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Turner leaves legacy of integrity and courage
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WCBI news personality Aundrea Self didn’t hesitate when asked to describe her former employer and friend, the late Sen. Bennie Turner. “He always exuded a quiet confidence,” Self said Sunday. “He had a strong presence
when he walked into the room.” Turner, DWest Point, died Tuesday at age 64 after a brief illness. A longtime member of the M i s s i s s i p p i Turner Legislature, Turner represented the 16th District, which
includes portions of Lowndes, Clay, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties. A public visitation was held Sunday in West Point at Turner and Associates, Turner’s law firm, where he was the senior partner. Funeral services were held today at Third Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in West Point and burial followed
at West Point Memorial Gardens. Flags were flown at half-mast today in Columbus in Turner’s honor. With a storied career in Mississippi politics, where he served on several committees including the Senate Appropriations Committee, Judiciar y Committee and Development Economic
Committee, Turner was the chair for the Ethics Committee. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, who served with Turner in the state legislature, called the late senator a friend. “Bennie Turner and I were close personal friends for three decades,” Wicker said. “In
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Lila Kelly, 1, looks at Christmas ornaments during “Snacks with Santa” Saturday at the YMCA in downtown Columbus. Lila, who is the daughter of Lauren and Brian Kelly of Columbus, asked Santa for a Cinderella carriage for Christmas.
Foreclosure help coming to Columbus
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Owning a home is part of the American dream. But for some, the dream can quickly become a nightmare of delayed mortgage payments and eventual foreclosure. To help those facing the reality of losing their home, Mississippi Attorney General
Jim Hood is bringing the Mortgage Mississippi Foreclosure Prevention Consortium to Columbus Dec. 5 from 10-1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on 14th Avenue North. “I created this consortium so our residents dealing with foreclosure issues could get free counseling and legal assistance,
including re-financing and loan modification assistance,” Hood said. “I hope by taking the consortium across the state that we can better help folks as well as remind them that there is an upcoming claims deadline of Jan. 18, 2013 for anyone qualified for the foreclosure payment under the national settlement.” Hood said attorneys and
financial counselors with the partnering members of the consortium will be available to meet one-on-one with consumers. According to RealtyTrac.com, there are currently 34 homes in foreclosure in Lowndes County, which is approximately .01 percent of the
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A Maben man was arrested Sunday for stabbing a pregnant woman earlier in the day. Jones John Jones, 30, of 110 Sanders Trailer Park Road in Maben, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault after he stabbed his girlfriend’s sister Sunday morning. The incident occurred at the victim’s home on Maben Bell School House Road in Oktibbeha The victim, County. whose name is not being released, was stabbed multiple times before Jones fled the scene. She to was transpor ted Oktibbeha County Hospital and later airlifted to Jackson. She and her unborn child are listed in stable condition. Investigators with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department say the incident is still under investigation and additional charges are expected.
Columbus Christmas parade to be held tonight
decided I wanted to move to Columbus. So, I packed my things and I moved.” Nicholson arrived in the Friendly City in June. She said she traveled during the summer and decided she wanted to volunteer with Nicholson Main Street Columbus, leading to a major change in both her life and the leadership of the organization. She begins her tenure Dec. 10, replacing outgoing director Amber Brislin. “I went down to the Main Street office and met with Amber Brislin and I brought her my resume,” Nicholson said. “I was looking for some volunteer opportunities, and Amber told me she was leaving and that I should submit my resume, so I did.” A native of Georgia, Nicholson, 29, graduated from Shorter University in 2005 with a dual degree in music educaWhen: Street closings begin at 5 p.m., parade begins at 7 p.m. Streets will be closed for cleanup for about one hour after the parade. Where: Parade begins at Hitching Lot Farmers Market area. Both sides of Main Street, between 14th Street and Third Street, will be closed. College Street between 14th and Second Street, Fifth Street between College and Second Avenue North, Second and Third Streets North and 14th Street South between Main and College streets will also be closed.
New Main Street director brings ‘big city ideas’
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The new director of Main Street Columbus said she enjoyed the 2011 Wassail Fest so much she decided to move here. “I had visited Columbus a few times, and I was here for Wassail Fest in 2011,” Nickie Nicholson said Sunday. “I thought Wassail Fest was a great community event. I’ve moved around a lot, and I just
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1 A Jewish bar mitzvah ceremony is held when a boy turns 13. At what age is a girl’s bat mitzvah celebrated? 2 The Coen brothers’ movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? was loosely based on what work of literature? 3 Before “hello” was common, what word did Alexander Graham Bell suggest for answering the phone? 4 Bear, wolf, or cougar — what kind of animal’s bite forces Travis Coates to put down his dog, Old Yeller? 5 What takes exactly eight minutes and 20 seconds to reach the earth? Answers, 7B
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Columbus Arts Council welcomes Walter Parks, Richie Havens’ longtime lead guitarist, back to Columbus, this time with his Swamp Cabbage bandmates and their “swamp boogie blues.” Show time is 7 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. For
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I Wassail Fest: Historic downtown Columbus hosts the Ninth Annual Wassail Fest. Wassail – a spiced holiday drink – will be served at various downtown businesses from 5 - 9 p.m. Vote on your favorite wassail for a chance to win prizes. Merchants will also offer specials for the evening. Info: columbusmainstreet.com I Christmas Tree Lighting: The Columbus city Christmas tree will be lit at 6 p.m. in the field beside the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center.
Dawn Dawkins teaches gifted students at Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School in Columbus.
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WASHINGTON — David Letterman’s “stupid human tricks” and Top 10 lists vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim Sunday night as the late-night comedian received this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin, an actor, a ballerina and a bluesman. Stars from New York, Hollywood and the music world joined President Barack Obama at the White House on Sunday night to salute the honorees, whose ranks also include actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova. The honors are the nation’s highest award for those who influenced
American c u l t u r e through the arts. The recipients were later saluted by fellow perLetterman formers at the Kennedy Center Opera House in a show to be broadcast Dec. 26 on CBS. Obama drew laughs from his guests when he described the honorees as “some extraordinar y people who have no business being on the same stage together.” Noting that Guy made his first guitar strings using the wire from a window screen, he quipped, “That worked until his parents started wondering how all the mosquitoes were getting in.”
