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Drones could help Mississippi farm industry
Mississippi State has started formulating how to best apply UAVs to its research capabilities, said David Shaw, the university's vice president for research and economic development. Already, cameras with filters that can detect fungus or disease that haven't yet discolored a crop have been developed. "You can be much more proactive," Shaw said. "And with what we call precision ag, it also allows you to manage a field in a specific location. Some of the research can blow your mind as far as the quality and how small the package is." The great unknown for the convergence of the agriculture and UAV industry is what kind of regulations the Federal Aviation Administration will eventually impose. The rules are due later this year.
 
Zacharias Awards Honor Dozen Staff Members at Mississippi State
Nine Mississippi State staff members on the Starkville campus and three serving at other locations around the state are winners of 2014 Donald W. Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards. The awards are a memorial to the university's 15th president, in whose 1985-97 administration the annual Staff Appreciation Day and the accompanying awards program were established. The awards program is organized by the MSU Staff Council.
 
The next transition: Phil Hardwick leaving the Stennis Institute
Few people can match Phil Hardwick's resume when it comes to diversity. Over his career, Hardwick has been a clerk, soldier, law enforcement officer, investigator, real estate consultant, author/columnist, community and economic developer and educator/trainer. On Sept. 1, Hardwick will begin yet another chapter in his eclectic career after stepping down as coordinator of capacity development at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State. Officially, it is a retirement, but Hardwick refuses to call it that. "I'm transitioning, not retiring," Hardwick said. "There are still a lot of things I want to do."
 
University to Host Trunk Show for Miss MSU Next Week
Laura Lee Lewis of Brookhaven, Miss Mississippi State University, will review her year and preview her competition wardrobe July 1 during a special campus program. Taking place in the Colvard Student Union's third-floor Fowlkes Auditorium, the 10 a.m. trunk show and following send-off reception are free and open to all. A junior elementary education major, Lewis is among 41 contestants in the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant taking place July 9-12 in Vicksburg. Her platform is titled "Mentoring Matters!" During the program, she will discuss mentoring she has done and perform her vocal talent.
 
Starkville School District projects slight millage increase for FY 2014-2015
Starkville School District officials project the system will require a 65.24-mill tax levy to operate under its Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget, a slight increase from FY 2012-2013's and FY 2013-2014's 62.96-mill rate. While school taxes could increase for the coming year, SSD projects the rate will drop to 64 mills in FY 2015-2016, the same year Oktibbeha County School District will merge with the city system, and drop to about 62 mills across the next four fiscal years. Tuesday's public hearing marked the first step needed toward finalizing the budget. Due to state-mandated consolidation with Oktibbeha County School District, enrollment projections are expected to jump from 4,274 students to 5,174 in 2015.
 
Highway 82-Highway 45 Alternate loop construction nears end
Eastbound travelers on Highway 82 who want to go to West Point or Tupelo will soon have an easier way to get on the road that takes them there. Construction on a Highway 45 Alternate northbound loop should be completed by early July, Mississippi Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Jason Scott said. The $1.56 million MDOT funded project will help solve a safety concern for motorists who currently have just one exit they can use to get on Highway 45 Alternate from Highway 82. "There's a lot of wrecks that happen there with the heavy truck traffic," Scott said.
 
Welfare drug testing law delayed
A new state law that had been set to take effect July 1 requiring possible drug testing of welfare recipients has been delayed at least until after a public hearing in late July. The Mississippi Department of Human Services agreed to a request to delay the implementation of House Bill 49, a law that would require Temporary Assistance to Needy Families applicants to complete a questionnaire and possibly be drug tested, until the end of a public hearing comment period. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mississippi Center for Justice made the request to delay the law taking effect, citing the Mississippi Administrative Procedure Law that states an agency is not permitted to adopt the law "until the period for making written submissions and oral presentations has expired."
 
Mississippi State professor shocked by Cochran win
The Republican primary may be over, but what happened Tuesday night will be talked about for some time to come. One Mississippi State University professor says the outcome was a shock. "Surprising. I had actually thought that Chris McDaniel would win in the runoffs seeing that he won 49.7 percent, 49.9 percent in the initial primary on June 3rd," said political science professor Rob Mellen Jr. The political observer says that we'll have to wait until the fall to see if the Republican Party will come together to support Cochran against his Democratic challenger Travis Childers. "I think ultimately when it comes down to the choice between Travis Childers as a Democrat and Thad Cochran as a Republican, you're going to see Republicans come home and vote for Thad Cochran in that election," he stated.
 
