Opinion: Giannini’s gamble on Fedora appears to pay off so far

NEW ORLEANS — It’s hard to figure out what to make of Larry Fedora’s first season in Hattiesburg.
It ended in a five-game winning streak and an overtime thriller as the Golden Eagles clipped Troy 30-27 in the New Orleans Bowl on Sunday.
This despite a 2-6 start containing a brutal five-game skid.
Consistently inconsistent, perhaps?
The same Golden Eagles team that waxed UAB 70-14 and rewrote the offensive record book in the process surrendered 36 and 40 points, respectively, to mediocre foes Memphis and UTEP and then dropped an inexcusable home loss to Marshall, which finished 4-8.
It was a typical first year for a first-time head coach encountering some growing pains.