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Brinksmanship on Obama Medicaid expansion for poor
BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — It’s health care brinksmanship, with hundreds of billions of dollars and the well-being of millions of people at stake. Obama President Barack Obama’s health care law expands Medicaid, the federalstate health program for lowincome people, but cost-wary states must decide whether to take the deal. Turn it down, and governors risk coming off as callous toward their neediest residents. Not to mention the likely second-guessing for walking away from a pot of federal dollars estimated at nearly $1 trillion nationally over a decade. If the Obama administration were to compromise, say by sweetening the offer to woo a reluctant state, it would face immediate demands from 49 others for similar deals that could run up the tab by tens of billions of dollars. As state legislatures look ahead to their 2013 sessions, the calculating and the lobbying have already begun. Conser vative opponents of the health care law are leaning on lawmakers to turn down the Medicaid money. Hospitals, doctors’ groups, advocates for the poor, and some business associations are pressing them to accept it. “Here’s the big thing: The state does not want to expand
Medicaid and get stuck with the bill,” said Dr. Bill Hazel, Virginia’s health secretar y. “Our legislators do not like to raise taxes to pay for a benefit someone else has promised. The concerns we have ... are around federal solvency and the ability of the federal government to meet its commitment.” Medicaid covers nearly 60 million low-income and disabled people but differs significantly from state to state. Under the health care law, Medicaid would be expanded on Jan. 1, 2014, to cover people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $15,400 a year for an individual. About half the 30 million people gaining coverage under the law would do so through Medicaid. Most of the new beneficiaries would be childless adults, but about 2.7 million would be parents with children at home. The federal government would pay the full cost of the first three years of the expansion, gradually phasing down to a 90 percent share. The Supreme Court said states can turn down the Medicaid expansion. But if a state does so, many of its poorest residents would have no other way to get health insurance. The subsidized private coverage also available under Obama’s law is only for people making more than the poverty level, $11,170 for an individual. For the poor, Medicaid is the only option. Although the health care law fully funded the Medicaid expansion and Obama has pro-
tected the program from cuts, the federal government’s unresolved budget struggles don’t give states much confidence. Most states, including Republican-led Virginia, are considering their options. A recent economic analysis by the nonpar tisan Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute found that states will receive more than $9 from Washington for ever y $1 they spend to expand Medicaid, and a few will actually come out ahead, partly by spending less on charity care. States are commissioning their own studies. So far, eight states have said they will turn down the expansion, while 13 states plus the District of Columbia have indicated they will accept it. The eight declining are Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. Nearly 2.8 million people would remain uninsured in those states, according to Urban Institute estimates, with Texas alone accounting for close to half the total. Hospitals aren’t taking “no” for an answer in the states that have turned down the expansion. Although South Carolina’s Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has had her say, the Legislature has yet to be heard from, said Thornton Kirby, president of the South Carolina Hospital Association. Hospitals agreed to Medicare cuts in the health care law, banking on the Medicaid expansion to compen-
I National Association of Medicaid Directors: medicaiddirectors.org I Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured: kff.org/about/kcmu.cfm I Urban Institute: urban.org/publications/412707.html
sate them. “We’ve got a significant debate coming in Januar y,” said Kirby. “There are a lot of people tuning in to this issue.” In Maine, Democrats who control of the gained Legislature in the election are pushing to overcome Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s opposition. “Obamacare” was once assailed as a job killer by detractors, but on Wednesday in Missouri it was being promoted as the opposite. Missouri’s hospital association in released a study estimating that the economic ripple effects of the Medicaid expansion would actually create 24,000 jobs in the state. The University of Missouri study found that about 160,000 state residents would gain coverage. “This is not a political issue for us ... this is the real world,” said Joe Pierle, head of the Missouri Primar y Care Association, a doctors’ group. “It makes no sense to send our hard-earned federal tax dollars to our neighbors in Illinois.” By Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., had announced his support for the expansion, but he faces a challenge in persuading Republican legislative leaders.
In Florida, where GOP Gov. Rick Scott says he is rethinking his opposition, the state could end up saving money through the Medicaid expansion, said Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, which studied the financing. The reason is that Florida would spend less on a state program for people with catastrophic medical bills. Back in Washington, Health and Human Ser vices Secretar y Kathleen Sebelius says states can take all the time they need to decide. They can even get a free trial, signing up for the first three years of the expansion and dropping out later. But she hasn’t answered the one question that many states have: Would the Obama administration allow them to expand Medicaid just part way, taking in only people below the poverty line? That means other lowincome people currently eligible would be covered entirely on the federal government’s dime, and they would be getting private coverage, which is costlier than Medicaid. Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, says he doesn’t think states will get an answer anytime soon. “This is a game of chicken that we’re seeing,” said Salo. “Are the states bluffing, or are these states really serious? And at what point does the administration rethink things, and decide it’s worth getting half a loaf?”
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Alaska inmates find identity in orchestra
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EAGLE RIVER, Alaska — After serving a 14-year sentence for murder, no one would have expected Sarah Jane Coffman to go anywhere near the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center once she was released. But every Saturday she makes the 10-mile drive with a viola in tow for orchestra practice at the prison just north of Anchorage. Coffman, a founding member of the women’s string orchestra at the prison in 2003, will debut as a citizen member when the two annual holiday concerts are held Saturday. Acclaimed cellist Zuill Bailey will also perform with the women. “It probably seems weird to other people,” said Coffman, who was released Feb. 1. “A lot of people I love and care about are here, my friends. It’s almost a little comforting to see them, but I’m very happy to leave when it’s time to go.” This year’s concert is also a milestone for another founding member, cellist Dana Hilbish, convict-
ed for the 1991 murder of her common law husband in Ketchikan. She received a 60-year sentence, with 25 suspended. It will be her last performance. Hilbish has been granted parole early next year. The parole board “could have chosen to release me at that moment, and I was actually hoping they wouldn’t release me before the concert because this is a closing piece with friends that have become family for me,” said a beaming Hilbish. Pati Crofut, director of the Anchorage-based Arts on the Edge, founded the orchestra nine years ago at the suggestion of a friend, who was the educational coordinator at the prison. Crofut said she took up cello as an adult, and actually played in her son’s school orchestras in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. “I ran out of orchestras,” she told her friend, who suggested she start an orchestra at the prison. Crofut says there were some rocky days in getting the orchestra started, including a revolving door of prisoners in the pro-
gram. Since then, rules have been established, including only allowing women with long prison sentences to become members since it takes time to learn how to play a stringed instrument. Orchestra members also have to working with other rehabilitative programs in the prison, promise to practice and take part in the annual concert, which is a fundraiser to help sustain the orchestra. The orchestra has grown from eight to 30 members, divided into three separate groups: beginners, intermediate and advanced. The latter, Crofut says, is playing at a high-school orchestra level. Conductor Gabrielle Whitfield, also an Anchorage public schools teacher, said the Saturday practices at the prison are the highlight of her week. “They always say the greater a person’s sadness in life, the greater their capacity for joy,” she said. “I totally find that to be true here.”
