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Mississippi State President Heads Back to High School
The president of Mississippi State University took time Thursday to encourage high school students in our area to plan for their future -- and live a life marked by integrity and honesty. Dr. Mark Keenum was at Tupelo High School Thursday as part of career day. Keenum reminded students of the rapidly changing world, along with advances in technology, which will create many career opportunities in the future. He said it's important for young people to realize that what they do as young adults has an impact on the rest of their lives.
Students statewide compete in Dawg Bytes at Mississippi State
Students from 14 Mississippi high schools converged on the Mississippi State University campus Wednesday for a technology competition. The third annual Digital Dawg Byte high school technology competition, sponsored by the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, showcased MSU's assets to students while testing their technical knowledge, skills and creativity. ISWD Department Head Connie Ford said she started the program as a way to encourage participants to consider attending Mississippi State and introduce them to the department's programs and the university as a whole. "When students come on campus, they're more likely to decide to attend college," Forde said. "And it provides a service project for us. All of our programs are about technology, so we thought, 'Let's have a high school technology competition.'" In the three years since the program was started, participation has grown from about 60 students from six area schools to about 330 students from across the state.
Heath Barret named interim CEO at Greater Starkville Development Partnership
Heath Barret, Greater Starkville Development Partnership's director of membership development, will lead the organization as its board of directors searches for a new chief executive officer. GSDP Board Chairperson Michelle Amos confirmed Barret's appointment as interim CEO Wednesday in an email to Partnership constituents. Previous CEO Jennifer Gregory resigned her post prior to Tuesday's board meeting, having served in that capacity for almost four years. Barret joined the GSDP in 2013 after working with Mississippi State University's Department of Admissions and Scholarships for seven years. His primary focus at the GSDP revolved around chamber of commerce issues, including membership recruitment, retention, other planning efforts and goal implementation. The Partnership will host its annual harvest festival, Pumpkinpalooza, on Main Street from 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Little change in unemployment rates in Golden Triangle
Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties bucked the unemployment trend for the Golden Triangle and the state, showing a modest decline in unemployment for the month of September, according to monthly data the Mississippi Department of Employment Security released Wednesday. Oktibbeha County's jobless rate for September was estimated at 5.3 percent, down 0.3 percent from August. The unemployment rate in Noxubee County fell from 8.0 percent in August to 7.7 percent in September. The jobless rate in Lowndes County ticked up by 0.1 percent to 6 percent, while the rate in Clay County increased by 0.2 percent to 8 percent.
Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes
Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South. The very worst conditions -- what forecasters call "exceptional drought" -- are in the mountains of northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, a region known for its thick green forests, waterfalls and red clay soil. The drought has spread from these mountains onto the Piedmont plateau, down to the plains and across 13 southern states, from Oklahoma and Texas to Florida and Virginia, putting about 33 million people in drought conditions, according to Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor. Some of the South's best known crops have largely escaped damage. AFor sweet potatoes, the drought has been both good and bad: Hard ground can damage skin and lead to rot in stored tubers, but they also start curing in the ground when it’s really dry, which means “they’re really sweet,” said Sylvia Clark, secretary of the Mississippi Sweet Potato Association.
State economists lower growth forecast for rest of year
Mississippi's state economists have pulled back on an already-weak economic forecast for the rest of 2016, projecting that the state's economy will grow only 1.5 percent instead of the 1.6 percent previously predicted. The new report from state economists includes at least some good news on jobs, forecasting a 1 percent increase in payroll employment for the remainder of the year. If this occurs, it would be only the second annual increase in employment in Mississippi of 1 percent or more since 1999. Last year showed a 1.2 percent increase. While the "Mississippi Economic Outlook" from the University Research Center of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning trims the state's economic growth by .01 percent for the rest of the year, the 1.5 percent growth it predicts would be the first increases in real GDP in Mississippi in consecutive years since 2008.
First look at what could become the new education funding formula
The House and Senate Education Committees on Thursday heard from EdBuild CEO Rebecca Sibilia, who could become one of the most influential people deciding how schools will be funded in the state. The Republican legislative leadership announced earlier this month it would hire her New Jersey-based nonprofit to review and make recommendations about the state's current funding formula, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.In her first presentation at the Capitol, Sibilia repeatedly said EdBuild believes in a "student-based formula," or one that determines a base student cost for a regular student then adds additional funds for students with certain needs or circumstances. These can include academic status, economic status and any special education requirements, among others.
