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Teens participating in camp for fashion at Mississippi State
The term "summer camp" usually brings to mind images of outdoor activities and campfires, but participants of a new summer program held at Mississippi State this week prefer exploring the world of fashion instead of the great outdoors. The School of Human Sciences at MSU hosted "Fashion Prep14: Exploration" for the first time this year. Participants of the overnight program enjoyed a taste of college life during their weeklong stay on campus. The camp started Friday and will conclude today with a banquet for this year's nine participants and their parents. Program participants are required to be between 14 and 17 years of age and attend class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
 
Rice tapped as new Mississippi State police chief
M. Vance Rice, a 20-plus year law enforcement veteran currently working at the University of Arkansas, will lead the Mississippi State University Police Department pending approval from the State College Board. Rice, who serves as UA's police services captain, is expected to begin working July 16, MSU announced Tuesday. In a release, Rice said he is humbled by his selection and looks forward to working collaboratively with MSU's students, staff and faculty.
 
Snake sightings not unusual for time of year
With it being breeding season for many snakes, people may notice an increase in sightings in their neighborhoods, but this shouldn't be a concern, as there are ways to prevent snakes around the home. Right now, there is no real indication that the population of snakes in Mississippi has increased. An increase in snake sightings, though, could simply be the change in weather. "Typically most snake sightings occur during summer, when temperatures are greatest and snakes are most active," said Dr. Bronson Strickland, associate extension professor for the department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University.
 
Ag Day Set at Stoneville Research Station
Researchers will provide farmers and consultants with insight into crop studies and listen to ideas for future projects during the June 17 field day at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center. Corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans will be the focus of this event, which begins with registration at 10 a.m. at the Charles W. Capps Building and is followed by a sponsored lunch at noon. Farmers registered for the field day will be eligible for door prices during the meal. Vendors will have displays and be available to answer questions. "This midseason field day is more timely because we can address some of the major row crop concerns as they are occurring in the field rather than having a field day at the more traditional time," said Tom Allen, MSU Extension plant pathologist and field day chairman.
 
Propane Autogas For Fleets: Study Identifies Some Key Considerations
The Mississippi Propane Gas Association recently commissioned a study conducted by the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University that found propane autogas offers "numerous benefits" as a fleet fuel versus gasoline and diesel. The study also looked at the challenges fleet managers might encounter when considering autogas. The researchers approached their work with an awareness of how propane has fit into the larger alt-fuel vehicle sector in recent years. "Over the last decade, the number of propane vehicles in use has incrementally declined, creating the impetus for inquiry into the reasons propane has declined in use, potentially, and whether propane should be considered as an alternative fuel for fleet vehicles," the report states.
 
Blackjack Road developments could spur new regulation
Oktibbeha County supervisors indicated a willingness to entertain new rules limiting hauling weights as large trucks loaded with materials heading to and from upcoming housing developments continue to damage Blackjack Road. Residents historically have approached supervisors with their concerns over the well-traveled thoroughfare near Mississippi State University, but more and more complaints have recently come as construction efforts ramp up on at least one of three planned apartment complexes in the area. Last month, about 20 residents complained about the road's condition and safety concerns created when heavy trucks sometimes block a portion of Blackjack. The board again heard residents' Blackjack Road complaints Monday and again acknowledged damage created by heavy hauling.
 
Personnel matter draws Starkville sanitation employees behind closed doors
Starkville aldermen discussed a personnel issue involving Sanitation and Environmental Services Director Emma Gandy and Calvin Ware, a sanitation worker, behind closed doors for almost 90 minutes Tuesday, but no motions specific to the matter emerged in open session. City officials would not comment on the nature of the discussions. The board, however, approved up to $850 in advanced travel expenses for Gandy, Cap Riley and John Landrum to attend certification training on June 11 in Jackson. The Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget is listed as the funding source for the trip, according to city documents.
 
Camgian's Quantas named year's best by M2M Evolution
Starkville-based Camgian Microsystems Corporation's sensor fusion engine, Quantas, has received a 2014 M2M Evolution Product of the Year Award from M2M Evolution Magazine. Quantus is an end-to-end M2M solution comprising low-power, cellular-based differential pressure sensors that report on-site liquid inventory information to a secure, cloud-based software application, which supports various analytical, visualization and reporting functions.
 