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touch. Then they’d waddle back to the water. They really should have arms, the way they sway side to side. Walking buddy Shirley photographed the duck duo on a lake as still as glass while they glided by the dock. They looked as identical as twins, doubled by the water’s reflection. For more than a month all was well, then Jack and I walked to lake one day as I sang out “duck, duck.” The familiar call calmed the ducks and let them know it was just me and Jack. They always came waddling for “chop.” Around the corner came a solitary duck. It was the one Sam named Leah, for her weak
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duck takes to An odd friendwater.” ship is often born of Sam protested necessity. Jack, the getting the ducks white cat, lost Jane, for fear they would his companion, not be safe from when Jane stowed predators. But I reaaway in the bottom soned they were of the fishing boat. adult ducks. “They While in route to will swim,” I said. the river, Jane We witnessed all chose to bolt from the familiar duck the boat, never to Shannon Bardwell sayings. They wadbe found. dled, they lined up Last spring we like “ducks in a row,” were given three they played, splashed at the domestic ducks that were edge of the pond, and they raised in a Prairie field. The “ducked.” ducks had never seen more Across the field the ducks water than that of a kiddie pool. ran (or rather, waddled) to For weeks the ducks waddled where I fed them cracked corn beside the lake, rarely ventur(the Co-op calls “chop”), wheat ing in. I questioned “ ... like a seed, bread crumbs and occasionally lettuce. The ducks were a joy. Then one morning one of the ducks was gone, plucked into thin air. There was no sign of a struggle. There were no signs at all except that the remaining two ducks clung closer and ventured farther out into the water. The missing duck had been the most reluctant of the three to venture into the water. I suspected her reluctance might have been her waterloo. Eventually the ducks and Jack took interest in one another; Jack — a cat — and the ducks — birds, albeit big birds — became friends. Sometimes the ducks got close enough to allow a quick eye. Leah stretched her neck high and quacked nervously. She swung her head this way and that searching for what was not to be found. Like “sitting ducks,” they were. Sam was right. The ducks had not been safe, and now I was sad. I had not anticipated becoming attached to their beauty, their sweetness, even their vulnerability. And now Jack and I sit on the dock with the lone duck. The duck swims close and eyes Jack. Jack watches the duck. We all huddle closer as we wonder and watch. Shannon Rule Bardwell is a Southern writer living quietly in the Prairie. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
WSJ report card dings Mississippi
Mississippi ranked 40th in the Wall Street Journal’s “The Best and Worst Run States in America.” Among neighboring states only Louisiana ranked lower at 41st. Alabama ranked 28th, Arkansas 32nd, and Tennessee 12th. Nationwide, North Dakota ranked first while California ranked last. Each year the publication Bill Crawford reviews hundreds of data sets from multiple sources to determine how well each state is managed. “We looked at each state’s debt, revenue, expenditure and deficit to determine how well it is managed fiscally. We reviewed taxes, exports, and GDP growth, including a breakdown by sector, to identify how each state is managing its resources. We looked at poverty, income, unemployment, high school graduation, violent crime and foreclosure rates to measure if residents are prospering.” Here is what it said about Mississippi (using 2011 data): “Last year, Mississippi had the nation’s lowest median income. At just under $37,000, it was more than $13,500 below the national median income. Along with that distinction, no state had a higher poverty rate than Mississippi’s 22.6%, which was double the rate of six states. Mississippi has also fallen behind the rest of the nation in recovering from the financial crisis. The state’s GDP shrank by 0.8% in 2011, the second largest decline in the country, and 10.7% of the state’s workforce was unemployed, the fourth-highest figure in the U.S. According to The Commercial Appeal, there are currently as many residents employed as in the mid-1990s, though the state’s population has risen from 2.7 million to nearly 3 million.” Notably, the business oriented Wall Street Journal sees the prosperity of a state’s population as an outcome measurement of state government. How ‘bout that. It found a number of characteristics common among the best managed states: well-managed budgets, top credit ratings, well-educated populations, and low unemployment rates. The report noted that many factors can affect a state’s status – poor governance, extreme weather, regional problems, abundant resources, the subprime mortgage crisis, etc. “Despite this, it is the responsibility of each state,” said the report, “to deal with the resources at its disposal. Each government must anticipate economic shifts and diversify its industries and attract new business. A state should be able to raise enough revenue to ensure the safety of its citizens and minimize hardship without spending more than it can prudently afford. Some states have historically done this much better than others.” Interesting, isn’t it, that our state leaders do not give us an annual report card on this sort of data. Indeed, you can go to the state web site and the various agency web sites, dig deep, and find bits and pieces of such data. But there is no one place to get an annual, comprehensive report card of the state’s performance…unless you read out-of-state publications. Crawford (email@example.com) is a syndicated columnist who lives in Meridian.
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every detail on the local radio within 15 minutes. I know what I did when I was a teenager. I do not remember any older women trying to make a move on me but I remember trying to make a move on a number of older women. In my opinion, the majority of boys are ready for sex by the time Raider: When you get down to they are 15 years old. They are it, there are many disparities in not ready for any adult responsi“justice.” There are disparities in bilities, but they are ready for the the sentences between male vs. females, minorities vs. whites, rich sex. And I would suspect that in the majority of these encounters, vs poor, old vs young, street they are just as much the aggrescrimes vs. white collar and many others. Is it fair? Not for the most sor as the older women. I don’t know if no jail time is the most part. However, I am a man and I appropriate sentence in these do see statutory rape and sexual cases, but I don’t agree with assault crimes of males and excessively long sentences. Each females differently. case is difference. But, I doubt I am not going to try and tell you how teenage females in gener- that in most cases, the boy was just an innocent bystander. al view a sexual relationship with Interested to hear from a an older man but, for a teenage female on their perspective of boy...I think in general, sex with teenage boys and older women. an older woman is a goal. When I was a teenager, there were a number of teachers I really wanted. When I was a junior in high school, my public speaking KJ705: “The road to success is teacher was 22, fresh out of colin having an open, frank discuslege and was the dream of every boy on campus. She was “smoking sion and saying we need to stop this,” Bryant said. hot.” The guys would sit around But...we can’t have this discusand talk about what we would do with her. If I could have, I definite- sion with actual teens having actuly would have slept with her and I al sex and actually getting pregnant. And we certainly can’t actuwould have been a living legend. ally teach them how to properly She would have gotten fired because I would have broadcast use contraceptive, and we most The following is an edited selection of reader comments posted at the end of stories and columns published on-line. More can be found at www.cdispatch.com. definitely can’t give them access to contraceptives. Bryant is somehow convinced that abstinenceonly is the best approach to teaching young people about sex because, well look at how many babies abstinence only produces! You can’t get that many babies if teens don’t know about success. We’re fantastic.
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funkynuts: Yea, you can pussyfoot around all you want, but at some point you are going to have to face it is the students who are blowing this, and to some degree their parents, and then to a lesser degree the leadership locally who aren’t setting much in the way of an example, unless you’re wanting to set the example of how to pull nonsense, dodge your responsibilities, and blame everyone else for your failures. When a student goes to school, he/she either gets the job done, or slacks off and fails. When a student is known to be failing, you don’t blame the car or bus that brought them to school. It is either the teacher (not likely), the student (more likely), or the parents (very likely). All the rest is excuses and nonsense. I guess we’re going to blame the beer bottles, candy wrappers, etc. for littering the neighborhoods?