McDaniel not ready to concede
The contentious U.S. Senate Republican primary between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel may not be completely over yet. McDaniel, a second-term state senator from Ellisville, who narrowly lost Tuesday's runoff to Cochran, indicated late Wednesday he still is not conceding. "In the coming days, our team will look into the irregularities to determine whether a challenge is warranted," McDaniel said late Wednesday in a statement. "After we've examined the data, we will make a decision about whether and how to proceed." While Cochran is viewed as the heavy favorite in the November general election against Travis Childers, a former U.S. House member, some are beginning to worry that the contentious and costly primary could cause a split in the Republican Party, opening the door for the Democrat.
 
McDaniel still pondering challenge
The day after incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won the GOP primary runoff, challenger Chris McDaniel had not conceded and said his team would be looking at voting irregularities "in coming days" to determine whether to challenge the results. McDaniel's campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch, reached by phone late Wednesday morning, promptly hung up without answering questions about McDaniel's next move but later issued a written statement from McDaniel. McDaniel also appeared on the Sean Hannity radio show. Asked by Hannity whether he could support Cochran if he remains the nominee or mend fences with the state Republican establishment, McDaniel said he has been praying about it.
 
GOP establishment hails Cochran, unusual alliance
From Mississippi to the U.S. Capitol, mainstream Republicans expressed relief Wednesday at Sen. Thad Cochran's comeback primary victory over tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, highlighting anew the fissures between traditional GOP powers and challengers determined to pull the party further rightward. The lone Democrat in Mississippi's congressional delegation, meanwhile, said McDaniel should blame himself if he's upset about black voters affecting a GOP primary. "When you talk about government not having an obligation to its citizens and you use code words like 'they have lived off the government too long,'" said Rep. Bennie Thompson, "to the average black Mississippian, those code words bring up too much of the past.
 
Childers looks for debate with Cochran
Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Travis Childers of Booneville said he tried to call incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran on Wednesday after he won the contentious Republican primary runoff, but could not get through. Childers said he believes he eventually will get an opportunity to congratulate Cochran. "I want him to know I look forward to a civil debate about the issues and not personalities," he said. "I believe we will have that debate." On Wednesday, Childers was focused on Cochran. Some had suggested Childers would not make as much of an effort if Cochran, a sixth-term incumbent with traditionally broad general election support, survived a tough party primary challenge. But Childers did not sound like a candidate willing to concede anything.
 
Delta turnout surge hinged on grassroots efforts
Without the Mississippi Delta, Sen. Thad Cochran likely would not have won Tuesday night. The numbers tell the story. Vote totals surged an average of 39 percent from the June 3 primary to the runoff in the region's four most populous counties. On average, Cochran received 75 percent of the vote in Coahoma, Bolivar, Leflore and Washington counties. That was enough to roughly double Cochran's margin of victory in the Delta from the primary to the runoff. That increase combined with the unheard-of jump in Hinds County (nearly 7,500 more votes cast Tuesday than on June 3) to give Cochran a 6,373 vote lead out of 374,893 cast. The Deltans for Thad Facebook page was created June 6, three days after Cochran nearly lost to McDaniel. But, it was a more traditional approach that drove voters to the polls, said Greenwood's Bill Crump.
 
Blacks Regain Sway at Polls in Mississippi
For the first time since President Richard M. Nixon's divisive "Southern strategy" that sent whites to the Republican Party and blacks to the Democrats, African-American voters have come out in force for a Republican in the Deep South. Now they are hoping to flex political muscles long atrophied after supporting Senator Thad Cochran on Tuesday in his runoff victory against a Tea Party challenger. "We're in a moment here," said Floyd Smith, an African-American and a longtime political worker who canvassed Jackson's black precincts for Mr. Cochran. "Black folks went out and voted for a Republican. That's history." Cochran allies said the cross-party outreach was historic, significant and, they hoped, a sign of things to come.
 
