Southern Mississippi broke the nation's longest losing streak and now each departing senior has a suit, courtesy of coach Todd Monken.
Monken, Southern Miss's first-year coach, bought the players suits for any job interviews that they may have in the future. Yes, sometimes there is more to life than football. That picture was posted by Bret Becton, a professor at Southern Miss.
It's an incredibly cool gesture, and before you ask, no, it's not a violation of NCAA rules. Per the NCAA gift rule, seniors can receive up to $425 in gifts. We mentioned that rule earlier this season when Maryland players were initially thinking they had to wait to receive the game balls that they were awarded so the balls didn't count against the gift rule.
Maryland's players were able to receive the game balls immediately after the NCAA notified the school that a provision from 1996 had been removed.
After winning the Hawaii Bowl in 2011, Southern Miss went winless in 2012 under Ellis Johnson, who took the job after Larry Fedora went to North Carolina. Monken was hired before 2013 and after losing its first 11 games this year, Southern Miss won its final game against UAB 62-27 to snap the 23 game skid.
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