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University coaches and administrators lobby for flag change

Forty-six coaches and athletic directors from across the state traveled to Jackson on Thursday to lobby for the changing of the state flag. All eight of Mississippi’s public universities were represented at a press conference. That includes Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Delta State, Alcorn State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State and the Mississippi University of Women. The reason ...

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NCAA: No championships in states with confederate symbol

The NCAA’s Board of Governors put its clout behind a change in Mississippi’s state flag with a dramatic move on Friday morning. The NCAA panel expanded its “Confederate flag policy” to prevent any championship events from being played “in states where the symbol has a prominent presence.” As the statement from the Boad of Governors noted, “Mississippi is the only ...

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Southeastern Conference pushing Mississippi to change flag

The Southeastern Conference is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi unless the state changes its Confederate-based flag. “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement Thursday. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to ...

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Robinson named FCS ADA president; first African-American to assume role

The Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) has selected Ashley Robinson, vice president and director of athletics at Jackson State University (JSU), to serve as President for the 2020-21 membership year. “It’s an honor to serve as the President of the FCS ADA for the upcoming year,” said Robinson, who begins his second year at the ...

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Injuries could be more plentiful as workouts ramp up amid COVID-19

By NASH NUNNERY Will Ball is more than ready for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Since March 13, the director of sports medicine and development for Rush Hospital Systems has spent 14-hour days screening patients and guests before they enter the Meridian hospital. The affable Ball would rather be lending his vast expertise in sports medicine to the 30-plus ...

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NASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and properties

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years. The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an ...

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MHSAA holds fast to June 1 restart date

The Mississippi High School Activities Association is holding firm to a June 1 restart date. The MHSAA executive committee held a conference call on Monday to examine whether it should extend its suspension of team activities in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On April 15, the committee voted to cancel the remainder of spring seasons and prohibit workouts and ...

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Favre denies auditor’s claim he was paid for no-show work

Brett Favre on Friday disputed a Mississippi state auditor’s report that said the Hall of Fame quarterback received $1.1 million in welfare money for multiple speaking engagements that he didn’t actually attend. Favre told ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde & Tausch” radio show he instead was being paid for his role in radio public service announcements and advertisements that ran for a few ...

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Auditor: Favre received welfare money for no-show speeches

A nonprofit group caught up in an embezzlement scheme in Mississippi used federal welfare money to pay former NFL quarterback Brett Favre $1.1 million for multiple speaking engagements but Favre did not show up for the events, the state auditor said Monday. Details about payments to Favre are included in an audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. State ...

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Massive tuna caught in Mississippi breaks state record

There’s a new state record in place in Mississippi for Yellowfin Tuna. Michael McElroy III, of Hattiesburg, landed a fish weighing 236 pounds, 9.6 ounces (107 kilograms, 272 grams) last month. The state Commission on Marine Resources on Tuesday certified the catch as a state fishing record for the species using conventional tackle, the agency said in a news release. ...

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