Keeping Score

Bjork: Ole Miss-USM football series 'not in our immediate range plans'

Southern Miss and Mississippi State will play football for the second consecutive year this season, but Golden Eagle fans are waiting for their first shot at Ole Miss since 1984.

It appears that wait will continue for quite some time.

Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said Wednesday in Pascagoula that he and his counterpart at USM, Bill McGillis, have discussed the possibility of competing in football and basketball in the future.

According to Bjork, the revival of the USM-Ole Miss basketball series is more likely to happen than football.

“We've had some conversations around basketball,” Bjork said. “Some things aren't quite working out yet on that front. Football, not in our immediate range plans. We're pretty much scheduled out with our home-and-home, Power 5 games and neutral site games. We don't have a lot of flexibility to go on the road so we're pretty much locked in for the foreseeable future.”

Ole Miss leads the all-time football series with USM, 18-6, but the Golden Eagles won the last two games the teams played, 1983 and 1984.

Ole Miss and USM last played basketball in 2011 with the Golden Eagles winning in Hattiesburg, 86-82.