Chikungunya disease found in Flowood
Could an outbreak of a deadly disease be taking over Mississippi? The first case of chikungunya is now reported in the metro area. Outbreaks have happened in Africa, Asia and Europe. A traveling medical professional from Alabama was in Haiti on work when she contracted the disease that attacks your joints. She was working with a Jackson doctor two weeks ago when she broke out in a rash, she was treated at River Oaks in Flowood. The main thing that starts off is really the joint pain," said infectious disease specialist Dr. David Smith. Smith says it does have the potential to be deadly.
 
Waiver will pause school rankings
Most Mississippi schools and districts will not receive new letter-grade accountability rankings this fall. Instead, they will keep the grade they received last fall, under a waiver granted Tuesday night by the United States Department of Education. The state's education department had requested the waiver to help schools making the transition to the Common Core State Standards, new guidelines for teaching reading and math that Mississippi will use fully next year. Encouraged to do so by the MDE, many schools began using the new standards this past school year in order to have more time to prepare for them. However, the state tests students took were based on the old state frameworks and not on Common Core. Since results of those tests are used to determine rankings, education leaders argued those rankings would not be a true measure.
 
Officials: Don't let forecast of quiet hurricane season get your guard down, preparation key
Even though national forecasts predict this year's hurricane season -- which began Sunday -- will be quieter than usual, state emergency officials say it's as important as ever to be prepared. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham made rounds this week for a media campaign to tell residents to keep their guard up. "I don't want it to drop off our radar," he said. "The (forecast) science is so imperfect. I want our citizens to be prepared." Latham said he's not comfortable with Mississippians' current level of preparedness, and he worries about those who've recently moved to the Gulf Coast and who have never been through a hurricane.
 
MDOT: Budget Not Enough To Keep Up With Needs
Officials with the Mississippi Department of transportation say they are billions of dollars behind in needed repairs and their current budget is not enough to fix all the broken down roads and bridges. Leaders of MDOT say since the state's gas tax has not been increased in 27 years, they are woefully short of the resources they need to maintain and expand the state's infrastructure.
 
Area voter turnout less than 20 percent
Mississippi's primary election may have been a hot topic around the country, but that buzz didn't translate into heaving turnout at the polls. Combined voter turnout in Tuesday's primary elections was less than 20 percent in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties. Oktibbeha County had the highest turnout of the four counties with 5,791 of 25,710 registered voters going to the polls for a turnout rate of 22.5 percent. On June 24, voters will have another opportunity to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel each failed to obtain a 50-percent-plus-one majority vote after all state precincts reported their tallies, forcing a runoff on June 24.
 
Campaigns analyze margins, money, message
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran needs a large, broad turnout in a June 24 runoff --- a steep hill, since runoffs are typically parochial with low turnout. Challenger Chris McDaniel needs his blue collar and tea party base of voters in his strongholds to turn out strong again. They still appear fired up and ready. Both Republican U.S. Senate campaigns need money, lots of it fast, or outside groups willing to spend on their behalf. As the two campaigns analyzed Tuesday's voting -- in which they fought to nearly a draw -- and plotted strategy moving forward, most prognoses had the runoff tilted in McDaniel's favor.
 
Runoff campaign underway
The campaigns of Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel seemed poised Wednesday to continue their bruising U.S. Senate campaign for three more weeks after neither candidate was able to garner a majority vote in Tuesday's Republican primary. Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, finding himself with fewer votes than his opponent for the first time in his political career, visited with customers at a suburban Chick-fil-A in Rankin County late Wednesday afternoon. Cochran attracted a group of reporters -- both local and national -- upon descending from his campaign bus at the restaurant and being asked about the runoff. Cochran, who was met with applause upon entering the restaurant, said the election is too important to both the state and the nation for him not to work hard.
 