Clinton fails to contain the damage from email leaks
Hillary Clinton has failed to effectively contain the damage from the release of thousands of campaign chairman John Podesta's personal emails, giving new ammunition to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The fallout from the daily releases have raised concerns among Democrats that even if Clinton is elected president, the controversy will follow her into the White House. The Clinton campaign has refused to confirm the authenticity of the emails and has sought to cast doubt on them at every turn, noting that the exchanges were stolen by Russian hackers and could have been doctored. They have sought to deflect attention from the contents of the emails by describing the hacks as an unprecedented interference in the U.S. election by foreign adversaries that threatens the nation's sovereignty. None of it has been enough to staunch the daily flow of new emails published by Wikileaks, or the media's interest in the contents of the emails. Instead, interest appears to be ramping up over the final two weeks before Election Day.
FCC passes sweeping rules to protect online privacy
Federal regulators have approved unprecedented new rules to ensure broadband providers do not abuse their customers' app usage and browsing history, mobile location data and other sensitive personal information generated while using the Internet. The rules, passed Thursday in a 3-to-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission, require Internet providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, to obtain their customers' explicit consent before using or sharing that behavioral data with third parties, such as marketing firms. "It's the consumers' information," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. "How it is used should be the consumers' choice. Not the choice of some corporate algorithm."
In 2016 election, a division over what 'corrupt' means
In the hyperpolarized world of the 2016 election, one of the best markers of political division may be a single word: "corrupt." Donald Trump uses it and its offshoots -- "corruption," "corrupted" -- a lot. He'll begin by referring to specific Hillary Clinton activities he charges are corrupt, such as her use of a private email server as secretary of State, and then expand it to cover much of what occurs day-to-day in Washington. Some of this is pure partisanship, of course. But there's a deeper division over what corruption means. To the Clinton campaign, to establishment Democrats at large, to many anti-Trump Republicans, and to much of official Washington, "corrupt" largely refers to facts. To populists -- the insurgent wing of the GOP, some of the Democratic left, and others historically suspicious of established authority, it's more of a feeling that something about the system is fundamentally flawed.
Game Day Safety in Residence Halls at UM
In 2014, Ole Miss was ranked the second safest school in the Southeastern Conference and the 17th safest school in the country by University Primetime. Ole Miss is one of the few universities that requires guests to sign into the residence halls with a form of ID and checkout before a designated time. Students' safety is a main priority of the Ole Miss Housing Department. On game days, community assistants and community desk assistants working in the residence halls experience a large flow of visitors. Hannah Lucas, a freshman community desk assistant, said checking visitors in and out of the building can be daunting. A common issue residence halls have with students on game days is alcohol. Abby Crunk, a freshman community desk assistant, said it is not uncommon to see students visibly intoxicated in the residence halls on game days, despite the university's strict no-alcohol policy in the buildings.
Former U.S. Ed Secretary Rod Paige interested in Jackson State post
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said Thursday he is interested in serving as interim president at his alma mater, Jackson State University. Paige, 83, has been mentioned by many JSU alums and supporters as a leading choice to replace, at least in the interim, outgoing JSU President Carolyn Meyers, who announced this week she is resigning effective Nov. 1. At least two others have also been discussed as possible choices to lead the school after Meyers leaves. Meyers didn't give a reason for resigning, but it comes amid questions about the school's finances. The state College Board has hired a firm to examine JSU's finances in the wake of dwindling cash reserves. Others who have been mentioned for the job of interim president include former JSU Provost James Renick, who was brought in by Meyers, but resigned his position; and Elayne Hayes-Anthony, who was named chairwoman of JSU's Department of Mass Communications last year. The department has now become the School of Journalism and Media Studies.
