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Conference USA changes tiebreaker rule, hurts Southern Miss' chances for division title

Southern Miss' chances of winning a division title decreased this week before the team even played its final game of the regular season.

The Golden Eagles are locked in a three-way tie for first place with Louisiana Tech and UAB in the Conference USA West division.

Under the tiebreaker rules entering the season, Southern Miss had a path toward winning the division if all three teams won this weekend. But now, based on a change to the tiebreaker rules this week, the Golden Eagles' chances have decreased under that scenario.

Jeremy McClain, the USM athletics director, expressed "serious concerns" about the change made to the tiebreakers during a conference call of Conference USA athletic directors.