For Cochran, black Democrats tipped the scales
In an e-mail sent late last week, the black Democratic mayor of Vicksburg, Miss., urged 2,000 supporters to vote Tuesday for Sen. Thad Cochran, crediting the Republican for securing federal money for key local projects and calling him one of the city's "best economic development tools." The voice of an African American state lawmaker was heard in a recorded phone call Tuesday asserting that Cochran stood between the state and a tea party conservative who would do away with government services. And full-page ads in black newspapers lauded the senator as a champion of historically black colleges. An intensive strategy over the past three weeks to draw black voters to the polls and spare Cochran from what once seemed like a certain defeat at the hands of a tea party challenger in Tuesday's GOP runoff appears to have worked.
 
GOP still faces war with tea party
The Republican Party establishment once again won a big battle, this time in Mississippi. But it's still facing a prolonged, bitter war with tea party insurgents. Tea party activists and rebellious conservative groups were fuming Wednesday over Sen. Thad Cochran's narrow win Tuesday over Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican Senate runoff election. Tea party activists on Wednesday used the Cochran win to sound warnings and energize their followers. They argued that McDaniel's 49.1 percent of the vote -- as well as his defiant vow to keep fighting -- showed the movement remains on the march. That attitude concerns Republican regulars.
 
Tea Party's Poll Setbacks Don't Limit Its Washington Clout
Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's runoff victory Tuesday exposed the limits of tea-party power at the polls, but conservative activists retain considerable influence in Congress as they fight the Export-Import Bank, an immigration law overhaul and higher taxes to repair bridges and roads. Mr. Cochran's narrow win over a tea-party-backed challenger, coming after the defeat of conservative activists in other primary elections this year, offered further proof that GOP leaders and their business allies have built a successful strategy to nominate candidates they believe give them the best odds to win in November. But the disconnect between tea-party election losses and the movement's continued power in Washington underscores deep divisions inside the GOP that show no sign of abating after a busy spring in which so-called establishment candidates won far more intraparty contests than they lost.
 
Travis Childers: The Democrats' best shot in Mississippi
Democrats were crossing their fingers that Chris McDaniel would be the Republican nominee in Mississippi. But since Sen. Thad Cochran has prevailed, they are trying to do the unthinkable -- unseat a six-term GOP senator. McDaniel might have been the better Republican for former Rep. Travis Childers to face in November, but now Democrats are banking on Cochran's strategy of trying to woo Democrats and blacks, which has upset tea party activists, to their advantage. For his part, Childers said he is prepared to take on the Mississippi Republican machine and recapture the black vote that went for Cochran in the primary runoff. He also wants to take a page out of the Cochran campaign's playbook --- expand the electorate.
 
Club for Growth Stumbles With Mississippi Senate Loss
The Club for Growth, a perpetual thorn in the side of many Republican operatives, took a hit Tuesday in Mississippi, where Sen. Thad Cochran survived a primary challenge despite a significant investment from the anti-tax group. The Club for Growth's super PAC arm spent $2.4 million against Cochran, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. That's a significant chunk of the $3.8 million it's expended so far this cycle against Republicans. What's more, the defeat of state Sen. Chris McDaniel means the club has now failed to topple arguably its top two GOP incumbent targets of the midterm cycle.
 
Emails: IRS official sought audit of GOP senator
Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012. The emails show former IRS official Lois Lerner mistakenly received an invitation to an event that was meant to go to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. The event organizer apparently offered to pay for Grassley's wife to attend the event. In an email to another IRS official, Lerner suggests referring the matter for an audit, saying it might be inappropriate for the group to pay for his wife. "Perhaps we should refer to exam?" Lerner wrote.
 
Supreme Court rules police cannot search smartphones without warrant
The Supreme Court brought the constitutional right of personal privacy into the digital era Wednesday, ruling unanimously that police may not search a smartphone or similar device without a warrant from a judge. The decision is the court's most sweeping and surprising criminal law opinion in years, and it is likely to put a significant check on the government's ability to routinely search other types of electronic devices, including laptops and tablets. Some parts of the opinion even cast doubt on the legality of the National Security Agency's routine collection of millions of phone records.
 
