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Troy fills scheduling void with Southern Miss

Troy football has schedule a home-and-home series with Conference USA team Southern Miss, the university announced Friday.

The agreement has Troy traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play Southern Miss in 2016 and will see the Trojans play host to the Golden Eagles in 2019. The schools met last in 2008 in the New Orleans Bowl.

The new scheduling announcement comes as a result of the UAB football program folding earlier this month.

The Trojans were scheduled to host UAB next season and travel to Birmingham in 2016.

With the announcement that UAB was ending their football program effective immediately on Dec. 2, the Trojans were left to find replacements on their 2015 and 2016 schedules.

“We wanted to act quickly to fill the void left by UAB on our 2015 and 2016 schedules and this is a series that simply makes sense for a lot of reasons,” Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell said. “We already play each other in almost every sport and geographically it is a great fit for both fan bases. With the UAB rivalry done, I hope this is the start of many more football games with Southern Miss.”

Before meeting in 2008, the Trojans and Golden Eagles played just once in the last 40 years. Troy is 1-7 all-time versus Southern Miss.

“I have to give John Hartwell a lot of credit for having a plan in place and locking down this series quickly after the news broke about UAB,” Troy head coach Neal Brown said.

Troy still has a vacancy in 2015 left by UAB, but the Trojans will likely fill that spot with an FCS team, Hartwell said.