P.W. Underwood: A force of nature

The date was Oct. 17, 1970. It was a muggy day, unseasonably warm. I was a just-turned-18-year-old USM freshman writing sports for the Hattiesburg American, and I had just seen a miracle. Southern Miss, coached by second-year Golden Eagle coach P. W. “Bear” Underwood, had just stunned mighty Ole Miss 30-14 on the new artificial turf at then-Hemingway Stadium. USM fans were flooding onto the field, as I hurried to midfield to be the first to interview Underwood. Two USM players, obviously tired and sweaty and with help from others,...