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Larry Eustachy is making most of his second chance at Southern Miss

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(Seth Davis/CNNSI.com)

In 2000, Larry Eustachy was named the AP National Coach of the Year for his work on the sidelines at Iowa State. Three short years later, pictures surfaced of him drinking and partying with students. Although the accusations did not go beyond this and Eustachy taking steps to enter treatment, he was terminated by the school.

It has been 9 years since Eustachy has taken his last drink and he has risen up after his very public crash. In 8 of those years he has been the coach of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. He has won more than he has lost on the sidelines, but this year could be the one in which he finally leads the team to the NCAA Tournament.

Sitting atop Conference USA, the scrappy Eagles are 20-4 and recently ended Eustachy's 17 game losing streak to Memphis with a 75-72 victory. It is always good to see a person making the most of a second chance and Larry Eustachy is definitely doing that. Led by Kentucky transfer Darnell Dodson and with a focus on hard nosed defense, seems like Southern Miss might get more than one chance to play a NCAA tournament game if they play their cards right.

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