U.S. population growth tilts toward Asians
Slowing Hispanic immigration and birth rates are shifting the USA's growth toward Asians, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. For the second straight year, net immigration by Asians topped that of Hispanics, the agency reported. About 338,000 Asians immigrated to the USA in the 12 months ending July 1, 2013, up about 68% since the recession of 2007-09. About 244,000 Hispanics immigrated in that 12-month period, down about 60% from a peak that occurred in 2005-06, according to demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
 
Bringing Jobs Back to U.S. Is Bruising Task
Some small and midsize companies that brought manufacturing back to the U.S. in recent years have found it a bumpy road. Shortages of skilled workers are a common problem, as are difficulties navigating complex regulatory systems that govern modern American manufacturing. But there are other challenges as well. More than 80% of companies bringing work back to the U.S. have $200 million or less in sales, according to the Reshoring Initiative, a nonprofit that encourages companies to return production to the U.S. Many supply parts to bigger companies or, if they sell directly to consumers, are seeking to cut out lengthy supply chains from Asia. But big companies have the resources and experience to hopscotch around the globe. It's harder and riskier for small firms to do the same.
 
Bennett: USM employee accused of accessing personal information, 'violating trust' of university
An investigation has been launched at the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus to look into allegations that an employee accessed personal information of other employees on the campus. "At 4 p.m. yesterday, I received a briefing from the University Police Department at which time I was informed that an individual has violated the trust the University of Southern Mississippi places in its employees," USM President Rodney Bennett said in an email to faculty and staff this morning. Bennett said the staff member at the focus of the investigation has resigned.
 
Former USM employee under investigation
A former University of Southern Mississippi employee is the subject of a university police investigation that could lead to criminal charges. Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett said he received a briefing Tuesday from University Police Department officers about the inappropriate activity of a university employee that "violated the trust" of the university. Capt. Rusty Keyes of the University Police Department is leading the investigation. "I'm still looking into any possible criminal intent, and if we find that, that will be presented to the proper authorities of the Forrest County District Attorney's office," Keyes said.
 
Southern Miss strives to lessen environmental impact
As part of the Office of Sustainability's Climate Action Plan, The University of Southern Mississippi is working toward climate neutrality -- a net zero carbon footprint by 2050. The goal is to have zero impact on the environment from campus operations. According to Haley McMinn, assistant director of sustainability at Southern Miss, the vast majority of carbon emissions on campus come from building operations, large square footage and transportation.
 
Delta State launches the International Delta Blues Project
While the debate continues over the location of "The Crossroads" where legend has it that Robert Johnson made a pact with devil to become the greatest bluesman ever, Delta State University is looking to solidify the city of Cleveland as the place where the blues and academia intersect. DSU recently announced the establishment of the International Delta Blues Project, funded by a three-year, $598,000 grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. The public university is attempting to leverage its existing blues-related offerings to bring blues-related opportunities to not only its students, but also to Delta residents. "Delta State's vision of becoming the academic center for the blues is gaining traction," said DSU President William N. LaForge.
 
MGCCC renovating, adding wing to STEM building
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's board of trustees has approved a $5-million building project meant to boost STEM programs at the college's Jackson County Campus. The project, paid for with state and local funding, will renovate and add a new wing to the existing STEM building and will provide for 10,000 square feet of additional space to house classrooms and labs for additional STEM courses in science and pre-engineering. "Because we have strong partnerships with local industries, like Ingalls Shipbuilding and Chevron Corporation, where STEM skills are vital to their workforce, we want to make sure our students are prepared to work in those areas," said Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president.
 
Auburn University, city of Auburn team up to promote sustainability
The city of Auburn and Auburn University are working together to implement elements of the city's upcoming Downtown Master Plan and several other downtown-related projects, as part of the one-year, grant-assisted Urban Sustainability Accelerator program of Portland State University. Throughout the year, city and university officials will coordinate with experts affiliated with the program on downtown alleyway improvements, the intersection of Samford Avenue and College Street, parking improvements, pedestrian safety enhancements along South College Street downtown, rain gardens and a feasibility study of the daylighting of local streams. Other projects may emerge.
 