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Veterans’ gun rights sticky issue in defense bill
BY KEVIN FREKING The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun? The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of warfare. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms. Sen. Charles Schumer, DN.Y., objected, saying the measure would make it easier for veterans with mental illness to own a gun, endangering themselves and others. “I love our veterans, I vote for them all the time. They defend us,” Schumer said. “If you are a veteran or not and you have been judged to be mentally infirm, you should not have a gun.” Currently, the VA appoints fiduciaries, often family members, to manage the pensions and disability benefits of veterans who are declared incompe-
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tent. When that happens, the department automatically enters the veteran’s name in the Criminal Background Check System. A core group of lawmakers led by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has for several years wanted to prohibit the VA from submitting those names to the gun-check registry unless a judge or magistrate deems the veteran to be a danger. This year’s version of the bill has 21 co-sponsors. It passed
the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee by voice vote, a tactic generally reserved for noncontroversial legislation. Coburn’s amendment to the defense bill contained comparable language. “All I am saying is, let them at least have their day in court if you are going to take away a fundamental right given under the Constitution,” Coburn said in the Senate debate last Thursday night. Congressional aides said
Coburn will likely drop his effort to amend the defense bill with his proposal, but that he intends to try again on other bills coming to the Senate floor. The number of veterans directly affected by the VA’s policy doesn’t appear to very large. Only 185 out of some 127,000 veterans added to the gun-check registry since 1998 have sought to have their names taken off, according to data that the VA shared with lawmakers during a hearing last June. Still, the legislation over the years has attracted strong support from the National Rifle Association and various advocacy groups for veterans. “We consider it an abject tragedy that so many of our veterans return home, after risking life and limb to defend our freedom, only to be stripped of their Second Amendment rights because they need help managing their compensation,” Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, wrote last year in an editorial. The NRA did not respond to queries from the AP about Coburn’s latest effort. Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said gun control advocates consider the VA’s current policy reasonable. “We’re talking about people who have some form of disability to the extent that they’re unable
to manage their own affairs,” Gross said. “If you’re deemed unable to handle your own affairs, that’s likely to constitute a high percentage of people who are dangerously mentally ill.” Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said veterans with a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder but who pose no threat to others are possibly being barred from gun ownership. The current restrictions might even be a disincentive for veterans to seek needed treatment, he said. “We want to remove these stigmas for mental health treatment. It’s a combat injur y,” Tarantino said. “They wouldn’t be doing this if you were missing your right hand, so they shouldn’t be doing it if you’re seeking treatment for post-traumaticstress-disorder or traumatic brain injury.” VA officials have told lawmakers they believe veterans deemed incompetent already have adequate protections. For example, they said, veterans can appeal the finding of incompetency based on new evidence. And even if the VA maintains a veteran is incompetent, he can petition the agency to have his firearm rights restored on the basis of not posing a threat to public safety.
Five states to increase class time in some schools
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WASHINGTON — Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer. Five states were to announce Monday that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee will take part in the initiative, which is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. The three-year pilot program will affect almost
20,000 students in 40 schools, with long-term hopes of expanding the program to include additional schools — especially those that serve low-income communities. Schools, working in concert with districts, parents and teachers, will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year or both. A mix of federal, state and district funds will cover the costs of expanded learning time, with the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning also chipping in In resources. Massachusetts, the program builds on the state’s existing expanded-learning
program. In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy is hailing it as a natural outgrowth of an education reform law the state passed in May that included about $100 million in new funding, much of it to help the neediest schools. Spending more time in the classroom, education officials said, will give students access to a more wellrounded curriculum that includes arts and music, individualized help for students who fall behind and opportunities to reinforce critical math and science skills. educators “Whether have more time to enrich instruction or students have more time to learn
how to play an instrument and write computer code, adding meaningful inschool hours is a critical investment that better prepares children to be successful in the 21st century,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement. The project comes as educators across the U.S. struggle to identify the best ways to strengthen a public education system that many fear has fallen behind other nations. Student testing, teacher evaluations, charter schools and vouch-
er programs join longer school days on the list of reforms that have been put forward with varying degrees of success. The report from the center, which advocates for extending instruction time, cites research suggesting students who spend more hours learning perform better. One such study, from Harvard economist Roland Fryer, argues that of all the factors affecting educational outcomes, two are the best predictors of success: intensive tutoring
and adding at least 300 hours to the standard school calendar. More classroom time has long been a priority for Duncan, who warned a congressional committee in May 2009 — just months after becoming education secretary — that American students were at a disadvantage compared to their peers in India and China. That same year, he suggested schools should be open six or seven days per week and should run 11 or 12 months out of the year.
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tion and vocal performance. After graduation, she moved to Massachusetts, where she worked as a state spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and taught middle school. “I loved working for Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” Nicholson said. “I did a lot of traveling and performing. I got to sing for the (Boston) Red Sox. It was an exciting time.” Having spent a lot of time in larger cities, Nicholson said she hopes to implement some “big city ideas” in the Columbus community, especially in regard to downtown housing. “We are looking at ways to boost downtown housing,” she said. “We need to make it more accessible. Columbus is number one in the state for upper-level housing. We need to let people know we have this. We want to make it easier for military wives and teachers from (Mississippi University for Women) to find apartments. We want them to know what’s available for them before they even get to town.” Another area Nicholson said she will concentrate on is attracting more businesses to the downtown area. “I hope we are able to lure more merchants to the downtown area,” she said. “We are looking to incorporate some variety. I would like to see some more food places downtown. The ones we have are phenomenal, and I eat with them all of the time. I’m grateful for all of the downtown merchants. We just want to bring more people downtown to shop
and eat.” She said she plans to serve at the wishes of the Main Street Columbus board and the community. “I am here to serve,” Nicholson said. “My focus is Main Street and how it can make the community a better place.”
