Says He’ll Return If Eagles Go To CWS
Hattiesburgh, MS–The number of touchdown passes Brett Favre does or doesn’t throw next fall could come down to the number of home runs B.A. Vollmuth does or doesn’t hit in the next three week. On Thursday Favre told Vollmuth and his Southern Mississippi teammates that he will return to quarterback the Minnesota Vikings next season if they return to the College World Series next month.
Favre has (as usual) remained uncommitted on his NFL future since falling to the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. He signed a two-year contract before joining the Vikings prior to last season. The sophomore Vollmuth leads USM with a .390 batting average, 14 home runs and 60 RBIs.
Favre, a Southern Miss. alum, surprised the Golden Eagles with an appearance at a team meeting Thursday morning when he told them “I was a kid again when y’all played Texas in (the first round of) the College World Series (last year).” The 19-year NFL veteran turns 41 in October.
Southern Missississipi was last year’s College World Series “Cinderella” when the Golden Eagles first won the NCAA Atlanta Regional as the number three seed. They then went to the Gainesville Super Regional and stunned national seed Florida to advance to the CWS.
The Golden Eagles (31-20, 13-9)) had a 12-game winning streak snapped last weekend when they lost two of three games to Rice. They have a spot locked-up in next week’s Conference USA Tournament, but they are on the bubble for an at-large NCAA spot if they don’t claim C-USA’s automatic bid by winning the tournament. With two games remaining vs. Memphis in the regular season (Friday and Saturday) they would be the #2 seed in the C-USA Tournament.
USM has made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances. They are ranked #50 in this week’s CB360 Composite National Rankings.