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Bowl at Trop lands C-USA's Southern Miss

Southern Mississippi accepted a bid on Tuesday to represent Conference USA in the Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg.

The Golden Eagles (8-4, 5-3) will face a still-to-be determined Big East foe at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at Tropicana Field. Southern Miss is making a bowl appearance for the ninth consecutive year.

"Fans are going to see a tradition-rich Southern Miss program that can stack up the yards and light up the scoreboard," bowl executive director Brett Dulaney said in a news release.

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in St. Petersburg in Florida," Golden Eagles coach Larry Fedora said. "It is a great area with great weather and we have the opportunity to play a quality opponent from the Big East. We are thrilled about being able to play another game."

Tickets are on sale for $47.75 at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling toll-free 1-800-745-3000.

McCarney leaves UF for head coach job

A "humbled and honored" Dan McCarney accepted the head coaching job at North Texas on Tuesday, reflecting on his tenure as Florida's defensive line coach, while looking toward the future.

"First of all to Urban Meyer and to Jeremy Foley, the head football coach and athletic director at the University of Florida: Even though we had a few struggles and a couple of setbacks this year, it was one of the most unbelievable runs in the history of college football," McCarney said. "Margy (his wife) and I were there for 40 games, 33 wins, 22 wins in a row, a national championship, a couple of BCS bowl victories. Before you ride into that final sunset, every coach and player should have the opportunity to be a national champion. We did."

McCarney, 57, was head coach at Iowa State from 1995-2006 and spent one season as an assistant at USF before joining the UF staff in 2008.

"I'm happy for coach McCarney and his family," Meyer said in a statement. "He has a proven track record as a head coach and we were fortunate to have him on our staff for the last three years. He did a great job with our defensive line and I fully expect him to be successful at North Texas."

Around the nation

OTHER BOWLS: Aside from Southern Miss, three schools officially accepted bids: Texas A&M to the Cotton Bowl (Jan. 7, Dallas), Army to the Armed Forces (Dec. 30, Dallas) and East Carolina to the Military (Dec. 29, Washington).

Staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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