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business owner. His passing is a great loss for our state and a personal loss for Gayle and me.” son-in-law, Turner’s Ward 5 Councilman Kabir Karriem, said he will miss his mentor’s brave nature. “Sen. Bennie Turner always embodied the spirit of rising to the occasion, never a coward to be safe, never expedient to be political nor was he vain to be popular,” Karriem said. “He asked the question, ‘Is it right?’(He served) all the people in District 16 in the spirit of honor, decency, excellence and truth because it was right, leaving for us a legacy to carry on of freedom, justice and equality, for us and all of our generations to come. He made all of our family proud as a husband, father and grandfather, with many accomplishments. He will truly be missed — his counsel and advice was priceless.” Turner was born Aug. 21, 1948 in West Point and was the youngest child of Robert Turner and Esther B. Hunter. After graduating from Fifth Street High School in 1966, he received an associate’s degree in government Mar y Holmes from College, a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mississippi State University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1974. He began practicing law with Pennington and Walker in 1976, the law firm of Walker and Turner in 1995, and later went on to organize Turner & Associates, P.L.L.C. He was instrumental in forming T&W (Turner and Walker) Communications Corporation, where he was owner of WTWG-AM 1050 radio station, and was past owner of WACR AM/FM radio; he also served as president of the National Association of Black Broadcasters. “I had known Bennie since 1986,” Turner WCBI news personality R.H. Brown said. “I left Boston in 1985 and moved down here. I worked for him at WACR. I worked for him for 14 years — the time went by so fast. I worked for him when WACR was located in Catfish Alley. He was a friend. He was not a hard man to approach. The thing a lot of people did not know about Sen. Turner was that he was a funny man — he had a great sense of humor. Yes, he was ver y quiet and
addition to our years together in the state senate, I served with him on the board of directors of North Mississippi Rural Legal Ser vices in the 1980s when he served as chairman. Bennie Turner was a true public servant who exhibited integrity and bipartisanship. He led a successful law practice and was a smar t small
soft-spoken, but he was also very funny. His legacy as a broadcaster will live on. Black radio was hard to sell back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He pioneered and he held on and he was able to sell WACR. He hired talent from across the country. He brought a big market sound to a very small market. As a senator, he was intelligent and shrewd. He was a leader in the Senate.” Self also got her start in broadcasting, working for Turner at WACR as a “morning show sidekick.” But almost 20 years later, she said she will always be grateful to the late broadcaster and senator. “I met him in 1993 when I was a freshman in college,” Self said. “I worked for him for about a month before I met him. I am so grateful to him for the opportunity he gave me and many others. In the Senate, he was a mover and a shaker, but he didn’t do it loudly. Both and Democrats Republicans respected him. He was quiet but respectable. As a person, people are going to remember him as someone who had a strong presence when he walked into the room. He exemplified that person who had been given some opportunities in life, and then he helped others to have their own opportunities.”
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national average. “Foreclosure is the absolute last thing a bank wants to do,” real estate attorney Michael Freed said. “Foreclosures sound so bad, but remember, there are two parties involved and two parties that sign the contract. Realistically, all someone has to do is stay in touch with the bank and make efforts to work it out. Foreclosures have a lot to do with what type of loan you get. I don’t do a lot with FHA (Federal Housing Authority) loans or mortgages — I do mostly inhouse bank loans. In Mississippi, there are no ‘mortgages’— they are referred to as a ‘Deed of Trust.’ A Deed of Trust is a loan that is secured with the property. The security is in the property. But again, banks aren’t looking to get into the real estate business. If people will keep in contact with the bank regarding their problems, things can be worked out.”
Freed said foreclosing on a home can be a lengthy process. “I don’t do a whole lot of foreclosures,” Freed said. “I don’t think it’s a big problem in Mississippi or this area — the statistics show this. If this were the East Coast or Nevada, then yes, it would be a problem. Foreclosing can take a while and it can be a big headache for everyone involved. Although notice isn’t required by law, most attorneys notify their clients with a registered letter. Then, a notice has to run in the paper for three weeks but most attorneys run it for four weeks. The whole thing can take two to three months, and a lot of it can be worked out with the bank.” A spokesperson for Hood’s office said homeowners unable to attend the clinic can still receive assistance from the consortium by calling 866-5309572 or visiting msmortgagesettlement.com or agjimhood.com.
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Risk is at heart of troop withdrawal debate
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WASHINGTON — The debate over how many U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2014 comes down to risky business. There is a risk that leaving too few troops after 2014 would stop or stall the already slow development of the Afghan army and police, whose competence — and that of the Afghan government as a whole — is crucial to ending the war successfully. On the other hand, keeping too many foreign troops beyond 2014 might only prolong Afghanistan’s dependence upon them, while Western forces absorb even more casualties. Perhaps the greatest risk is that a wrong calculation by the U.S. on troop levels could enable the Taliban and affiliated insurgents to regain lost territory and influence. President Barack Obama has pledged to wind down the 11-year-old war, even as Congress presses for an accelerated withdrawal. The intent, approved by NATO in 2010, is to remove combat forces by the end of 2014 but to continue yet-to-be-defined security assistance. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has described the broad outlines of a post-
2014 plan that amounts to a scaled-down version of what U.S. and NATO forces are already doing: fighting terrorists, training and assisting the Afghan forces, and providing logistical support. Panetta won’t say how many forces would be needed for that set of missions, but analysts estimate as many as 10,000 to 15,000. Military commanders have laid out options for a post-2014 force ranging from about 6,000 to 15,000, and Panetta and other members of Obama’s national security team are debating that issue now, with a decision expected by the end of the year. But the final number for the end of 2014, and how quickly the military gets to that level, depends on how the White House assesses the political and military risks of having too few troops there to keep the terrorists at bay, or having too many to satisfy war-weary and budget-conscious Americans. Underlying that debate is perhaps the starkest risk — that by pulling out troops too quickly, Obama would become the president who lost the war and enabled another devastating attack on America. There are currently about 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and com-
manders would like to maintain as big a force as possible through most of 2013. But others argue that as support for the war continues to erode in Congress and across America, significant cuts must be made at some point next year. A Pew Research Center poll in early October found that 60 percent of respondents favored removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible, with 35 percent saying they should stay until the country is stable. That’s a nearly complete reversal from a September 2008 Pew Research poll that showed 33 percent wanted troops out as soon as possible and 61 percent said they should stay until the country has stabilized. “You don’t want to keep everything in place and then fall off a cliff at the end of 2014,” former Pentagon chief Michele policy Flournoy said in an interview with The Associated Press. “You want to gradually step down your residual presence so you have confidence in it, and so you’ve had a chance to work through some of the issues and challenges that emerge as we go into the latter stages of transition.” Flournoy, who has been mentioned as a possible defense secretary after Panetta steps down, said
the military will likely reduce the force in several steps next year, leaving time between cuts to reposition troops. Any substantial reductions are likely to take place
early in the year and again toward the fall, so that the military can maintain a consistent troop strength during the peak fighting season that runs from roughly April to October.
“It’s very hard to be repositioning your force as you’re fighting. So they’ll argue for having a plateau during the fighting season and then taking a steeper drawdown,” Flournoy said.
