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20th Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Flag Football Invitational Deemed a Success

Date    12/08/05
Contact Tyler Williams (601) 266-5408


HATTIESBURG – Forty-nine teams from 18 different universities across the Southeast participated in the 20th Annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Flag Football Invitational on Dec. 2. Held on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, the tournament was broken down into four divisions-- men’s open, men’s collegiate, women’s collegiate and co-rec collegiate. Winners from each division received bids to the national tournament to be held at the University of West Florida. The winners from each division were as follows:

Men’s Open: 1st Place: Hitmen (New Orleans, La.), 2nd Place: (Pensacola, Fla.)

Men’s Collegiate: 1st Place: All Blacks (University of Louisiana, Lafayette), 2nd Place: Mugshots (University of Southern Mississippi)

Women’s Collegiate: 1st Place: Xperience (Stephen F. Austin), 2nd Place: Redemption (Southern University)

Co-Rec Collegiate: 1st Place: Fury (Georgia State), 2nd Place: Real Deal (West Alabama)

There was also a team of officials selected to officiate at the national tournament. Those officials were Brett Horne (West Alabama), Chris Rivers (Mississippi State), Stephen Orkus (Louisiana State) and Jeremy Harey (Texas A&M, Commerce).

The tournament staff was made up of volunteers from 10 institutions from across the country, including the recreational sports staff from Southern Miss.

“Without a doubt, this tournament featured as high a level of competition and sportsmanship as any in recent years,” said tournament director Chris McGee.

With the help of a tremendous staff, the invitational was able to overcome problems posed by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. “I can’t say enough how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to have worked with such a wonderful staff,” said director of tournament operations Lindsey Inman. “They most definitely deserve the highest praise for coming from all over the nation to help run this tournament.”

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