Adjuncts plentiful at U. of Florida journalism school for good reason, dean says
The number of part-time adjunct lecturers nosed out the number of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty teaching at the University Florida College of Journalism and Communications during spring semester. That concerns Wayne Wanta, who chairs the journalism department and sits on the board of the national Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, which sets standards for and reviews journalism schools of higher education every seven years. "Our adjuncts are doing an excellent job," Wanta said. "It's just that technically, according to the accrediting standards, we are in non-compliance."
 
Author James Patterson Expands U. of Arkansas Scholarships
Bestselling author James Patterson has given more money for scholarships for education students at the University of Arkansas. The university announced Wednesday that Patterson has created an additional eight teacher-education scholarships at UA. Last year, the author established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship for eight incoming freshmen planning to major in elementary education. The additional gift from Patterson brings the total for the upcoming year to $96,000.
 
Vanderbilt seeks to block subpoena in rape case
Vanderbilt University on Wednesday filed a motion to quash a subpoena seeking medical and student records in the high-profile rape of an unconscious student there last summer. The motion says requests by one of four suspects accused in the June 23, 2013, rape of a student are "unreasonable or oppressive" and would violate medical and student privacy laws. In addition, it says the university was served the subpoena only on Tuesday and was expected to provide numerous documents at a hearing on Monday.
 
Texas A&M's Association of Former Students celebrating 135 years
For more than a century, the history and traditions of Texas A&M have followed students into life after Aggieland, says Porter Garner III, president and CEO of The Association of Former Students. The alumni organization is celebrating its 135th anniversary on Thursday and Garner, class of 1979, said it's true that there's a spirit that can never be told -- you just have to experience it. "The key asset is that Texas A&M has attracted students that want to be connected. In the past three or four decades a lot of students have come here because of the legend of Texas A&M and the Aggie Network," he said.
 
U. of Missouri, Extension join EPA task force on watershed issue
The Environmental Protection Agency has tapped 12 land-grant universities, including the University of Missouri, from states along the Mississippi River to help in an ongoing effort to decrease pollution running into the river. The EPA requested help from one researcher and one person from each school's extension in an effort to collect input from all parts of each state. At MU, that researcher is Jason Hubbart, assistant professor of forest hydrology and water quality. The MU Extension representative is Bob Broz, Extension water quality program director. The task force has worked for decades to address the damage to wildlife because of nutrient-filled runoff, primarily from fertilizer used in agriculture, flowing into the river and ultimately the Gulf.
 
U. of Missouri System will feel the pinch of governor's budget cuts
The $1.1 billion in state budget cuts and withholdings announced by Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday could put a serious dent in the University of Missouri's building plans for the coming year. The governor vetoed $620,000 for a new psychiatric residency program at MU as well as $2.8 million for a new fine and performing arts facilities and $1.5 million for a teaching and research winery addition on campus. Two other building projects at MU were put on hold. University of Missouri System spokesman John Fougere said all those projects together, which he called "pressing," would have boosted the state economy by creating about 2,000 jobs and educating future professionals. UM has raised more than $35 million in private donations for the five projects combined, covering about half the cost, Fougere said.
 
College Lawyers Confront a Thicket of Rules on Sexual Assault
Lawyers representing colleges have a host of worries about if and how their institutions can possibly meet a burgeoning list of federal rules for dealing with sexual violence on campuses. The new, and still evolving, laws and guidelines have set off a scramble at institutions across the country. Colleges that can afford it are hiring staff members to investigate and help resolve sexual-assault complaints. Smaller institutions that may not be able to afford to hire their own staff are pondering alternatives, such as collaborating with other colleges. Nearly every institution is poring over its policies and procedures for how to manage cases of sexual violence.
 
OUR VIEW: On the cutting edge with Aurora Flight Sciences
The Dispatch editorializes: "It's not often that Mississippi finds itself on the cutting edge. ... There are exceptions, though. In fact, we have a wonderful example of that in our own back yard here in Lowndes County. Tuesday, Greg Stewart spoke to the Columbus Rotary Club to give the membership a glimpse of what Aurora Flight Sciences is up to these days, which is to say, an awful lot. ... Stewart spoke enthusiastically about his company's leading role in the development of unpiloted aircraft, more commonly known as drones. Aurora has developed or is developing three versions of this technology, which allows for a wide range of applications, both military/law enforcement (surveillance, reconnaissance) and commercial (agriculture, the prime example)."
 