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Serial killer Gacy’s blood may solve old murders
BY DON BABWIN The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed — mostly whether they had other unknown victims. Now, in a game of scientific catch-up, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department is trying to be creative: They’ve created DNA profiles of Gacy and others and figured out they could get the executed men entered in a national database shared with other law enforcement agencies because the murderers were technically listed as homicide victims themselves when they were put to death by the state. The department’s hope is to find matches of DNA evidence from blood, semen or strands of hair, or skin under the fingernails of victims that link the long-dead killers to the coldest of cold cases. And they’re hoping to prompt authorities in other states to submit the DNA of their own executed inmates or from decades-old crime scenes. “You just know some of these guys did other murders” that were never solved, said Jason Moran, the sheriffs’ detective leading the effort, noting that some of the executed killers ranged all over the countr y before the convictions that put them behind bars for the last time. The Illinois testing, which began during the summer, is the latest chapter in a story that began when Sheriff Tom Dart exhumed the remains of unknown victims of Gacy to create DNA profiles that could be compared with the DNA of people whose loved ones went missing in the 1970s, when Gacy was killing young men. That effort, which led to the identification of one Gacy victim, caused Dart to wonder if the technology could help answer a question that has been out there for decades: Did Gacy kill anyone besides those young men whose bodies were stashed under his house or tossed in a
This 1978 file photo shows serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
river? “He traveled a lot,” Moran said of Gacy. “Even though we don’t have any information he committed crimes elsewhere, the sheriff asked if you could put it past such an evil person.” After unexpectedly finding three vials of Gacy’s blood stored with other Gacy evidence, Moran learned the state would only accept the blood in the crime database if it came from a coroner or medical examiner. Moran thought he was out of luck. But then Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil surprised him with this revelation: In his office freezer were blood samples from Gacy and at least three other executed inmates. The reason they were there is because after the death penalty was reinstated in Illinois in the 1970s, executions were carried out in Will County — all between 1990 and 1999, a year before then-Gov. George Ryan established a moratorium on the death penalty. So it was O’Neil’s office that conducted the autopsies and collected the blood samples. But there was bigger obstacle. While the state does send to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System the profiles of homicide victims no matter when they were killed, it will only send the profiles of known felons if they were convicted since a new state law was enacted about a decade ago that allowed them to be
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Three vials of mass murderer John Wayne Gacy’s blood, recently discovered by Cook County Sheriff’s detective Jason Moran, are pictured Friday in Chicago. The sheriff’s department is creating DNA profiles from the blood of Gacy and other executed killers and putting them in a national DNA database.
included, Moran said. That meant the profile of Gacy, who received a lethal injection in 1994, and the profiles of other executed inmates could not qualify for the database under the felon provision. They could, however, qualify as people who died by homicide. “They’re homicides because the state intended to take the inmate’s life,” O’Neil said. Last year, authorities in Florida created a DNA profile from the blood of executed serial killer Ted Bundy in an attempt to link him to other murders. But officials there, where the law allows profiles of convicted felons be uploaded into the database as well as the phase-in of profiles of people arrested on felony charges, don’t know of any law enforcement agency reaching back into history the way Cook County’s sheriff’s office is. “We haven’t had any initiative where we are going back to executed offenders and asking for their samples,” said David
Coffman, director of Florida of Law Department Enforcement’s laborator y system. “I think it’s an innovative approach.” O’Neil said he is still looking for blood samples of the rest of the 12 condemned inmates executed between 1977 when Illinois reinstated the death penalty and 2000 when thenGov. George Ryan established a moratorium. So far, DNA profiles have been done on the blood of Gacy and two others; the profile of the fourth inmate has not yet been done. Among the other executed inmates whose blood was submitted for testing was Lloyd Wayne Hampton, a drifter executed in 1998 for his crimes. Not only did Hampton’s long list of crimes include crimes outside the state — one conviction was for the torture of a woman in California — but shortly before he was put to death, he claimed to have committed other murders but never provided details. So far, no computer hits have
linked Gacy or the others to any other crimes. But Moran and O’Neil suspect there are investigators who are holding DNA evidence that could help solve them. That is exactly what happened during the investigation into the 1993 slayings of seven people at a suburban Chicago restaurant, during which an evidence technician collected a half-eaten chicken dinner even though there was no way to test it for DNA at the time. When the technology did become available, the dinner was tested and it revealed the identity of one of two men ultimately convicted in the slayings. Moran says he wants investigators in other states to know that Gacy’s blood is now open for analysis in their unsolved murders. He hopes those jurisdictions will, in turn, submit DNA profiles of their own executed inmates. “That is part of the DNA system that’s not being tapped into,” he said.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Investigators say a man found dead of an apparent suicide in an Alaska jail was not only suspected of killing an Anchorage barista but may be linked to seven other possible slayings around the country. Israel Keyes, who had also confessed to killing a Vermont couple, was found dead in his cell Sunday, authorities said at a news conference that included U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler, the FBI, and Anchorage police. Keyes was facing a March trial in Anchorage federal court for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who was abducted from a coffee kiosk in the city last February. He was later arrested in Texas after using the victim’s debit card. Anchorage police chief Mark Mew said Keyes confessed to killing Koenig, as well as killing Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt. The bodies of the Curriers have never been found. They were last seen leaving their jobs on June 8, 2011. Co-workers reported them missing the next day. Keyes, 34, also indicated he killed four others in Washington state and one person in New York state, but didn’t give the victims’ names, authorities said. Authorities wouldn’t say how Keyes killed himself, only that he was alone in his cell. An autopsy will be conducted. Keyes could have faced the death penalty in the Koenig case. The FBI contends Keyes killed Koenig less than a day after she was kidnapped. Her body was recovered
April 2 from an ice-covlake ered north of Anchorage. Koenig’s disappearance gripped Keyes the city for weeks. A surveillance camera showed an apparently armed man in a hooded sweat shirt leading Koenig away from the coffee stand. Koenig’s friends and relatives established a reward fund and plastered the city with fliers with her photo in hopes of finding the young woman alive. Prosecutors said Keyes stole the debit card from a vehicle she shared that was parked near her home, obtained the personal identification number and scratched the number into the card. After killing Koenig, Keyes used her phone to send text messages to conceal the abduction, according to prosecutors. He flew to Texas and returned Feb. 17 to Anchorage, where he sent another text message demanding ransom and directing it to the account connected to the stolen debit card, according to prosecutors. Keyes made withdrawals from automated teller machines in Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas before his arrest in Texas, according to prosecutors. He was charged with kidnapping resulting in Koenig’s death. Koenig’s family said there was no apparent previous connection between the teen and the suspect. Reached by phone Sunday, Koenig’s father, James Koenig declined to comment on Keyes’ death.
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BY RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press
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Mississippi State University running back LaDarius Perkins runs away from University of Michigan defenders in the Bulldogs’ 52-14 victory in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Fla.
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STARKVILLE — For the second time in three years, the Mississippi State University football team will have New Year’s Day plans. MSU (8-4) has accepted an invitation to the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl to face Northwestern University (93) on Jan. 1, 2013. MSU last spent New Year’s Day in Jacksonville to start 2011 with a 52-14 victor y against the University of Michigan to complete a nine-win season for the 2010 campaign. The victory marked MSU’s first invitation and victory in a New Year’s Day bowl game in the state of Florida since 1940.
