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How Hattiesburg supported USM reporter who took his first steps in months

There aren't two things Heath Hinton wanted more since April than the chance to walk again and watch Southern Miss football. This past week, he got to do both.

Hinton is a textbook Southern Miss expert.

Since 2014, he's hosted radio shows and managed the Southern Miss Rivals' site "BigGoldNation." On command, Hinton can name the entire Golden Eagles depth chart and the program's top recruits.

"I love sports," Hinton said. "I'm really not working. I'm having fun."

Hinton grew up attending Southern Miss games with his father, Dannie. One of Hinton's brothers, a Mississippi State fan, used to work at a steakhouse and every season, the two would place a wager on the Golden Eagle-Bulldog matchups.