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Will Hall of Southern Miss on planning, culture and archie manning

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HATTIESBURG — Will Hall has been working for more than two hours when he ran down the stairs to the ground floor of the Duff Athletic Center and found his post near the entrance to the Southern Mississippi waitroom at 8:30 am. ..

When his player arrives, Hall enthusiastically puts out a high five and a friendly slap on his back. One of the golden eagles struggling to put on a shirt taps his belly and receives several playful chirps. Hall’s mission to greet the first of the three training groups of the day is simple, but important in his view. Please touch everyone.

“Family, love, and culture are the three most commonly used words in America,” says Hall. “Everyone just throws them away.

“If we are a family, if we really want to love each other, we have to touch each other.”