McDaniel rep, others locked in courthouse
The Hinds County Sheriff's Department is investigating why three people, including a high-ranking Chris McDaniel campaign official, were found locked in the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson hours after an election official says the building was closed early Wednesday morning. Hinds County Sheriff's Department spokesman Othor Cain said investigators are trying to figure out how Janis Lane, Scott Brewster and Rob Chambers entered the courthouse. They were inside until about 3:45 a.m., Cain said. "There are conflicting stories from the three of them, which began to raise the red flag, and we're trying to get to the bottom of it," Cain said. "No official charges have been filed at this point, but we don't know where the investigation will lead us."
 
Mississippi GOP Senate primary: Thad Cochran allies gird for battle
Jolted by a brush with political oblivion in this week's Mississippi Senate primary, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and his top allies are regrouping -- and hunkering down for an arduous three-week runoff campaign against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran advisers and outside operatives supporting the campaign spent Wednesday huddled in closed-door meetings, assessing the path forward and beginning to lay out a strategy for the one-on-one race against their tea party opponent. Acknowledging that they face a difficult fight against McDaniel, Cochran allies sketched out the beginnings of a plan to take on the 41-year-old litigator. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said it was essential for Mississippians to understand what McDaniel’s anti-government, anti-appropriation views would mean in practice.
 
Thad Cochran Allies Revamp Message for Runoff with Chris McDaniel
Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign and supporters have held separate strategy sessions in the state capital and on Capitol Hill to decipher a plan B for the longtime GOP senator, who heads to a runoff against his primary rival, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, in three weeks. Fundraising will be a key component for both Mississippi campaigns, whose war chests were depleted in the contentious fight that concluded with a near tie on Tuesday. Neither candidate reached the 50 percent threshold to avoid a June 24 runoff. Beyond that, according to a source with knowledge of the campaign's deliberations, the Cochran campaign intends to improve the retail side of its strategy in about 25 targeted counties, where -- with Tuesday's election results -- it now has a starting point for voter contact.
 
GOP Senate runoff in Mississippi raises chances for Democrat
As the cliffhanger Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi dragged toward a bitter runoff between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel, a new name ascended to center stage: Democrat Travis Childers. Childers, the former congressman who easily won his party's primary as a conservative Democrat, is poised to play a starring role in the Republican Party's new nightmare -- a prolonged GOP slugfest that gives Democrats a chance at what should safely be a Republican seat. Brian Perry, a GOP strategist whose Mississippi Conservatives PAC backed Cochran, warned that Childers "can win." Recent polls show that Cochran would easily beat Childers, but the outcome in a race with McDaniel is less certain.
 
Down to the bitter end in Mississippi
The nastiest primary fight in the nation is headed for a vicious finale as Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel begin a runoff that could have major repercussions on the battle for the Senate. Cochran's team said Wednesday they have no plans to change up their message, and think focusing on the turnout game could lead them to victory. They've been touting Cochran's seniority and what it brings to Mississippi, as well as knocking McDaniel for his out-of-state support. "We kinda like to fight in Mississippi. When people from out of state start telling people from Mississippi what to do, it just never works out really well," one Cochran strategist told The Hill.
 
Interest groups prepare cash stampede into Mississippi GOP contest
Mississippi's bracing for one of 2014's most intense and expensive political showdowns as well-heeled political interest groups from around the country invade the state trying to boost either Sen. Thad Cochran or rival Chris McDaniel. They fought to a near-draw Tuesday in the state's Republican primary. Since neither appeared likely to win a majority, they're likely to duel again in a head-to-head runoff June 24. That means three more intense weeks of advocates pouring into Mississippi to blanket the airwaves with ads and bombard voters with phone calls and visits to their neighborhoods. The list of outside groups likely to keep up the pressure is a who's who of American political influence.
 
Democrats See a Break in a Gain for the Tea Party in Mississippi
It is a major headache for the national Republican Party and perhaps the biggest break Democrats have been handed in this difficult election year: a three-week runoff campaign in Mississippi between a party elder, Senator Thad Cochran, and the sometimes unpredictable Tea Party favorite, Chris McDaniel. Mr. McDaniel, whose showing in the primary on Tuesday forced the runoff and shook the Republican establishment, carries the kind of baggage the party is eager to shed as it seeks to win over female and minority voters: He threatened to leave the country rather than pay reparations for slavery and described trying to pick up Mexican women by calling them "mamacitas." He once dismissed a controversy over a wrestling video game in which a white woman holds down a black woman by shrugging, "Well, she wasn't holding down a gay guy."
 
