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Released September 14, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- The Army ROTC battalion at The University of Southern Mississippi will run the Southern Miss vs. Tulane game ball to the Mississippi-Louisiana state line on Sept. 24 to support the Golden Eagles and to start a new tradition in the Battle of the Bell rivalry between the Southern Miss and Tulane Army ROTC battalions.

The Battle of the Bell has been a long-standing tradition between both schools. The bell currently resides at Southern Miss and will make its way south for the Sept. 25 match.

Led by cadet company Cmdr. Bobby Freeman and the Cadet Ranger Team, the Southern Miss "Golden Eagle" Battalion will begin the 52-mile run at 6 a.m. Sept. 24 at Loyalty Field, on the east side of M.M. Roberts Stadium. The route will proceed west along Hwy. 98 to the junction at Hwy. 35, near Foxworth. It will then proceed south to the state line near Sandy Hook. At the state line, both Southern Miss and Tulane Army ROTC battalions, accompanied by pep squads and school officials, will conduct a brief ceremony to pass the ball between 5-6 p.m. At this point, Tulane will carry the game ball to campus for the game on Sept. 25.

For additional information, please contact Maj. Greg Hargett at (601) 266-4460 or or Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty at (601) 266-4456 or


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October 26, 2004 3:53 PM