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Mississippi State again surpasses $80M mark in donations
Mississippi State University reported its third-straight year receiving more than $80 million in donations Wednesday. The university exceeded $81.3 million in outright gifts and pledges from various sources, including individuals, corporations, foundations, trusts and estates, for Fiscal Year 2013. "Another successful year of private support is an important milestone for the university, particularly as we move toward announcing another long-term fundraising endeavor this fall to advance Mississippi State and its long-range strategic plan and priorities," said John Rush, MSU vice president for development and alumni who serves as the MSU Foundation CEO.
 
MSU Foundation's fund-raising tops $80 million for 3rd year
Mississippi State University is marking its third consecutive year of raising more than $80 million in outright gifts and pledges of future support from individuals, corporations, foundations, trusts and estates. MSU President Mark E. Keenum said the years of significant fund-raising totals "is clear evidence that individuals and corporate supporters have confidence in our efforts to impact the lives of individuals across our state and nation and extend our reach across the globe." Fund-raising from the just-ended fiscal 2013 exceeded $81.3 million.
 
Mississippi State Raises Over $80 Million for Third Year in Row
For three consecutive years, Mississippi State University has raised more than $80 million in pledged financial support from alumni, corporations, foundations and trusts. The MSU Foundation conducts most of the fundraising and says alumni giving is at 18 percent, well above the national average. MSU Foundation CEO John Rush believes good leadership and management has attracted big donors to MSU. "I attribute that a lot to Dr. Keenum's leadership," says Rush.
 
Mississippi State tops $80 million in giving
Mississippi State University announced Wednesday that its private donations and pledges of future support exceeded $81.3 million for fiscal year 2013, marking the third consecutive year of fundraising exceeding $80 million.
 
Starkville receives 2013 Healthy Hometown accolade
For the second time in three years, Starkville was awarded a Healthy Hometown designation by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. Starkville earned this year's award in the subcategory for cities of 15,000 or more residents and will receive a $25,000 grant. "It's a tremendous honor for the city to be selected again. This is a highly competitive award process in which cities from all over the state vie for recognition," Mayor Parker Wiseman said. Blue Cross Blue Shield's announcement also credited local businesses, organizations and civic groups, including Mississippi State University's Department of Health and Wellness and MSU on the Move, with promoting health education and outreach.
 
Researchers look at improving catfish farmers' profitability
Mississippi State University scientists looking to help catfish producers keep costs low and quality high have found catfish can thrive for the first six weeks after hatching by feeding on naturally occurring zooplankton. "This work shows fry thrive on natural pond productivity during the first 4 to 6 weeks of growth," said David Wise, coordinator for the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center in Stoneville and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. "Reducing or eliminating fry feedings during this time can reduce some of the cost of fish production. Implementing this practice can save fingerling farmers at least $236 per acre on initial feed costs."
 
Mississippi's late cotton: Be vigilant with insect control, PGRs
With Mississippi cotton from two weeks to four weeks behind average, it's important that growers stay on top of the crop's needs, says Darrin Dodds -- and hope for an extended, hot fall season. "I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we don't have a repeat of last year, when August and September were a lot cooler than normal," he said at the joint annual meeting of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation and the Mississippi Farm Bureau's Cotton Policy Committee. Given the shortened growing season, says Dodds, associate Extension professor of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University, growers need to be vigilant with their insect control and plant growth regulator applications.
 
New degree offering in healthcare at MSU-Meridian
This fall, MSU-Meridian will offer a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Healthcare Services. This degree will offer students who may have already completed an associate's degree with a number of technical credits the opportunity to apply up to twenty-eight of those hours toward completion of an undergraduate degree. "We are one of a few universities to be able to offer a BAT degree and we are extremely excited to be able to do so," noted Dr. Steve Brown, dean and associate vice president of MSU-Meridian.
 
Softball tourney to be held in honor of Ben Hammond
Saturday marks the first annual Ben Hammond Memorial Softball tournament at the Sammie Davidson Complex. The tournament is raising money for the Ben Hammond Endowment Scholarship Fund at Mississippi State University. The scholarship will be eligible for an MSU bound senior with a 3.0 grade point average or better from Southeast Lauderdale.
 
Cover kids and golf clubs in Southern-made style
Kristen Ley was a creative child. Instead of dolls, she wanted craft kits. At camp, she chose ceramics over sports. After graduation in 2007 from Mississippi State University, Ley's love of graphics, design and learning continued.
 