Diversity chief search proceeds at U. of Alabama
The University of Alabama plans to post a job listing for a new chief diversity and inclusion officer in the next couple of weeks. The job will be advertised for 30 days, and, once that period has ended, a 15-member search committee of UA faculty, staff and students will begin to screen and review candidates, according to Monica Grepin Watts, vice president for communications. The new position, announced by UA President Stuart Bell last year, is expected to be a senior administrator able to work with faculty staff and students, though where the office would be in the university's organizational chart has yet to be announced. The committee, which is being assisted in the nationwide search by the firm Desir Group, met for the first time on Oct. 21. The research and consulting firm Halualani and Associates, which was commissioned by UA to map exiting diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, will help lay the groundwork for the new position.
U. of Kentucky says newspaper stories have hurt sexual assault reporting but experts disagree
University of Kentucky officials claim in new court filings that stories in its student newspaper about alleged sexual harassment and assault by an associate professor have made students afraid to report such assaults, a claim one journalism group called a "shameful manipulation." According to the court filing, 59 people reported some kind of sexual assault to UK's Violence Intervention and Prevention Center between July and October 2015. This fall, the number had fallen to 38 as of Oct 26. That surprises Kentucky Kernel Editor Marjorie Kirk, who wrote the stories about how James Harwood, an associate entomology professor who resigned from UK in February in the midst of a sexual harassment investigation against him, faced no disciplinary action by UK and was paid through August. "I've seen the opposite effect," Kirk said. "I've had more people come to me to tell their stories because they're distrustful of the university and how it handles assault."
Bernie Sanders-inspired group urges defeat of Louisiana tuition amendment
A new group that stemmed from the Democratic presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders is urging his Louisiana backers to oppose a constitutional amendment that would allow colleges and universities to raise tuition rates, officials said Thursday. The issue surfaced during a meeting of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, which like other higher education groups backs the Nov. 8 proposal -- Constitutional Amendment 2. Rachel Kincaid, vice president of external affairs, told the board that Sanders and his team are urging defeat of the measure. "We just know that he sent out a message to his constituents to vote against it," Kincaid said after the meeting. Hours later a spokesman for the Vermont senator said Sanders himself has not weighed in on the topic. However, a Sanders-inspired group called Our Revolution opposed the tuition plan on its list of ballot measures nationwide.
UGA's College of Environment and Design ranked in top 10 nationally
The University of Georgia College of Environment and Design earned top 10 rankings in four categories in DesignIntelligence magazine's 2016-17 edition of America's Best Architecture and Design Schools. "These latest rankings reaffirm the quality our College of Environment and Design and just how innovative its degree programs are," said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "Thanks to the college's extraordinary faculty, its students graduate ready to help create a more sustainable future." In the landscape architecture program, UGA's undergraduate program ranked fifth in the nation and its graduate program ranked ninth.
U. of Florida backs away from taking over Orlando research facility
The University of Florida is stepping back from its efforts to take over the Orlando facility of a medical research organization that had received more than $350 million in public and private incentives. University officials said in a statement this week that they were unable to proceed with taking over the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. In a statement university officials say it's unclear how UF could help in a timely manner, especially given the likely need for legislative approval. The University of Florida recently spent $50,000 investigating whether former President Bernie Machen had a conflict of interest by influencing a deal between UF and the Orlando-based science institute.
U. of Florida, grad assistants agree on stipends
The University of Florida and its graduate assistants union tentatively agreed Wednesday on a compensation deal for graduate students who work as teaching or research assistants. Starting January 2017, graduate assistants' stipends will increase by $290, and they will receive $60 in fee rebates. The minimum stipend for students working half-time for nine months will increase by $2,000, to $15,000. UF Graduate Assistants United said members will vote on ratifying the deal, likely in November.
U. of South Carolina, neighbors strike deal to build south campus project
Promising to curb traffic congestion, police students' off-campus behavior and to give neighbors more say in future developments, the University of South Carolina has won over neighborhood leaders for its plans for a massive student housing village on the south side of USC's downtown Columbia campus. USC made the promises during yearlong negotiations with seven neighborhood leaders. Those leaders said area neighborhoods were concerned about the possible consequences – namely in increased traffic and poor student behavior – of tripling the number of students living nearby. With the leaders' blessing, however, USC on Thursday unveiled its revised plan to transform 18 acres on the dilapidated south side of its campus into a 3,700-bed "Campus Village" bordered by Pickens, Heyward and Sumter streets.