Meet the Mississippi Man Who Just Cost Republican Donors Millions
Mississippians will have to keep watching Senate TV ads for the next three weeks, and the man who made it happen is not concerned. Former Realtor Thomas Carey, an afterthought in a heavily scrutinized Republican primary between Sen. Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel, won just a few thousand votes Tuesday night. But he siphoned off just enough support -- about 1.6 percent -- to keep either of the closely matched front-runners from reaching 50 percent, the threshold to win the Republican nomination. In a primary-day interview, Carey expressed no preference between McDaniel and Cochran and said he didn't plan to vote for either of them in a runoff. "I believe the Lord called me to do this," he said. "Not literally, but he woke me up a lot of times in the middle of the night."
 
Analysis: Mississippi's Pine Belt, a key in elections, has anti-government history
The Pine Belt, the region north of the Coast that propelled state Sen. Chris McDaniel into a June 24 runoff with U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and ended Gene Taylor's comeback bid, can be described in a single word -- independent. "There is a strain of, uh -- I'm not going to call it contrariness -- I'll call it independence," said Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole, who has a farm in Ovett in Jones County, the heart of the Pine Belt and also McDaniel's home. "A notion of self-reliance and independence has characterized the Piney Woods region of our state since the beginnings of Mississippi." It's fertile ground for candidates such as McDaniel and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo and their conservative messages.
 
Some black Democrats supported GOP's Cochran
Black Mississippians who may usually vote Democratic are trying to swing a primary victory toward six-term incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran by casting ballots in their state's GOP primary. Their support in Tuesday's election couldn't get Cochran out of a June 24 runoff with TEA Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel. But without it, Cochran may not have garnered enough votes to survive to a runoff for a seat Republicans are favored to win. No one knows how many black Democrats or independents crossed party lines to vote in the GOP primary. Mississippi's primary system is open, meaning voters of any party could participate. But it was clear some did, for various reasons.
 
Taylor concedes 4th District House race; unlikely to run again
U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo secured victory in the Republican primary Wednesday afternoon when it became clear Gene Taylor, the former 4th District representative, would not gain enough ground to force a runoff. Taylor, who is from Bay St. Louis, said he called to congratulate Palazzo on Wednesday afternoon. "We accomplished a lot in less than 100 days, but obviously not enough," said Taylor, a Democrat when he lost the office in 2010 to Palazzo. Taylor prevailed in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson and Stone counties, but Palazzo carried 10 others in the 4th District. Taylor said he would never say never, but he is unlikely to run for the House again.
 
Grocers mistakenly cite defunct law, refuse beer sales
Confusion over state and local rules regulating alcohol stiffed some residents out of a cold brew, and likely cut into store profits, this Election Day. Several grocers in Mississippi refused to sell beer and light wine on Tuesday, citing an old state law had been repealed some two decades ago and which never had applied to low-alcohol content beverages anyway. Only municipalities can restrict election-day beer sales, not the state, according to the Mississippi Department of Revenue's Alcoholic Beverage Control division. The Clarion-Ledger checked the ordinances of 25 cities and found only one -- Brandon -- that bans election-day beer sales. Yet stores in at least two communities without such bans prohibited customers from purchasing their beverages.
 
U. of Southern Mississippi receives MDOT check for pathway
The University of Southern Mississippi will construct another pedestrian pathway on its Hattiesburg campus, thanks to a "healthy check" from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King presented a $683,560 check to President Rodney Bennett and Physical Plant Director Chris Crenshaw Wednesday morning at the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building. "I'm always happy when the commissioner comes to campus because he normally brings us a good, healthy check," joked Bennett during the check presentation. The pathway will run 1,400 feet from the new Scianna Hall facing U.S. 49 to Pride Field.
 