Bankrupt grocer wants to sell two stores
Belle Foods is asking a federal bankruptcy judge to let it sell grocery stores in Meridian and Columbus. The Southern Family Market in Columbus and a Piggly Wiggly store in Meridian plus 10 locations in Alabama are on the list for sale if an U.S. Bankruptcy judge in Alabama agrees. Prior to the bankruptcy filing, Belle Foods operated 57 stores in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. The stores scheduled to remain open include the Piggly Wiggly in Starkville.
 
Mississippi jobless rate dips as payrolls keep climbing
Mississippi's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 9 percent in June, as fewer people looked for work. A separate survey showed employer payrolls continue to grow in the state. The figures were released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state retained the third-highest jobless rate nationwide, behind Nevada at 9.6 percent and Illinois at 9.2 percent. North Dakota retained the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent.
 
Middle class still left behind in U.S. economic recovery, data show
The economic recovery of summer 2013 is playing out in an all-too-familiar way for poor and middle-class Americans: Gas prices are up, growth is slowing, and there still aren't nearly enough new jobs to employ the almost 12 million people seeking work. An improving housing market and rising stock prices appear to have done little to increase the take-home pay of the typical U.S. worker. And while the economy continues to heal faster than that of almost any other Western nation, evidence remains strong that the recovery has done little to boost the fortunes of people in the vast economic middle. Economic indicators released Thursday continue to show a mixed picture of the recovery -- and certainly not one pointing to a surge in working-class incomes any time soon.
 
School funding formula dips by $28 million in early look
Schools are likely to seek less money from the Mississippi Legislature for the first time since the current school funding formula was created. An early estimate of the request for the 2015 budget year shows the formula requiring $28.5 million less to reach full funding. Lawmakers have allocated much less than full funding in recent years, in part because of the downturn in state revenues. The gap between what the formula says is an adequate amount of aid and what the Legislature budgeted for the current 2014 budget year, which began July 1, is $293 million. That gap would fall to $264 million, the Mississippi Department of Education announced Thursday.
 
Education secretary praises Mississippi early childhood efforts
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke highly of Mississippi's early childhood education efforts on Wednesday during an Education Writer's Association web panel about early education. Duncan spoke about the Obama administrations' proposal to expand high-quality pre-K to more children by partnering with efforts already in place in various states. That effort would need bi-partisan Congressional support, which it has not yet received, in part because of the challenges of funding it. Duncan mentioned states with Republican governors that have recently expanded early education efforts and mentioned Mississippi.
 
Organization Looks to Stem Drop Out Rate in Teen Mothers
The Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women is studying ways to stop an estimated 18,000 teenage mothers in Mississippi from dropping out of school each year. They are seeking the support of Mississippi lawmakers and others in their efforts. About 20 women from around the state spent their lunch break in Jackson Thursday listening to State Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison of Oxford. Tollison told the group that increasing the state's high school graduation rate and reducing the dropout rate remains a top priority for lawmakers. Gloria Williamson is the chair of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women. She says part of the reason so many teen mothers are dropping out is because the state's court system does not place enough emphasis on the continued education of teen and unwed mothers.
 
State will hire 24 coaches for reading push
State education officials will hire 24 reading coaches and coordinators for the coming school year, falling far short of their goal of 75. The coaches are the key personnel in the state's effort to meet legislative mandates that all third-graders read at a basic level by 2015 or be flunked. State Board of Education chairman Wayne Gann, of Corinth, said improving instruction and averting a large number of failures is one of the most urgent tasks facing the state Department of Education. "We cannot allow ourselves to fail and we cannot allow the school districts to fail," he said.
 
Ingalls, NASA, Coast dwellers win in Senate committee
Appropriations bills approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would boost programs that are important to Mississippians, including the National Flood Insurance Program, NASA's Space Launch System and U.S. Coast Guard shipbuilding, Sen. Thad Cochran said in a press release.
 