Police: Texas A&M student crashed into patrol car while sending topless selfie to boyfriend
A Texas A&M student was arrested Wednesday night after authorities said she crashed her vehicle into the back of a parked Bryan police car. According to the police report, the woman told the officer she was sending a Snapchat picture to her boyfriend just before the crash. The officer wrote in the report that he had parked his patrol vehicle in the southbound outside lane in the 2500 block of East Villa Maria Road with the rear emergency lights on while he investigated a disturbance call. While interviewing people related to that call, a sport utility vehicle crashed into the rear of the patrol car around 8:30 p.m., the report says. As the officer approached the SUV, he observed Miranda Kay Rader with her bra unfastened trying to put her shirt back on. Rader also had an open bottle of wine in the vehicle, the report says.
The Tricky Task of Teaching About Trump
Regardless of how Donald J. Trump fares on Election Day, he will have profoundly altered not just American politics, but also the way many American professors teach political science. The Republican presidential nominee's willingness to flout accepted limits of campaign rhetoric -- with talk, for example, of refusing to accept defeat or of jailing Hillary Clinton -- has handed political-science instructors both new discussion topics and a tough question: Should they speak out against him in the classroom? lthough Mrs. Clinton joins Mr. Trump in having plenty of critics as well as low public-approval ratings, political-science instructors generally do not see his Democratic opponent's campaign as giving reason to rethink how they discuss presidential races. Mr. Trump's campaign, on the other hand, has prompted some to alter both the frameworks through which they analyze such elections and their view of their proper role in the classroom.
For-profits favor Republicans with campaign money but donations are down
During the Republican presidential primary in 2012, nominee Mitt Romney praised Full Sail University and other for-profit colleges as alternatives to increasingly costly traditional colleges and universities. With the Obama administration moving to add new regulations aimed at for-profits, Romney's endorsement offered a contrast on higher education policy. During that cycle, the for-profit sector for the first time broke heavily for GOP candidates as it ramped up its political spending -- donations to Republican candidates outpaced those to Democrats by more than a two-to-one margin. And Romney received more than three times the campaign cash from the sector as President Barack Obama. In previous cycles, donations to Democrats were even with or slightly larger than those to the GOP. However, while the industry's campaign largess continues to heavily favor Republican officeholders, its spending on campaign contributions has dropped off precipitously.
Education Department releases final version of defense to repayment loan rules
The U.S. Department of Education released Friday the final version of controversial regulations that will allow student loan borrowers to have their debt discharged if they were victims of fraud or misrepresentation by their institution. The rules replace an existing system based on various state laws with a single federal standard meant to simplify the claims process for having student loans discharged. They also put institutions themselves on the hook for paying back borrowers' claims and seek to provide earlier warnings to students about risky colleges. And the rules limit colleges' ability to impose mandatory arbitration clauses on students. The final rules come after a comment period in which the department received more than 10,000 responses to proposed regulations before an Aug. 1 deadline.
Brigham Young Students Who Report Sexual Assault Won't Face Honor Code Sanctions
Brigham Young University announced on Wednesday that it would spare students who report sexual assaults from facing punishment for violations of its honor code, such as drinking or extramarital sex, that may have happened near or at the time of the assault. The university called the handling of sexual assault reporting "a complicated and evolving issue" and said in a report released on Wednesday that offering amnesty from potential sanctions would help encourage students to report sex-related crimes. The 34-page report, researched and drafted by a four-person advisory council starting in May, came after news accounts that the Mormon-run university in Provo, Utah, had investigated students for possible honor code violations after they reported being sexually assaulted. Some experts in law and gender issues on college campuses called that approach troubling. The cases set off a torrent of online criticism as well as a protest on campus in April.
Jill Biden's Campaign to Make Community College Free
As the Obama administration approaches its conclusion, everyone from the president to his policy analysts are searching for ways to preserve and shore up the work they've done in the past eight years. For Jill Biden, perhaps nothing has been more important, save her work with military service members, during her tenure as second lady than highlighting the role community colleges play in helping men and women, young and old, achieve whatever their version of the American Dream looks like. And so on Wednesday, she invited dozens of community-college leaders to the vice-presidential residence for a lunch reception. The official purpose was to thank them for their work in recent months to make two years of community college free for some students, an effort that has expanded access to higher education in certain parts of the country for low-income, often nonwhite, students who have traditionally been overlooked. But Biden used her brief remarks to urge the provosts and chancellors assembled to do whatever they can in the coming weeks to do even more, to ensure that free community college becomes a reality around the U.S.

