|Brett Favre is back! (Getty Images)|
Despite the constant rumors that various quarterback-needy NFL teams had inquired about Brett Favre's services in the days and weeks leading up to the season, the ol' gunslinger remains retired. But that doesn't mean he's done with football.
In June, Favre said that he liked working with young players, "but in what capacity, I'm not really sure yet. … [I don't have any] plans right now and we'll see where that takes me."
Well, now we (sorta) know: he'll serve as a color commentator for his alma mater, Southern Miss, in their October 1 game against Rice.
In a school press release (via College Football Talk), Favre said, “I’m excited to be back at Southern Miss with the Golden Eagles. I’m not committing to a new career in broadcasting, but just wanted to support Southern Miss and check out the view from the press box. It should be fun and I hope the fans enjoy it.”
We give Favre credit for stating upfront that this is a temporary gig, though we don't suspect that will slow the speculation concerning any of his future plans.
“This is a great opportunity for Southern Miss to welcome back one of its favorite sons,” said Southern Miss president Dr. Martha D. Saunders. “Brett is a popular guy at our university. I know our students and alumni will enjoy having him associated with this game… exclusively on CSS.”
Favre's popularity can't be understated. Yahoo.com's Doug Farrar points out that in Favre's first year there, "Southern Miss went 10-2 and beat Texas-El Paso in the Independence Bowl, and after a disappointing 1989 campaign, the team came back for an 8-4 record in 1990 and a trip to the All-American Bowl, where they lost to North Carolina State."
In related Mississippi football news, Favre's cousin, Dylan Favre, is a quarterback at Mississippi State.
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