High-tech system installed at Toomer's Corner
The trees that will be planted at Toomer's Corner in early 2015 will grow in a high-tech environment designed to help them survive. According to a release from Auburn University, construction crews have installed an underground structural system called Silva Cells, which supports root growth, provides storm water management and reduce soil compaction. "In general, they provide more room, more uncompacted soil and room for the tree roots to grow and spread," said Ben Burmester, Auburn campus planner. Mike Clardy, director of communications and marketing at Auburn, said the Silva Cells installation at Toomer's Corner is the first in the state.
 
U. of Florida researchers report breakthrough in citrus disease
A pair of UF researchers united in marriage and science have successfully treated citrus greening using a chemical used to treat gout in humans -- bringing science a little closer to putting an end to a disease that has plagued Florida for nearly a decade. Claudio Gonzalez and Graciela Lorca, a husband-and-wife team of associate professors in the UF Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, discovered that benzbromarone killed the bacteria that causes citrus greening under lab conditions. They and their research team sprayed infected citrus shoots with the benzbromarone to see if it killed a specific protein in the bacteria that causes citrus greening, Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus.
 
UGA course teaches school chefs about improved nutrition goals
Twenty school nutrition managers from throughout the state are participating in a special kind of cooking school on the University of Georgia campus this week. Called "School Nutrition Culinary Institute I," the course is open to just 40 of the state's thousands of school nutrition managers per year, 20 this week and 20 next week. If they're lucky, in a few years they'll get to take another week-long course, scheduled later this month for two different groups of students on the campus of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Georgia school cafeterias serve about 1.5 million meals per year, sixth in the nation, according to the Georgia Department of Education.
 
Disunited Front on Ratings Plans
Hardly anybody in higher education seems to like the Obama administration's proposed ratings system. But college leaders are certainly not united in their views about the appropriate role for the federal government in holding institutions accountable. In the eight months since the president first announced his ratings idea, colleges of all sorts have questioned -- if not blasted -- the proposal. As administration officials prepare for a fall release of a ratings framework, few college leaders are cheering them on. But for all that apparent unity, the various sectors of higher education have taken sometimes strikingly different positions on some of the questions raised by the plan, in ways that are likely to put them at odds with each other in the coming months.
 
E.J. DIONNE (OPINION): In Mississippi, a love-hate relationship with federal spending
Columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. writes in the Washington Post: "Can you hate the federal government but love the money it spends on you? The electoral earthquake that was Mississippi's Republican Senate primary has pushed this question to the forefront of U.S. politics. ...As it became clear late Tuesday night that Cochran would fall short, Stuart Stevens, one of the GOP's top political consultants and a Cochran loyalist, previewed for reporters a line of inquiry that will be familiar to liberals. McDaniel, Stevens said, 'is always talking about cutting spending. No one has ever asked Chris McDaniel what he's going to cut.' Stevens added: 'Is he going to cut community colleges in his district? Is he going to cut highway funds to his district?'"


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Mississippi State continues to see new highs in revenue
Mississippi State set new highs nearly across the board in terms of revenue in 2013 according to a USA Today report released Wednesday. The report showed Mississippi State produced $62,764,025 in revenue in 2013, which ranked 50th in the country. Its total expenses were $57,362,224. That leaves a net of $5,401,801. The report only included public institutions. MSU saw revenue increases in ticket sales, rights and licensing as well as "other" departments. Mississippi State created more than $11.4 million in revenue in tickets, up from $11.3 in 2013. It's the fourth straight season ticket revenue increased.
 
Bracewell, Pirtle thank Mississippi State fans
Some of the Mississippi State baseball team's seniors thanked the MSU fans on Twitter following the squad's season-ending loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Last season, MSU first baseman Wes Rea sent fans a thank you via a notepad on his iPhone that Twitter delivered the morning after the College World Series championship series. On Tuesday, senior co-captain Ben Bracewell wrote a notepad thank you letter to the fans that was distributed to his 2,969 Twitter followers. In a note to "Bulldogs fans," Bracewell wrote, "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making my five years at MSU a truly unforgettable experience."
 