The Oliver Diaz story: Book, movie coming on former Mississippi justice's ordeal
The political and legal travails of former state Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, will be the subject of a feature-length film by the producer of the award-winning documentary "Hot Coffee," which featured a segment on Diaz. Diaz, who practices law in Jackson, also is working on a book about what he and his family went through. Since the documentary first aired on HBO, he has spoken around the country at bar association gatherings and film festivals about his family's ordeal. Susan Saladoff left a 25-year law practice to make "Hot Coffee," which premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by HBO. It examines the influence of big business on the civil justice system. Mississippi novelist John Grisham, who served years ago with Oliver Diaz in the state Legislature, loosely based one of his novels, "The Appeal," on what happened to Diaz in the Supreme Court race.
 
Neshoba County Fair Begins July 26
The 124th Annual Neshoba County Fair, known as Mississippi's Giant House Party, is July 26-Aug. 2. The Fair has the state's only sanctioned horse races, arts and crafts, cattle shows, political speakers, petting zoos and more. Many of the cabin owners are on site for days in advance. Fair management estimates over 75,000 visitors come in over the eight-day period. So a lot of effort and money goes into preparing for each Fair. "It takes a lot of work, and it's terribly expensive," said Rachel Evans of Philadelphia. "Like I was telling someone just then, there are two things that I never want to know in life. That's what we spend sending our son Scott to Ole Miss and what I spend at the Fair every year."
 
Beer in Oxford? Some just don't like it hot
One of Oxford's storied traditions could be affected when the city board takes a look at cold beer during its next meeting. While beer -- along with liquor and wine -- has been legal in Oxford for decades, the hops are hot when they reach the cash register at grocery and convenience stores. Those in Oxford wanting to buy their brew chilled have to travel across county lines. University of Mississippi students and Oxford residents alike have become accustomed to the trek to stores in Marshall and Panola counties. They even have created games to help pass the time, and thus the Walkers Challenge was born.
 
Agriculture panel heads meet on farm bill
Farm bill talks advanced Thursday as the top leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees met to begin their discussions and the Senate later took the first steps to request a formal conference with the House. "We are very serious about working together and getting this done," Senate Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) told Politico. "And I am very confident we will." That said, the Michigan Democrat had to endure a long afternoon of uncertainty before finally getting her consent request to go to conference through the Senate Thursday evening.
 
House proposal would scrap NASA asteroid mission, mandate focus on moon and Mars
A House committee on Thursday approved a plan for NASA that would kill the Obama administration's proposal to blast U.S. astronauts to an asteroid as early as 2021. It is a "poorly defined mission," Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., said of the plan to grab a speeding asteroid with a robot and drag it near the moon so future astronauts could visit it. Instead, the Republican-dominated House science committee voted along party lines to direct NASA to develop a "sustained human presence" on the moon and Mars. The disagreements on funding and asteroid mission set the stage for a protracted debate over NASA's future.
 
Fracking chemicals didn't spread, study shows
A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said. Although the results are preliminary -- the study is still ongoing -- they are a boost to a natural gas industry that has fought complaints from environmental groups and property owners who call fracking dangerous.
 
USM's Elam Arms being demolished
A landmark Southern Miss building that's been around for nearly 50 years is coming down. Elam Arms is in the process of being demolished. It was built back in 1965 as a men's dormitory, but has been vacant for several years. It was also heavily damaged in the tornado five months ago. At one time, it was thought that it might become a hotel, but public relations staff at USM say the area will be turned into a gravel parking lot, at least for the time being.
 
Publication: UMMC "Most Wired" healthcare facility
Hospitals & Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association, has named the University of Mississippi Medical Center among its 2013 "Most Wired" list for health-care facilities. The listing is the result of an industry-standard benchmark study, the Most Wired Survey, which measured the level of information technology adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems. The study is considered a useful tool for hospital and health system leaders to map their IT strategic plans.
 
New trial order stands in slaying of JSU student
The Mississippi Supreme Court has let stand an order granting a new trial to a man convicted of the 2007 killing of his ex-girlfriend, Jackson State University student Latasha Norman. The Supreme Court on Thursday declined a request from prosecutors to hear the case. Stanley Cole has acknowledged killing the 20-year-old woman, but maintains it was an accident. Cole said the two were fighting in a car when Norman hit her head and he couldn't resuscitate her.
 
Local kids learn about robots this summer at Co-Lin camp
"Kids these days." Usually, the comment is an expression of disdain, alluding to a video game culture, high fructose diet and general apathy. Yet one look into room 209 at Smith Hall at Copiah-Lincoln Community College this week might suggest another viewpoint altogether. For the fifth year in a row, 20 fifth through seventh grade students from the area can be found at the college's summer Robotics Camp. Within the confines of Smith Hall, future engineers, computer programmers and scientists can be seen scrambling throughout the room, attempting to calibrate and program their own robots with impressive skill and technique.
 
