every sport at Southern Miss receives
her enthusiastic support.
To prove it,
King and others get together during tailgate time prior to at least
one home football game each year and treat members of each of the
Southern Miss women's sports teams to refreshments and a pregame
that once the fans see them during tailgating that they'll come
to their games and see how hard they work. "And being a woman,
I want to see them get the recognition they deserve," she said.
women's basketball coach, Rick Reeves, says he's been impressed
with King's support of women's athletics at Southern Miss.
never known a more dedicated fan of all sports (at a university)
at any time in my career as a coach (than King)," Reeves said.
King, a native
of Hattiesburg, first became exposed to Southern Miss athletics
when her father, Carl Langenbach Jr., helped with parking at sporting
events at the university while he was a member of the Hattiesburg
Jaycees, an area civic club. After coming to work at Southern Miss
and earning her degree, she became an ardent supporter of the university's
athletic programs, joining the Eagle Club, buying season tickets
for various sports, and wearing the school's colors - black and
gold - to work on Fridays before Saturday games.
other staff and faculty to wear black and gold," she said.
On game day,
King lets the Golden Eagles - and anyone within earshot - know she's
behind the team, win or lose.
just sit down on my hands," she said. "If we just sit
and they (team) can't hear us, they don't know if we're there."