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Southern begins fall practice under first-year head coach Jeff Sims

The Lions are 3-30 the last three seasons

JOPLIN, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions got on the field at Fred G. Hughes Stadium Friday night for their first practice of the season.

The Lions are entering their first season under head coach Jeff Sims, who spent the last four seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas.

The MSSU football program looks a lot different than it did last year at this time. In addition to a new head coach, the Lions will have a lot of new faces on the field this season. 

Old or new, the guys on the field this fall will have to show up every day if they want a chance to see the field.

"Every job is open every week," Sims says, "In my career, there's been a lot of times where I thought player A was the best player, but player B kept working and he eventually beat that person out and took that opportunity. We really foster competition and you have to prove every single day that you want to be the starter. So every position is wide open, and we're excited to see these guys compete."

The Lions will open up the regular season on September 5th, hosting the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers. 

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