Mississippi State Vickerson finds his stroke late in the season
Jake Vickerson saw 25 points drop off his batting average in 13 games --- a span in which he tallied three hits. It was a steady decline that began at the start of the Southeastern Conference season. Heading into the season-finale at Alabama, Vickerson's average had dropped 59 points in the 30 games since MSU played its first conference opponent in Georgia. Yet nearly every day, MSU coach John Cohen wrote his name in the lineup. "He's just working on his stroke all the time," Cohen. "He's trying to take the ball out of the air and he's done a great job with that." Vickerson finished the season with 10 hits in his final 10 games since returning home to play Alabama.
 
Mississippi State's Ray adds former Clemson player as graduate assistant
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray has brought one of his favorite players from his time at Clemson to Starkville. As soon as he's accepted into graduate school at MSU, Tanner Smith will join the MSU coaching staff as a graduate assistant this fall. As a Clemson senior in 2011-12, Smith was the only player in the Atlantic Coast Conference to average at least 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game. He was one of a handful of four-time All-ACC academic selections. "After playing for 20 years, I have decided to retire from basketball. It hasn't been an easy decision, but God has called me to begin my coaching career," Smith wrote on Facebook this week. "This calling has led me to Mississippi State, where my passion for people and for basketball will meet hand in hand."
 
State Am will test Dancing Rabbit
Look for Dancing Rabbit to quickly separate the contenders from pretenders in this week's Mississippi Golf Association State Amateur. The 7,000-yard "shot-makers" course in Philadelphia will greet a field of 152 competitors today, including defending champion Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs, who won last year at Grand Bear in Saucier, and 2011, 2012 champion Clay Homan of Starkville. Homan, Mississippi State's golf coach, knows how tough Dancing Rabbit can be. He double bogeyed the final hole there in the 2006 State Amateur and lost. "You have to avoid the bunkers," Homan said. "You have to drive the fairways. The (bent grass) greens are usually not very fast, so you can be more aggressive at the pins. The longer players will have a chance to win. I feel there will 10 to 15 guys with a chance to win it."
 
LOGAN LOWERY (OPINION): Save your money for Omaha instead
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal's Logan Lowery writes: "For any Ole Miss fans still on the fence on whether to attend the Lafayette Super Regional this weekend, my advice is to stay home and watch it on television. Save your money and vacation days, because if the Rebels are able to make their first trip to the College World Series since 1972, you're going to need both. And I would know -- last year I was in Omaha for 13 days to cover five Mississippi State games. Having just spent six days in Lafayette, La., covering the Bulldogs, I can tell you it's an experience that I hope not to repeat anytime soon. ...my experience during last week's regional was hands down the worst of any of the eight I have covered in my career. It made me question if the NCAA's policy to grant a host site should be based on performance alone."
 
Explaining big jump in Ole Miss' expenses, revenue
Astute Ole Miss fans will remember that Ole Miss reported around $51 million in revenues for 2012. They may have had quite a bit of shock when they looked at today's USA Today database and saw Ole Miss at $73,390,050. So what the heck happened to cause a $22 million jump in revenue? Nothing, except for the way Ole Miss reported its numbers. For years Ole MIss had not reported the complete picture, namely what the athletics foundation brings in and spends. That created a totally legal picture (the foundation is private, and exempt from FOIA laws) but still one that was incomplete. A new administration got around to thinking about that decision, and decided to make a change.
 
Report shows Auburn's salary pool rising as athletics department draws $103.7 million in revenue
Auburn spent a record $34.7 million on coaches' salaries but again managed to operate in the black financially as it finished 2013 with one of the highest revenue streams in the nation. Auburn's revenues hit $103.7 million in 2013, according to a USA TODAY database released Wednesday, to rank 13th nationally and fifth in the SEC. The athletics department spent $103.1 million for a difference of $554,196 in 2013. Auburn's revenue represents a drop of 2.1 percent from 2012, when the school pulled $105.9 million. The athletics department received $4.3 million in subsidies, representing 4.2 percent of its revenue, the fifth-highest percentage in the conference.



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