OUR OPINION: Cochran revisits coalition politics in race for Senate
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal editorializes: "Sen. Thad Cochran's extraordinary come-from-behind victory in Tuesday's Republican U.S. senatorial primary over state Sen. Chris McDaniel proved wrong the political pundits nationwide who declared Cochran politically dead after trailing by 1,418 votes in the June 3 first primary. It was thrown to a runoff by a third candidate's votes depriving front-runner McDaniel of a majority. ...Cochran's strong majority votes in two university counties -- Lafayette and Oktibbeha -- measure the concern with which many residents viewed McDaniel's earlier stated opposition to federal education funding, including university research and capital funds."
 
DAVID HAWKINGS (OPINION): Cochran Appropriations Power Could be Tea Party's Worst Nightmare
Roll Call's David Hawkings writes: "A congressional dead man walking just days ago, Thad Cochran has instead become one of the most influential players in the coming Congress. The senator who looked to become the tea party movement's biggest scalp of 2014 is now in position to be the small government conservatives' worst nightmare of 2015. Cochran's upset runoff victory has made him a totally safe bet for a seventh term, and also increased by a small notch the prospect that he and his fellow Republicans could win control of the Senate this fall. If that happens, Cochran has not only the seniority but also the vanquished victor's clout necessary to claim the chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee -- where he would surely restore some of the spend-along-to-get-along spirit of bipartisan collegiality that drives insurgents on the right absolutely nuts."
 
SID SALTER (OPINION): Will elections shift to outside spending model?
Syndicated columnist Sid Salter writes: "We just witnessed a Republican U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel that ran up a tab north of $17 million. More than $11.6 million of that total came in the form of outside spending. That was in a party primary, folks. That takes Mississippi into uncharted campaign finance waters. ...With statewide elections looming in 2015, what is the future of campaign finance for statewide races?"


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MSU catcher Garner will transfer to juco
Rising sophomore Daniel Garner will transfer from Mississippi State to Shelton State (Ala.) Community College. Garner has been part of the Bulldogs program for the past two seasons after redshirting in 2013. He appeared in 24 games this past spring hitting .273 with three doubles and five runs batted in. The six-foot, 214-pounder from Madison, Alabama, was listed as a catcher but all 10 of his starts were as a designated hitter. Garner had been practicing as a first baseman as well.
 
Tight end Samuel no longer with MSU football team
Tight end Artimas Samuel is no longer part of the Mississippi State football team. Samuel appeared in the final seven games last season and started in the Liberty Bowl. He hauled in four passes for 47 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown against Rice. The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder from Columbus, Georgia, would have been a sophomore this fall. Samuel missed the final few weeks of spring practice for undisclosed reasons.
 
Ole Miss' Golson arrested for disorderly conduct
Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson was arrested early Sunday by Gautier police on a charge of disorderly conduct. Gautier Police Department spokesman Jerry Cooksey said Wednesday that Golson was picked up at 4:50 a.m. Sunday morning on Chestwood Drive. Golson's court date is set for July 28 at Gautier Municipal Court. Golson is a former Pascagoula football star entering his senior season at Ole Miss.
 
Star power: Vanderbilt is the national champion
The moment Vanderbilt fans have dreamed about their entire lives became a reality on Wednesday evening. For the first time in Vanderbilt men's athletics history, thanks to John Norwood's eighth-inning home run, the Commodores are national champions, after a 3-2 win over Virginia. The Commodores' postgame celebration at the College World Series was fitting of the occasion. Players, coaches and administrators spent more than an hour on the field at TD Ameritrade Park after the game was over. They didn't want to leave. It was their dream, too.
 
Georgia, Notre Dame announce home-and-home football matchup
Georgia and Notre Dame play a two-game football series beginning in 2017, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity announced Wednesday. Georgia will travel to South Bend on Sept. 9, 2017. The teams play in Athens on Sept. 21, 2019. "It presents opportunities the institution has never experienced before," McGarity said. "It's an opportunity for our fans and our student athletes to be able to play in one of the more storied, traditional facilities and venues in college football, so I think that presents a level of excitement."



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