Restitution hearing for Harvey Updyke set for Sept. 18
A hearing has been scheduled to determine whether Harvey Updyke should owe more than $1 million to Auburn University for the poisoning of Toomer's Oaks. Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III issued an order Thursday that sets a Sept. 18 hearing at the Elmore County Courthouse to discuss the state's pending restitution request against Updyke. Updyke pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful damage of an animal or crop facility in March. The state is currently seeking $1.042 million in restitution. The request, which was filed by the Lee County District Attorney's Office on May 29, states the amount was determined based on the expenses incurred by Auburn University ever since the trees were poisoned after the 2010 Iron Bowl.
 
U. of Florida programs give students running start toward degrees
Charlotte Yanes was thrilled when she got the letter telling her she'd been accepted to the University of Florida. "UF was my dream school," said the rising sophomore who plans to major in agricultural communications. She knew the odds were against her, coming from South Dade High School in rural Homestead -- a school with a reputation for drug- and gang-related problems and fighting. But on the strength of her GPA, community service hours and extracurricular activities, she was accepted via a program called AIM, short for "Assisting students Improving skills Maximizing potential," which gives academically at-risk students from low-income neighborhoods extra support during their first year at UF. Yanes and two other South Dade classmates went through the program last year.
 
U. of Florida PathLabs video goes viral, alarms administrators
Two music video parodies representing the University of Florida Pathology Laboratories have become a potential public relations headache for administrators, who have asked the UF Health Shands Hospital resident responsible for the spoofs to take them down. Brett Baskovich, who completed his residency at UF in June and is on a one-year fellowship at the Montefiore Medical Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, posted the videos June 13 on Youtube. On July 9, he posted a video on his Youtube channel saying his "best videos ever ...have been censored by certain higher-ups at UF."
 
No arrest for DUI a rarity in U. of Florida Police Department cases
Over the past five years, the University of Florida Police Department has charged 534 people with drunken driving. Of those, 527 were arrested on site, while seven were charged via a sworn complaint. Marc A. Dunn -- the 23-year-old son of UPD Deputy Chief Tony Dunn -- is the only person pulled over in that time, records requested by The Sun show, to be cited via a sworn complaint and not be a juvenile, require an additional blood test or be too injured or sick to be arrested on site. Instead of being arrested on a DUI charge, Dunn instead was issued no citation and allowed to go home with his father, a decision for which the UPD chief and UF administration have faulted the officers and not the deputy chief.
 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center to cut more jobs, offer buyouts
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is looking to trim $100 million from its budget for the current fiscal year and will pursue several options, including offering early retirement for certain employees. That option would be available to staffers who might wish to retire earlier than planned, Dr. Jeff Balser, vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of Vanderbilt's School of Medicine, said in a memo that offered new details on cost-cutting measures at Nashville's largest private employer. He said details on the early retirement would be released soon. In recent weeks, the academic medical center has been reducing its workforce by at least 300 employees.
 
Patrons want answers about U. of Missouri's museums' future
Although the upcoming moves of two University of Missouri museums from the heart of campus to the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center on the Business Loop have been called temporary, many are still wondering what the end plan is for the two facilities. The Museum of Art and Archaeology and Museum of Anthropology are being moved at the end of this year as part of a nearly $23 million project to renovate historic buildings around Francis Quadrangle, including Jesse Hall. Pickard Hall houses the art and archeology museum, and the anthropology museum is in Swallow Hall. MU's Faculty Council hosted a campus forum this week on the situation.
 
Young Donors Are Turned Off by Out-of-Date, Uninformative Web Sites
Colleges and other nonprofit organizations that want to persuade people in their 20s and early 30s to give and volunteer don't have much of a chance if they're not updating their Web sites frequently and including compelling details about their causes and the people they serve, according to a survey released on Thursday. Three out of four donors born from 1979 to 1994 -- a generation often referred to as Millennials -- said they were turned off when a nonprofit group's Web site had not been updated recently. Six in 10 said they wanted nonprofits to share stories about successful projects and programs, and appreciated information about an organization's mission and the people it serves.
 