Mississippi State's Johnathan Calvin makes most of position change
Johnathan Calvin had a strong showing at defensive end during Mississippi State's spring game back in April by racking up eight tackles and four sacks. Calvin honed his craft even more over the summer and was all set to continue his dominance during his senior season. That all changed on the first day of fall camp when Will Coleman went down with a back injury leaving the Bulldogs without a veteran playmaker at their new viper position. Defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon made the decision to move Calvin to viper, which is a hybrid position that combines the skill set of a defensive end and an outside linebacker. "He's a little bit of a fish out of water and it's a challenge for him to play off the ball in space at the end of his college career when he's been a go forward guy," Sirmon said. "There's a tremendous learning curve from being a go forward guy to a space guy. John's worked his tail off and I'm happy with his effort."
Record hasn't deterred Mississippi State's accomplished seniors
Two years ago, Richie Brown led Mississippi State with three interceptions. En route to the Orange Bowl, the linebacker finished sixth on the team with 50 tackles. Fred Ross reeled in 30 receptions for the team that was ranked No. 1 for five weeks. The duo emerged as future playmakers within the program with their production during MSU's historic run. Their careers come to a close this season on a much different note. In order to reach six wins and a seventh straight season of bowl eligibility, MSU (2-5) must win three games in November against No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 1 Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Saturday's matchup against Samford (2:30 p.m. SEC Network) is likely the final game the Bulldogs will be favored in this season. "There's a lot of things to play for. You play for each other," Brown said. "I think when adversity hits, you kind of pull closer as a family. It's what you have to lean on."
Keith Mixon wants to carve bigger role with Bulldogs
Shades Valley (Ala.) High School football coach Bill Smith was willing to do whatever it took to help Keith Mixon. When Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and then-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, who is now at Florida, came to the school in Irondale, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, to check on defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne, Smith used it as an opportunity to talk about Mixon. Before Mullen and Collins left, he asked if they would watch some highlights of Mixon, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back/wide receiver who was attracting interest from Arkansas State and Alabama-Birmingham. Smith said Mullen agreed and sat down in a classroom at Shades Valley High to watch clips of Mixon. "To quote a movie, he made fast people look not fast. His vision, his wiggle, and making people miss in tight spaces stood out," said Smith, who is now the head football coach at Munford High (Ala.). Mullen liked what he saw and extended a scholarship offer to Mixon, who wound up a part of MSU's 2015 signing class.
Mississippi State men: 7 true freshmen on roster
Ben Howland has experienced a lot during his two decades as a college basketball coach. But never has Howland had a team quite as young as this year. MSU only returns three players that played on last year's team and have seven true freshmen on scholarship. "We are unbelievably young," Howland said. "We are going to make a lot of mistakes this year, but we are going to make them trying our hardest and doing our very best. I think these kids are practicing really hard. There are not enough hours in the day for us right now as we try to learn to become a competitive team by SEC play." MSU may be inexperienced but there is an awful lot of talent among the newcomers. Six of the signees were four-star prospects and the class overall was ranked No. 9 nationally, the highest in school history.
Heathier habits have Mississippi State's Tyson Carter feeling strong
Tyson Carter didn't focus on eating healthy with a busy high school schedule and basketball practice. The former Starkville High School basketball player was a frequent visitor to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. But Carter hasn't been to a Popeyes, a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in chicken, since he stepped on the Mississippi State campus on June 1. MSU men's basketball coach Ben Howland helped affect a change in Carter's eating habits by working with director of basketball performance David Deets to put Carter on a better diet that included healthy foods. Carter's work with Deets has helped him add 18 pounds and increase his weight to 167 pounds. "I feel more healthy," Carter said. Carter will show how the healthier habits have helped his game when he and his MSU teammates take part in Maroon Madness at 7 p.m. Friday at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State's Vic Schaefer isn't surprised by what he sees at scrimmage
Vic Schaefer wasn't surprised. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach didn't expect a work of art in his team's Maroon and White scrimmage on Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum. Schaefer knew there were going to be turnovers, missed defensive assignments, and a lack of execution during the five quarters of action. The final three quarters featured MSU going against its men's practice team, which is called "The Guys." The Guys won two of the three 10-minutes quarters en route to a 61-51 decision. Overall, junior guard Victoria Vivians had 21 points to lead eight MSU players in double figures in a 99-96 victory by the White team.
