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:
DestinDirect.com (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.”
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is
a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling
its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering
individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition
of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating
a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural
enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern
Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus
and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast;
further information is found at www.usm.edu.
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