Southern Miss opens 2010 with South Carolina

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Southern Miss announced this week that it will open the 2010 season at South Carolina.

The game is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 2 and will be nationally televised on ESPN.

“This is a huge opportunity to be the first nationally televised game of the year that signals the start of the 2010 season,” Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini said in a statement released by the school. “This game generates a tremendous amount of attention and it gives us a chance to showcase our football program to the nation.”

The game will be the first meeting between Southern Miss and South Carolina. The Golden Eagles were originally scheduled to play Southeastern Louisiana that weekend, but both schools are looking for a mutual date to move the game later in the season or another year.

Southern Miss also moved its scheduled 2010 game with LSU to 2011 to accommodate the South Carolina game.

Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora was asked about the game following Wednesday’s practice and said he’s excited, but preoccupied with this week’s game against Virginia.

“That game is a long way away and not something I have to worry about right now,” Fedora said. “But I think it is a great thing for our team and university. I am excited about it and I think the exposure will be a great thing for us when it happens.”