Mississippi State women: Huge non-SEC road slate
Mississippi State's women's basketball team will travel to Dallas on Saturday to play UCLA in a closed-door scrimmage. It will be the first of many trips the Bulldogs make away from Starkville during the non-conference schedule. Not counting MSU's exhibition game against Arkansas-Fort Smith on Nov. 3, the Bulldogs will play only three games inside Humphrey Coliseum before conference action begins. State will host Texas on Nov. 20, Alabama State on Dec. 20 and Northwestern State on Dec. 28 but play the other 11 non-league games elsewhere. Since the Bulldogs have been 33-3 on their home floor the last two seasons and drawing record crowds, coach Vic Schaefer had difficulty scheduling teams to play in Starkville. "The atmosphere is not the problem, it's getting people in here to play in front of that atmosphere," Schaefer said. "Four years ago, everybody and their dog wanted to come in here and play and now it's really been a challenge."
Jazzmun Holmes finding louder voice for Mississippi State women
Jazzmun Holmes doesn't make it a habit to spout bad words at practice. But it is illuminating to hear Holmes used several "bad words" last week to chastise a teammate for not being in the right position or for not knowing who she was supposed to be guarding because a year ago she admitted she cried during the Mississippi State women's basketball team's first practice. Holmes said later in the first month of her freshman season that she "got over it, put on my big-girl pants and went with it." Holmes' ability to find a louder voice might be one of the biggest differences for the MSU women's team as it continues to prepare for the start of the 2016-17 season.
The W unveils new athletic logo
Dr. Jim Borsig would have preferred temperatures to have been in the 50s Wednesday morning. That way the president of The Mississippi University for Women would have been a little cooler as he used his navy blazer to disguise the shirt he was wearing. The shirt Borsig selected for the gathering at Cochran Hall wasn't an ordinary one, either. In fact, it had a unique color -- Welty Blue -- and something even more special he didn't want to reveal to anyone on campus before 10 a.m. After 10 a.m. and following a 25-second video presentation of The W's new athletic logo, Borsig could safely unbutton his blazer and show off a self-described "fierce" Ody Owl emblazoned on the upper left side of the shirt. "We knew when we introduced the Owls back and tied it to Ody the Owl and the mark that this was going to create a buzz and an excitement, so we wanted to elevate this to the level that was appropriate for the university and the community and everybody," Borsig said.
Mike McQueary Is Awarded $7.3 Million in Defamation Case Against Penn State
A Pennsylvania jury on Thursday, in a defamation case against Penn State University, awarded $7.3 million to Mike McQueary, the former assistant football coach who in 2001 told Coach Joe Paterno that he had witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a child in the locker room shower. The jury, which deliberated for about four hours, found that Penn State had defamed McQueary with a statement in 2011 defending its former athletic director and vice president against a charge of perjury related to what McQueary said he had told them about Sandusky, a longtime defensive coordinator at Penn State. Even before Thursday's ruling, the scandal had already cost Penn State well over $100 million in N.C.A.A. penalties, legal fees and settlements to victims of Sandusky's sexual abuse. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
A quietly escalating issue for NFL: Fan violence and how to contain it
While the National Football League is more popular than ever, expected this year to set a record by surpassing $13 billion in revenue, it faces potent threats to its dominance over the American sports landscape: declining television ratings, an inconsistent response to incidents of domestic abuse involving players and continuing worries about player safety. But an equally alarming threat is unruly fan behavior in and around NFL stadiums. It has some in the league concerned that it is driving fans to stay away. "Tailgating has changed in our lifetimes," said Lou Marciani, the director of the University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. "They open up so early, and by the time the game starts [fans] are wiped out." A significant problem, particularly in some locations, is that there is disagreement among the league, teams and local enforcement on who is ultimately responsible for fan safety.

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