Myrlie Evers journeys on, with neither rancor nor naivete
Longtime political observer and columnist Bill Minor writes: "At a time when race relations has taken center stage in the nation (not just here for a change) it is indeed proper that Mississippians recognize how Myrlie Evers-Williams has elegantly, without rancor, kept alive her martyred husband's crusade to guarantee long-denied citizenship rights for his fellow blacks. ...As well she might were she of different mind and personality, Myrlie might have been voicing her outrage on street corners or meeting halls. But she is a regal lady whose cadenced rhetoric is measured, devoid of bitterness. Often when she speaks, she emphasizes racial progress her native state has made. However, she's not naive that laws with a racist subtext have cropped up in Mississippi and other states."


SPORTS
 
Russell shoulders blame for MSU's final two losses in 2012
Without being prompted Wednesday, Tyler Russell took the blame for the Mississippi State University football team's last two losses of the 2012 season. The Bulldogs' fifth-year senior quarterback made it clear at Southeastern Conference Media Days he has no problem shouldering the load for a 41-24 loss to the University of Mississippi in Oxford and a 34-20 setback to Northwestern University in the 2013 Gator Bowl. "I wasn't as prepared as I should've been in those two games," Russell said.
 
Mississippi State's Russell named to another watch list
Mississippi State University senior quarterback Tyler Russell added another honor to his preseason haul Wednesday when he was named to the 2013 Davey O'Brien Award Watch List. Six other Southeastern Conference quarterbacks, including University of Mississippi junior Bo Wallace, joined Russell on the 34-player list. The Davey O'Brien Award, which is given to the nation's best quarterback, has been won by NFL first-round draft picks Robert Griffith III, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, and Tim Tebow in recent years. Russell and MSU coach Dan Mullen spent their final spring session together trying to perfect a pro-style offense that will put the fifth-year senior under center much more.
 
Ole Miss fourth, MSU sixth in SEC West poll
Ole Miss was tabbed the unofficial "Best of the Rest in the West" when the preseason poll was released at SEC Media Days Thursday, the final day of the event. A total of 243 writers and broadcasters cast ballots. Ole Miss was fourth, while Mississippi State was picked sixth.
 
Bulldogs go old-school, put their QB under center | Brad Locke (Opinion)
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal's Brad Locke writes: "Dan Mullen has not been afraid to make tweaks to his offense over the years, displaying wisdom in playing to the strengths of his personnel. It's why you saw Mississippi State run a lot of hurry-up two years ago with dual-threat quarterback Chris Relf. It's why the Bulldogs passed significantly more last season with Tyler Russell as the starter. Russell is back, and the fifth-year senior is finding himself having to adjust to another tweak by Mullen."
 
'I want to be part of winning': McGillis named new Southern Miss athletic director
Three weeks ago, Bill McGillis and his wife packed up their two youngest and hopped in the car to make the 10-hour haul from Tampa, Fla., to Hattiesburg to get a first-hand feel for the community and the University of Southern Mississippi. Early Wednesday afternoon, McGillis was standing center stage in the atrium of USM's Trent Lott Center, being introduced as the sixth, full-time athletic director in the history of Golden Eagles' sports department.
 
New Southern Miss AD Bill McGillis: 'I envision great, great things here'
Southern Miss' search for a new athletic director lasted one day short of a month, but the man who took the podium on Thursday was one that few Golden Eagles supporters knew much about. Bill McGillis, for the last six years an associate athletic director at South Florida, was introduced as Southern Miss' sixth director of athletics during a news conference at the Trent Lott Center. Though McGillis said he was first contacted by the USM search committee nearly three weeks ago, his name did not surface in connection with the job until Thursday morning. The Seattle native replaces Jeff Hammond, whose contract was not renewed following its expiration at the end of June.
 
New Southern Miss AD: "We're not going to take a back seat to anybody'
New Southern Miss Athletic Director Bill McGillis struck a chord with fans in the closing remarks of his introductory speech Thursday. In wrapping up what was mostly a low-key address to fans and media in attendance at the Trent Lott Center, McGillis showed he understood the mentality of a USM fan -- the scrappy underdog that doesn't back down from a fight. "We're not going to take a back seat to anybody in this state or anybody in the conference or anybody in the country," McGillis said to applause.
 
