Southern Miss removed the interim tag and named Jeff Hammond its new Athletic Director on Wednesday.
The retired army major general will take over the job in a permanent role, after serving as Interim Athletic Director since January.
Hammond has reportedly received a 1-year contract.
Hammond, also a former Southern Miss quarterback, said today that he never pursued the interim job, nor the full-time position, but simply answered the call when called upon.
In an afternoon press conference, Hammond was introduced in Hattiesburg, where he voiced a desire to bring the Southern Miss community together behind common goals.
Hammond takes over following one of the most successful years in USM history.
The football team won a conference title, and the basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament.