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MSU-Meridian announces downtown Business Expo
Officials at Mississippi State University-Meridian say their business graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the growing needs of business and industry in the region. To demonstrate that point, the campus' Division of Business, which adjoins the MSU Riley Center downtown, is announcing a Tuesday Business Expo, both for area business leaders and potential students interested in earning a degree. Free and open to all, the event takes place 2-5 p.m. at the 2212 5th St. location. "This is a come and go event," said Candy Adams, recruiting coordinator for MSU-Meridian.
Book review: Narrative history covers the state's evolution
"A New History of Mississippi" fills a void in the historiography of Mississippi. Dennis Mitchell, an administrator and professor of history at Mississippi State University-Meridian, has written a wonderful narrative history that begins with the state's foundation and continues up to the present. Some readers may be disappointed that Mitchell chose not to use footnotes, but the nature of a narrative history is to present a study unencumbered by such notes. Mitchell has produced a remarkably balanced history of the state.
Book by MSU-Meridian Professor Explores State History
The first comprehensive narrative of Mississippi since a Bicentennial history was published in 1976 is the latest work of an administrator and historian at Mississippi State University-Meridian. "A New History of Mississippi" was written by professor Dennis J. Mitchell, head of the campus' Division of Arts and Sciences. The 587-page book is published by University Press of Mississippi. Using biographies as the primary method of telling the state's vibrant and turbulent history, Mitchell incorporates individuals missing from many previous histories, specifically Native Americans, women, African Americans and other minority groups.
MSU Extension celebrates ATV Safety Week with tips
The Mississippi State University Extension Service is taking steps to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities involving all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. Larry Alexander, 4-H youth development specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said national ATV Safety Week June 8-15 has been the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of properly using these powerful vehicles. "County Extension offices are working to educate young people and adults through educational displays, workshops and events this week," Alexander said. "Several agents are certified ATV safety instructors and can offer certification courses for young riders."
Mississippi State student awarded national scholarship
A Calhoun City college senior at Mississippi State University was recently awarded a scholarship given to only four students in the nation. Senior Emily Hardin was chosen to receive the Celia Moh Scholarship, which will fully fund her school expenses for her final year at MSU. The university says Hardin, who studies interior design, is the fifth MSU student to be selected for the award in five years.
Higher education briefs: Senior receives national scholarship
A Mississippi State interior design major from Calhoun City is one of four students in the nation to receive a scholarship that will pay full tuition, room, board, books and fees during her final year at the university. Senior Emily C. Hardin, the daughter of Anthony and Susan Hardin, will receive the Celia Moh Scholarship. Furniture-industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh, founder of Universal Furniture and Fine Furniture Design, created the scholarship to recognize and support outstanding students enrolled in full-time home-furnishings programs.
New MSU Artist-in-Residence Exploring, Capturing Beauty of Refuge
Seeking to better connect with the area's natural environment, Mississippi State's newest artist-in-residence is beginning a month-long visit at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Between now and her scheduled July 3 departure date, Marian S. McLellan, a New Orleans-based artist and critic, said she is learning all she can about the more than 48,000-acre refuge located 12 miles south of the university campus.
3Qs: Thomas Horgan, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center senior research associate
Recent rains have taken a toll on vegetable gardens, large and small, across Northeast Mississippi. Thomas Horgan, a senior research associate at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, recently talked with Daily Journal home and garden editor Ginna Parsons about what to do with a waterlogged garden.
Starkville police investigating Twitter accounts
Starkville Police Department launched a new investigation last month into a Twitter account parodying an elected official, court documents show, but investigators say the case is not active or moving forward at this time. Sixteenth District Circuit Court Judge James Kitchens signed an order last month requesting data from Twitter -- the account holder's name, email address, IP address, physical address and billing information -- in connection with the @FeelingPerky handle, a Twitter account that parodies Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins. The order, signed May 8, compels Twitter to furnish the records without notifying the subscriber, as it could potentially compromise the criminal investigation. It cites Miss. Code Ann. 97-7-43, a statute outlining crimes for impersonating state, county or municipal officers or employees.
Oktibbeha County court to file documents electronically
The Oktibbeha County Chancery Court will join 25 other courts across the state in filing documents electronically. Officials say the Oktibbeha County Chancery Court will begin voluntary e-filing on July 1 and mandatory e-filing on July 29. Electronic filing is currently utilized in 15 counties. The Mississippi Electronic Courts program, under the supervision of the Mississippi Supreme Court, is adapted from the electronic filing system used in federal district courts.
Mississippi welcomes thousands to picnic in Central Park
The 35th annual Mississippi Picnic, held Saturday in New York City's Central Park, had something for everyone --- and you didn't have to be from Mississippi or even Southern. The theme was "Mississippi Homecoming." And it felt a bit like home with farm-raised catfish and all the trimmings, scrumptious desserts, sweet tea and free caramel cake. Universities and colleges gave away caps and shirts and sponsored group photos of alumni groups touting their alma maters. Mississippi governors going back to William Winter have attended, along with such politicians as the late Rep. Sonny Montgomery, former Sen. Trent Lott and Sen. Thad Cochran.
Trio's sacrifice for civil rights remembered
A half century after the Ku Klux Klan killed three civil rights workers, their families and friends talked of the tragedy and a vision for a better future. "History matters," Rita Bender, widow of Michael Schwerner, told the hundreds gathered Sunday for a service marking the 50th anniversary of the June 21, 1964, killings of Schwerner and fellow civil rights workers, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. "How else can we explain why we got here 50 years ago?" she asked. "How can we use this to visualize where we need to go?"
Civil rights movement 50 years later
A half-century after the world turned its eyes on Mississippi as a search ensued for three missing civil rights workers, leaders of the civil rights movement will be in east Mississippi to mark that anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Justice came late or not at all for many who fought against the push for voter registration for the African-American community, including many who were involved in the killings of civil rights workers James Earl Chaney of Meridian; Andrew Goodman, and Michael "Mickey" Schwerner. Helping bring one of those involved in their killing to justice more than 40 years later was Mississippi investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell. Mitchell will be the guest speaker on Tuesday when local tourism officials unveil Lauderdale County's Civil Rights Trail.
AP analysis: Hank Holmes oversaw release of Mississippi spy files
Nearly two decades ago, Hank T. Holmes oversaw the release of records from the defunct Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a segregationist agency that spied on civil rights workers. Holmes and his staff had to get the files -- boxes of reports and yellowed newspaper clippings -- into a computerized form that could be searchable while preserving the identities of those who sought to have their names redacted under a federal court order. The Sovereignty Commission was created in 1956. It spied on civil rights workers and sought to bypass federal mandates for voting rights and racial integration.
Greg Davis' legacy mixed bag in Southaven
Now that the sordid saga of ex-Mayor Greg Davis's personal life and swirling public scandals have temporarily come to an end with his conviction in 17th District Circuit Court on embezzlement and making false representations to defraud the government, the legacy of Southaven's longest-serving mayor is still coming into focus. As Davis took the witness stand on Wednesday, much was made about his recruitment of business and industry to the state's third largest city and his "24-hour" devotion to the job. Jurors decided all that effort and accomplishment aside, Davis took advantage of his post as mayor for personal gain. Sid Salter, a longtime political columnist, said many who have observed Davis over the years initially did not see the downfall of Davis coming. "It's a tragic downfall of somebody who had a bright, political future," Salter said. "Beyond that, I don't see this having legs in terms of congressional politics or statewide politics. The legacy of this will be heightened scrutiny of elected officials."
GOP faces post-primary unity test
On June 25, a day after the contentious Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, the loser, either challenger Chis McDaniel or six-term incumbent Thad Cochran, will be expected to endorse the victor. That could be a bitter pill to swallow in a election where the mud-slinging has been vicious at times, but it's what normally happens after primaries. "Coming together as a party is always challenging after tough primaries, but the MSGOP will need to be unified in order to be successful in the general election," said Bobby Morgan II, a state Republican Party spokesman. "We feel confident however that Republicans and other voters in Mississippi will support and cast their ballot in November for the candidate who will pursue their common goals and policies in Washington. And that will be the Republican nominee." Morgan and the party chair Joe Nosef, acknowledged earlier this year that it was important for the party to unify despite the contentious and often personal nature of the primary.
McDaniel noncommittal on farm subsidies during Delta visit
Addressing whether he would support federal farm subsidies if he's elected to the U.S. Senate was not on the agenda. A 10-minute press conference in the home of a Cleveland businessman did little to reveal if farm subsidies were among the federal spending cuts on which McDaniel has built his campaign. The media time came after McDaniel addressed a group of farmers, none of whom would agree to be interviewed. McDaniel would not say if he addressed subsidies with the farmers before the press conference. "Agricultural concerns," is all he'd reveal about his talk with them.
Coalition of ag producers form 'Farmers for Thad'
Thus far in his bid to win reelection to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Thad Cochran has received support from the state's agriculture community. Now, a group of farmers is stepping forward to make their pro-Cochran voices louder. Farmers for Thad, a coalition of Mississippi farmers representing the state's agricultural production base, has come together to support Cochran's bid for reelection in advance of the June 24 runoff. The coalition, led by farmers Danny Murphy and Jeremy Jack, is calling attention to the importance of agriculture to Mississippi and the significant victories won for the state by Cochran as former chairman and current ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
Tea Party's Senate Hopeful in Mississippi Aims to Make Brat Magic
Moments after a little-known economics professor in Virginia became a conservative sensation by toppling Eric Cantor, the House Republican leader, in a primary Tuesday night, Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party's best hope for a Senate seat this year, got a text message from his best friend in Mississippi's capital. "Did you see the Cantor race?" the friend, State Senator Michael Watson, asked. He had. "He was pumped about it," Mr. Watson said. Unlike the Virginia professor, Mr. McDaniel carries baggage that makes mainstream Republicans nervous. "Millions in this country feel like strangers in this land -- you recognize that, don't you?" he told an audience of farmers in Covington County. To Marty Wiseman, former director of the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University, that language is a coded message to white voters, much as earlier southern politicians told crowds that "someone was fighting against our Southern way of life."
Mississippi Senate candidate runs to 'save the republic'
Chris McDaniel comes from a small town, with a skyline of church steeples and a courthouse that overshadows a memorial to Confederate soldiers. It's where the tea party-backed U.S. Senate candidate grew up. Where he and his wife raise their two children. Where, for more than 30 years, he's spent most Sundays in the same Southern Baptist church. To hear him tell it, Ellisville is the kind of place that's disappearing in Mississippi and America, and that's a problem. "There are millions of us who feel like strangers in this land, an older America passing away, a new America rising to take its place," McDaniel said this past week. "We recoil from that culture. It's foreign to us. It's alien to us. ... It's time to stand and fight. It's time to defend our way of life again." Such a defense requires an enemy, and for the 41-year-old lawyer and state senator, that's the role played by Mississippi's senior U.S. senator, Thad Cochran.
Mississippi race: is Cochran right enough?
Up in Washington, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is regarded as a reliable conservative. In Mississippi, angry Republicans brand him a liberal. As Cochran fights to win renomination in a June 24 runoff against a tea-party challenger, the race is hinging on a brutal battle over whether he's sufficiently conservative. Cochran is unapologetic about his fiscal record. His campaign is a daily tour of projects whose funding he helped secure. When asked about his debt ceiling votes, he and his backers say matter of factly that he did the best he could. "Just look at the record, and you'll see what he's done for this state," said State Rep. Rita Martinson, a Madison Republican.
Ex-state legislator Disharoon, son die in automobile accident
Former Mississippi lawmaker Jay Disharoon and son, Jamie, died this week in a fatal accident on Interstate 20 in Jackson. Memorial services were held for the two Saturday in Jackson. The Highway Patrol says the 65-year-old Disharoon and his 27-year-old son died Tuesday when their car ran off the highway and crashed into a tree. Disharoon was a Claiborne County Democrat when he served one House term from 1976-80 and two Senate terms from 1980-88.
Key decisions loom as Supreme Court session nears end
The Supreme Court heads into the last two weeks of its annual term Monday seemingly poised to hand down a series of decisions that will come as defeats to President Obama and victories for foes of abortion. Already this year, the court has bolstered the rights of big campaign donors and upheld Christian prayers at public meetings. The themes of free speech and religious freedom are likely to be heard, and two other cases involve adapting the law to fast-developing technology. Another case could deal a major blow to public employees unions. The justices try to finish their work by the end of June. The annual rush this time of year means many of their hardest cases are decided in the last two weeks of the month -- often by 5-4 splits. Currently, 16 cases remain unresolved.
MUW Hosts Mississippi Governor's School Program
Dozens of high school students from across the state are at MUW this week for a unique educational program. Students are getting a head start earning college credits and finding ways to give back to communities all over the world. "Most people think we would be in the classroom but we spend a lot time building communication and team work and then we can come out here and really see it put to work," says high school senior, James Long, who is participating in the Mississippi Governor's School this summer.
UMMC to name research program for Evers-Williams
The University of Mississippi Medical Center has named a research institute on child health disparities and minority men's health after civil rights advocate Myrlie Evers-Williams. The Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities will be located at the Jackson Medical Mall. Evers-Williams, speaking at Friday's announcement, said it is particularly important for men to do a better job of taking care of their own health. She talked about losing two men she loves to serious medical conditions that were diagnosed late -- largely, she believes, because they waited to seek medical attention when their own bodies were telling them they were ill.
William Carey campus expanding
If you're seeking William Carey these days, you would be well-advised to look beyond the wrought-iron fence surrounding much of the east Hattiesburg campus. For the past eight years, school officials have steadily grown the campus outside this fence, by purchasing properties on surrounding thoroughfares such as Tuscan Avenue, Vernon Street and County Road. The growth isn't hard to spot, according to William Carey University chief financial officer Grant Guthrie. "If you see a patch of land covered in dirt, that's probably one of ours," said Guthrie, referring to the university's practice of demolishing derelict houses. School officials say the campus expansion is giving them options for future building projects.
Nine of 15 Mississippi community colleges to raise tuition
Tuition at Mississippi's junior and community colleges will increase by an average of about 4 percent this fall, according to figures from the state Board of Community and Junior Colleges. Of the state's 15 independently governed institutions, nine plan to raise charges on students. Average tuition will rise to $2,476 annually, up from $2,377 in the 2013-2014 school year, according to board figures. The increases come even though state funding for the colleges was increased in the budget year that begins July 1.
MGCCC keeps tuition rates steady for a fourth year
Tuition hikes at universities and community colleges across the country are becoming the norm, but Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has managed to keep its rates from going up. The college's Board of Trustees recently voted, for the fourth consecutive year, to keep tuition rates the same. "We are very proud of our achievements as a nationally ranked community college," MGCCC President Mary S. Graham said. "That we are also able to keep tuition at an affordable rate for our students makes MGCCC the best choice for students in South Mississippi."
How Mississippi's community colleges stack up
The state's 15 community colleges are tasked with a multitude of purposes, including sending thousands of students each year to a four-year institution. A recent study conducted by the state College Board assessed the cumulative GPA's of students transferring from community colleges to one of the state's eight public universities, ranking each two-year school based on the highest GPA. The Clarion-Ledger conducted an analysis using the study along with each college's tuition for the most recent academic year, a process to measure which school statistically turned out higher academic scores with the least costly tuition rates.
Top executives at Alabama, Auburn receive millions in bonuses as student tuition skyrockets
The top executives for the University of Alabama System and Auburn University have received more than $3.5 million in bonuses over the past five years while student tuition has increased about 40 percent, according to an review of public salary disclosures. Auburn President Jay Gogue received a $1.8 million bonus in 2012 for fulfilling his initial five-year contract. Former UA System Chancellor Malcolm Portera and former University of Alabama at Birmingham President Carol Garrison, the "retreating" executives, collected a combined $1.14 million in salary and bonuses in the year after they left office and their successors had taken over. Plus, the trustees of the UA System also pay the chancellor -- as well as the presidents of each UA campus – six-figure bonuses each fall.
U. of Florida trying to lasso online learning
The University of Florida's announcement this week that it is co-founding a consortium with three other public research universities to invest in online educational technologies and research is a key element in the university's effort to increase its digital presence. In support of expanding its global reach, UF has invested millions in beefing up its information technologies infrastructure. It partnered with Coursera, the massive open online course company that offers free college classes, to learn how. UF also brought its $3.4 million HiPerGator Supercomputer online, updated its wireless network for $1 million, joined the Internet2 Innovation Platform, and began migrating all of its digital classes to a single learning management system.
TOPS scholarship program changes still face uphill battle in Louisiana
Phyllis Taylor, the influential defender of Louisiana's TOPS program, concedes that some changes could be -- and have been -- made to the state's generous tuition assistance offering. It could use a needs-based component. Courses could be more rigorous. Maybe it shouldn't be tied to tuition, she says. But Taylor disagreed with efforts during the 2014 legislative session to raise the ACT score or grade-point average necessary for students to qualify for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, named for her late husband. And her opposition helped stave off any significant changes this session, despite a push from key Republican legislative leaders. "The day will come when we'll be able to increase the GPA and the ACT score, but it's just not today," Taylor said in a recent meeting with The Advocate editorial board.
U. of Kentucky police chief says new security cameras deter crime, allow police to watch problem areas
It was a case that police cracked in a matter of hours. An empty cardboard beer case was ignited and then placed under a car parked at Commonwealth Stadium. University of Kentucky police said the culprits drove off into the night without a witness in sight. But the incident on April 16 wasn't exactly unseen. The following morning, campus police released surveillance photos and video of a station wagon that drove away from the fire. That night, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe announced that police arrested Cullen Gallaher, 18, and Ian Baughman, 19, charging them with second-degree arson, a felony. Charges against a third student have been dismissed. Monroe couldn't say much about that case because it's pending, but it is an example of how the university's new security cameras have aided campus police during investigations.
Starbucks to open college program for baristas
Starbucks plans to announce a program Monday intended to help its baristas earn an online college degree. The company is partnering with Arizona State University to make the program available to 135,000 U.S. workers who work at least 20 hours a week. Employees will be able to choose from a number of educational programs, and won't be required to stay at Starbucks after earning the degree. Tuition reimbursement is a rare benefit for low-wage workers in the retail industry.
Mexico Gets Serious About R&D
After years of paying lip service to the importance of science and technology, Mexico is finally committing itself financially to the priority. And universities in the United States should take note. President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in December 2012, has vowed to raise spending on research and development to 1 percent of gross domestic product by 2018, up from the current 0.48 percent. That level would bring Mexico's economy in line with those of similar size, like Brazil's. What's more, over the past two years, the annual budget for Mexico's National Council for Science and Technology has increased 32 percent, to $2.4-billion, according to government figures. The increased funding is part of a broader government strategy to strengthen graduate programs and promote student exchange.
BILL CRAWFORD (OPINION): Ingalls' next ship depends on Cochran's clout
Syndicated columnist Bill Crawford of Meridian writes: "Who knew the House Appropriations Committee would rush to load the gun for Jackson County voters? Last week I wrote that Jackson County voters played Russian roulette with their economic future by voting for challenger Chris McDaniel over Senator Thad Cochran, the only member of Mississippi's congressional delegation with enough seniority to fund ships for Ingalls Shipbuilding. Days later, the House Appropriations Committee – going against the House and Senate Armed Services Committees -- dropped funding from its 2015 defense appropriations bill for the next amphibious warship (LPD 28) to be built by Ingalls. That puts approximately 3,000 Ingalls' jobs on the firing line. Saving these jobs now depends on Cochran's ability to revive funding in the Senate next month, then having the clout to push funding through a House-Senate conference committee later this summer."
SAM R. HALL (OPINION): Cochran's attack too little too late?
The Clarion-Ledger's Sam R. Hall writes: "One of the more puzzling things about the Republican primary for U.S. Senate is how incumbent Thad Cochran ceded the policy debate to challenger Chris McDaniel. ...That has changed during the runoff. Cochran's campaign and supporters have challenged McDaniel on federal spending, military support, farming and even his associations with former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. They have relentlessly hounded McDaniel, coordinating their attacks with the challenger's stops and pouncing on every misstep he makes."
GEOFF PENDER (OPINION): Cochran engaged; is it too late?
The Clarion-Ledger's Geoff Pender writes: "For a week now, Thad Cochran has been crisscrossing the state in person, greeting shipyard workers, nurses and doctors, farmers, public school teachers, university and military officials. He's aired his first ad with him speaking directly to the camera. He's given speeches, told bad jokes (including a weird one about farm animals). He's talked to the media. He's even trash-talked his opponent a little. In short, he's finally running a campaign. The campaign he should have been running since, oh, around last October. The type of shoe-leather ground game his opponent, tea party-backed Chris McDaniel, has been running since then. Such personal campaigning is still expected -- required -- in Mississippi. Is it too late?"
AUBREY PATTERSON (OPINION): McDaniel's way would cost state
Aubrey Patterson, president of the state Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning, writes in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: "As a businessman, lifelong Mississippian and member of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning for many years, I was dismayed when I read state Sen. Chris McDaniel's assertion that, because the word "education" is not in the Constitution, it is unconstitutional to spend federal funds on education, federal funds should be eliminated and Mississippi could manage without them. ...In a word, if McDaniel's position were to become the prevailing way of doing business, it would be catastrophic for the university system. Some universities would probably not survive. Thousands of jobs could be lost."
SID SALTER (OPINION): Cantor's defeat simply kicks immigration can down the political road
Syndicated columnist Sid Salter writes: "The political post mortem on Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia has touched on a number of issues and his centrist, moderate stand on immigration issues is but one of them. ...Cantor was so busy being a national party leader that when an earthquake hit his district, he either refused or simply neglected (depending on which version of that story one believes) to get federal funds to assist his constituents in their recovery. Earthquake-impacted voters weren't merely unhappy, they were angry."

Mississippi State's McBride wins NCAA title
Brandon McBride is an NCAA champion times two. On Friday evening in front of a national TV audience on ESPNU and a raucous crowd at historic Hayward Field, Mississippi State's McBride won his second NCAA title after holding off Florida's Ryan Schnulle. McBride, a sophomore from Windsor, Ontario, posted a time of 1 minute, 46.26 seconds in the 800 meters, the second-fastest time of his career. "Awesome. Just awesome. Not only for Brandon, but for Mississippi State," MSU coach Steve Dudley said. "What a great day to be a Bulldog."
Cohen discusses Mississippi State's future
It's natural to ask the coach of the national runner-up from the previous season his thoughts about the field of teams for this year's championship. But as much as Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen would love to pore over the lineups and the matchups for the College World Series, the veteran coach instead has used the past two weeks to focus on his team as it prepares for the 2015 season. A 5-3 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on June 2 in the NCAA tournament Lafayette Regional ended MSU's season at 39-24. Since then, Cohen and MSU have stayed busy following the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft, lining up summer homes for returning Bulldogs to play in the "offseason," and recruiting future Bulldogs to come to Starkville to help the program get back to Omaha, Nebraska, the site of the CWS.
Mississippi State's 'Fab Five' adjusting to college life
f you didn't know any better, it would be easy to think the Mississippi State women's basketball team's five incoming freshmen were enjoying a day at the beach. Although the first day of summer was still more than a week away, Kayla Nevitt, LaKaris Salter, Blair Schaefer, Victoria Vivians, and Morgan William were smiling, laughing, and joking like they were old friends, not like nervous newcomers a week into their first summer school session at MSU. All you have to do is examine the resumes of all five of the new Bulldogs to see everything they have accomplished in prep and Amateur Athletic Union basketball has prepared them for the next step.
Texas A&M limits jersey sales to No. 12
Those who want new Texas A&M No. 2 jerseys this year are out of luck. The university confirmed this week that it will only license No. 12 jerseys for the foreseeable future. A university spokesman did not say if the decision was linked to high-profile lawsuits connected to paying players for using their likenesses, but experts say A&M's move is a no-brainer aimed at protecting itself from liability. ESPN broke the news late last week that A&M, Arizona and Northwestern would only offer generic jerseys as a way to protect themselves legally. A&M spokesman Shane Hinckley, interim vice president for marketing and communications, said the decision was made in January as part of an annual review process.

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