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“I know our team couldn’t be more excited to come back to Jacksonville, as they had great experience last time and the time our players had was very special,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said. “It is such a great reward for this senior class I first recruited and bought into what we’re trying to build.” The matchup against the Wildcats (9-3) is MSU’s third-straight bowl
appearance under Mullen. The Bulldogs will go for a sixth-straight bowl victory dating back to the 1999 Peach Bowl against Clemson University. ESPN2 will televise the game at 11 a.m. “Bulldog fans have shown how enthusiastic and supportive they are of our team with record ticket sales each of the last two years, and I know they will take over Jacksonville for New Year’s Eve and EverBank Field on New Year’s Day,” MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said. Northwestern will make its fifthstraight bowl appearance, and fourth
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Ole Miss, Pittsburgh set for Birmingham
By The Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The University of Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent University of Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet Jan. 5, 2013, in a matchup of 6-6 Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference teams led by first-year coaches. Pitt became bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season Saturday with a 27-3 rout of the University of South Florida, rebounding after losing its first two games to Youngstown State University and the University of Cincinnati. Paul Chryst’s Panthers also took No. 1 University of Notre Dame to triple overtime before losing.
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“While it is unusual to play in the same bowl three years in a row, we are excited to be facing a traditional program like Ole Miss,” Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson said. “This game is held in a great football city and our hosts have already discussed giving our team some different expe-
riences on this trip. We are proud of how our team finished the regular season and we’re excited they can play one more game together.” Pittsburgh will join the Atlantic Coast Conference next season. Ole Miss won its sixth game with a 41-24 upset of Mississippi State University for the program’s first Egg Bowl win in four years. Rebels coach Hugh Freeze led a resurgence of a team with one SEC victory in the previous two seasons and coming off a 2-10 year. Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork praised Freeze “for the fantastic turnaround.” “I especially want to congratulate our seniors and the rest of the team
NEW YORK — The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power. No. 1 University of Notre Dame against No. 2 University of Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7 for the national title. No complaints. That Fiesta Bowl with No. 5 University of Oregon against No. 7 Kansas State University looks good, too. After that, well, you can see why so many fans are so eager to get rid of the BCS. No. 4 University of Florida goes to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans to face No. 22 University of INSIDE Louisville, a Big East I MORE Conference team that was COLLEGE unranked as recently as last FOOTBALL: Bowl week. Schedule. Then again, at least the Page 4B Cardinals are ranked. Big Ten Conference champion I Also, University of Wisconsin will Vanderbilt be the first five-loss team to University and play in the Rose Bowl when it coach James faces No. 8 Stanford Franklin agreed University in Pasadena, Calif. to a new Then there’s the Orange contract. Bowl in Miami, where No. 13 Page 5B Florida State University will face No. 16 Northern Illinois University, the MidAmerican Conference champion that took advantage of the lackluster Big Ten and Big East champions to slip into the BCS with a 12-1 record. “It’s a great story,” Orange CEO Eric Poms said Sunday night, trying to put the best spin possible on a matchup that looks like a potential mismatch. “I think we’ll be just fine.” Meanwhile, here’s a list of teams that won’t be playing in the BCS I No. 3 Ohio State University. The Buckeyes’ postseason ban helped put the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. I No. 6 University of Georgia, No. 9 LSU, No. 10 Texas A&M University, and No. 11 University of South Carolina couldn’t get in because of the rule that permits no more than two teams from one conference. I No. 12 University of Oklahoma was all but a lock for the Sugar Bowl, before NIU took the backdoor to being a BCS buster. “We’re 12-1,” Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch told ESPN. “We faced tons of adversity this year. We won tons of games. ... We definitely deserve to be in there.” Maybe the Huskies can become this year’s Boise State University and shock the Seminoles. The fear is the team that lost to Iowa and barely beat the University of Kansas will be more like the University of Hawaii version of BCS buster
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NFL: Week 13
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As investigators search for a motive to help explain why Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself, a discordant picture of the couple began to emerge. Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had lived apart briefly earlier in the year but had gotten back together by Thanksgiving, according to a friend of Perkins. Brianne York, 21, said Sunday INSIDE the couple, who had a 3-monthI MORE NFL: The Denver Broncos, old daughter, Zoey, argued about New England Patriots, and Atlanta “normal couple stuff” but that Falcons won their divisions. her friend was “really happy Page 2B about being a mom.”
Thursday’s Game I Atlanta 23, New Orleans 13 Sunday’s Games I Seattle 23, Chicago 17, OT I Green Bay 23, Minnesota 14 I St. Louis 16, San Francisco 13, OT I Kansas City 27, Carolina 21 I Houston 24, Tennessee 10 I N.Y. Jets 7, Arizona 6 I Indianapolis 35, Detroit 33 I Buffalo 34, Jacksonville 18 I New England 23, Miami 16 I Denver 31, Tampa Bay 23 I Cleveland 20, Oakland 17 I Cincinnati 20, San Diego 13 I Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 20 I Dallas 38, Philadelphia 33 Today’s Game I N.Y. Giants at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
‘Normal couple stuff’ before Chiefs murder-suicide
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back Brady Quinn. “It When she learned was an eerie feeling after Saturday that Belcher a win, because you don’t had fatally shot Perkins at think you can really win the couples’ home, York in this situation.” said, she thought someYork, who met Perkins one must have been miswhile taking classes at taken. the Blue River campus of After ward, Belcher Belcher Metropolitan Community drove about five miles to Arrowhead Stadium, where he College, said the women bondthanked general manager Scott ed during their pregnancies. Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel York has a baby boy who was for all they’d done for him. born months before Perkins Belcher then fatally shot him- gave birth to Zoey. “It doesn’t seem that that self in the practice facility’s would be the end of their story,” parking lot, police said. Sunday found Crennel on the York said. “It just seems like if sidelines, bravely holding things didn’t work out, they together a team in turmoil. The would have gone their separate Chiefs rallied to a 27-21 victory ways. I would never have over the Carolina Panthers, thought that this would be how breaking an eight-game losing it ended.” York said that sometime streak. “It was tough,” said quarter- after Halloween Perkins had
gone to visit her family in Texas. Perkins also briefly stayed with her cousin, who is married to Chiefs player Jamaal Charles. Belcher and Perkins met through Charles, York said. A message left for Charles and his wife through an assistant was not immediately returned. York said the root of the argument was that Belcher, “sometimes he would just be down in his man cave or whatever,” and Perkins wanted to spend more time together as a family. “They ended up wanting to try to work it out,” York said, “and the next time I went over and visited she told me everything was good and things were better, so I thought everything was fine.”