USM supporters say it's time to look ahead
After a rough 18 months of discord and hurt feelings, Southern Miss fans appear to be of one mind where new athletic director Bill McGillis is concerned. "It's time to go forward and stop squabbling," said longtime Golden Eagle supporter Roger Cameron. McGillis was introduced as the sixth athletic director in school history Thursday, and many of the estimated 100 fans, staff, students and other supporters at the press conference expressed cautious optimism about the hire. "He said all the right things, so we'll see how it goes," said Ben Willoughby, a former Golden Eagle football standout from the early 1960s and former Eagle Club president. "He has a good resume and he's also got a bundle of problems facing him. Time will tell if he's the right man for the job."
 
McGillis a fast but solid hire for USM | Tim Doherty (Opinion)
The Hattiesburg American's Tim Doherty writes: "This was fast. Not as fast as a bullet train, mind you, or even a speeding bullet, for that matter. But in the context of an upper-level hiring in collegiate athletics, Thusrday's introduction of former South Florida executive associate athletic director Bill McGillis as the sixth full-time athletic director in Southern Miss was ...well ...fast. 'It's been an amazing day and an amazing couple of days,' McGillis said upon his introduction before about 100 folks at USM's Lott Center. We bet."
 
Les Miles renews push for new SEC schedule
Les Miles spent 35 minutes Thursday behind the podium at the Wynfrey Hotel holding court. The ninth-year LSU football coach talked about using hyperbaric chambers in concussion research, rappelling down the side of one of Baton Rouge's tallest buildings, a daughter's softball game, the role of social media in sports, how coaches would have banned cars back in the day and the Australian accents of his punters. Yet he saved he final three minutes and more than 400 words for his biggest gripe at the Southeastern Conference's Media Days: perceived unfairness in scheduling.
 
As Alabama's Opponents Raise the Tempo, Saban Remains a Step Ahead
When an Alabama football player can straighten his helmet, snap his chin strap, make sure his pads are snug, take a deep breath and get comfortably set in his stance, there is a good chance that he will have no equal in the Southeastern Conference. Opponents in the SEC are hoping to change that. They want Alabama players lining up short of breath, pads askew, chin straps too tight. Texas A&M, with its up-tempo offense, was the only team to beat Alabama in 2012. Now, Auburn, Tennessee and Kentucky have new coaches who are installing the same kind of unremitting offenses. The fast-paced offenses also present another issue, at least to Saban. "Should we allow football to be a continuous game?" he said Thursday at SEC Media Days. Mississippi Coach Hugh Freeze scoffed at the idea that the up-tempo offense can lead to more injuries.
 
Argument over spread offenses becomes personal, hits close to home
Within an hour inside the Wynfrey Hotel's second-floor ballroom Wednesday, the SEC's culture clash surfaced. Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn believes in the up-tempo, no-huddle offense. It's his invention, his baby. He nurtured it as a high school coach in Arkansas. He'll bring it to Auburn this season, expecting the Tigers offense to be fastest in the nation. Malzahn has made it clear he will defend the hurry-up offense with no exceptions. So with Arkansas coach Bret Bielema believing the no-huddle threatens player safety, Malzahn didn't hold back.
 
Ed O'Bannon lawsuit adds current college football players vs. NCAA
Six current college football players joined the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit tonight, becoming the first active athletes as plaintiffs in the antitrust suit against the NCAA over the use of players' names, images and likenesses. The players were identified as part of a court-ordered amended complaint filed in California federal court by the O'Bannon lawyers. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken previously ruled that before deciding whether to certify the suit, the plaintiffs need a current athlete. "There are real current athletes in four different conferences, all very interested in speaking out on behalf of all current athletes," said Michael Hausfeld, the lead attorney for the O'Bannon plaintiffs. "I think that says a lot."
 
Late stumble spoils Ole Miss grad Randolph's charge at Sanderson Farms Championship
Jonathan Randolph lost his appetite after finishing his first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. The Ole Miss alum bogeyed twice in the last few holes, putting him in a three-way tie for second with a score of 6-under-par 72 on Thursday. "They say bogeys make dinner taste bad, and I had two of them, so I guess lunch will taste bad," said Randolph, who teed off with the morning group. Randolph was the only golfer to come within one shot from taking, or at least sharing, the lead with Daniel Summerhays, who finished at 9-under. Randolph was 8-under entering his second-to-last hole.



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