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Today’s Game Winston Academy at Central Academy Tuesday’s Games Neshoba Central at Starkville West Lowndes at Noxapater Noxubee County at West Point New Hope at Louisville Heritage Acad. at Madison-Ridgeland Acad. Victory Christian at First Assembly Starkville Academy at East Rankin Academy Immanuel Christian at Oak Hill Academy Hebron Christian at Calhoun Academy
Columbus soccer teams sweep Greenville-Weston
The Columbus High School girls soccer team beat Greenville-Weston 7-1 and the boys team completed the sweep Saturday with a 3-1 victory. The Columbus girls improved to 4-3-1, while the boys improved to 6-2. “Facing very athletic teams like Greenville is always a challenge,” Columbus coach Ben Moore said. “We were pleased with our players’ performances on the road. We were able to continue to work on the skills we’ll need to compete through the rest of the season.” Sophomore India Yarborough had two goals to lead the girls team. Senior Jessica Thompson, sophomore Kelanie Frazier, sophomore Bree Weston, freshman Ashley David, and seventhgrader Mariah Beckham also had goals. Junior Jasmine Dismuke had an assist, and sophomore goalkeeper Carmen Giles had four saves. The boys team overcame a one-goal deficit in the second half. Senior captain Ricky Hackler had two goals. Junior Trace Lee added the final goal off an assist from sophomore Daniel Hayward. Sophomore James Hayes led a strong defensive effort. “We’re glad to get the wins today and keep nurturing our injured players back to full strength as we continue to develop our program,” Moore said. The Lady Falcons improved to 4-3-1, and the Falcons improved to 6-2. Columbus will play the Mississippi School for Math and Science today at the Burns Bottom Soccer Complex.
People would have said you are STARKVILLE — One counter crazy to go out there. We did it and attack can change a match. For most of the past nine seasons, things fell in place. That story doesn’t mean it is going to happen exactly the Mississippi State University the same, but it doesn’t mean it can’t women’s soccer team tried to happen here. That is why I am not become a program that did more really afraid of it.” than bunker in and absorb pressure. It will take someone with drive While MSU had admirable success and ambition to transform MSU’s in non-conference games, it often soccer program. Gordon made the opted to play a more defensive style point his decision was based in part against Southeastern Conference on the fact MSU is “relevant” opponents. That brand of soccer is because it is in the SEC. That is true, what then-coach Neil Macdonald felt but history shows MSU is nowhere gave his team its best chance to be near the same level as the University successful. of Florida, Texas A&M, the Unfortunately, MSU had only 17 University of Tennessee, SEC victories in that time, Auburn University, just to which in October paved the name four of the league’s way for Macdonald to be top programs, and lags removed as head coach and behind others with more re-assigned within the athtradition. letic department. Gordon will have to work On Tuesday, MSU hard to change the percepunleashed a counter attack tion and reality that surit hopes will transform the round MSU. He will have to program. Aaron Gordon work even harder behind comes to Starkville knowing MSU has had only five win- Adam Minichino the scenes to build financial support that could help him ning seasons in its 18-year and the program realize other amenihistory. The last time the Bulldogs ties. qualified for the SEC tournament Gordon’s résumé shows he has was 2004. Although the top 10 teams the contacts that could give him an now advance to the league tournaadvantage in recruiting. He has ment, reaching Orange Beach, Ala., extensive experience as a club coach the site of the annual event, figures in the state of Texas, one of the to be a little tougher given the introbiggest hotbeds for talent in the duction this season of the University country. He has professional experiof Missouri and Texas A&M ence from the time he spent with University. Stone as a coach with the Atlanta But Gordon is familiar with the success of Texas A&M. He spent the Beat of the Women’s United Soccer Association, a defunct women’s past six seasons as an assistant and league. He also was director of associate head coach at Texas Tech coaching for Major League’s Soccer University. In that time, he helped FC Dallas from 2003-07. coach Tom Stone build a program “Relationships are where recruitthat peaked this season with a ing goes,” Gordon said. “I can’t school-record 16 victories, its first trip to the NCAA tournament, and its expect friends to just give me players, but I certainly think we’ll be in first NCAA tournament victory. On paper, coaching at Texas Tech the conversation where Mississippi State probably wasn’t before.” appeared to be an ideal situation. Gordon’s drive will be crucial to The Red Raiders figured to lose only locate unknown talent or players five seniors from the best team in who, for whatever reason, failed to program history, they were playing be recruited by other Division I at a $5M complex with a locker schools. A new coach can inject fresh room, team lounge, and athletic energy into a program and help training facilities, and opened a change the thinking of a program 37,8000-square foot soccer specific that has fallen into familiar patterns. indoor complex earlier this year. Gordon will face his next chalGordon was frank, though, when lenge when he brings those players asked why he decided to leave all of to MSU. He admitted Tuesday that and take the MSU job. MSU’s soccer facilities don’t com“I want to run my own program,” pare with most of the teams in the Gordon said. “Tom Stone and I are SEC. Instead, he said MSU’s faciligreat friends. When he hired me, he ties compare more favorably to knew I wanted to do this. Could teams like Oklahoma State, the there be a better chance? I don’t University of Kansas, Iowa State know. I was a finalist for (the University of) Arkansas last year and University, and Baylor University in the Big 12. All of those programs I didn’t get it. I went through this have advanced to the NCAA tournaprocess with two or three schools ment at least once since 2005. last year. The timing wasn’t right, When it comes to facilities, Iowa and this one just felt right. Five years ago, if you had come to me and said, See MINICHINO, 4B ‘Would you go to Texas Tech?’
Today’s Game MSMS at Columbus, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Caledonia at Starkville, 5 p.m. West Point at Winona, 5 p.m. New Hope at Amory, 5 p.m.
Men’s College Basketball
Tuesday’s Game Texas-San Antonio at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. Southern Miss at Arizona, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Game Dayton at Alabama, 8 p.m. Saturday’s Games Mississippi State at Providence, 11 a.m. Rutgers at Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Alabama at Cincinnati, 2 p.m. Southern Miss at New Mexico State, 8 p.m.
Women’s College Basketball
Tuesday’s Game Southern Miss at Arkansas-Little Rock, 7 p.m. Friday’s Game Florida Atlantic at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games Massachusetts at Ole Miss, 2 p.m. Chattanooga at Alabama, 2 p.m. Sunday’s Game Southern Miss at Louisiana-Monroe, 2 p.m.
Starkville Academy girls win
Sallie Kate Richardson had 16 points, nine rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals Saturday to lead the Starkville Academy girls basketball team to a 64-29 victory against Pillow Academy. Maggie Proffitt had 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals, Anna Lea Little had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals, Tiffany Huddleston had seven points, two rebounds, and two assists, and Nora Kathryn Carroll had seven points.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The University of Alabama football team held its annual awards banquet Sunday night at The Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Alabama coach Nick Saban addressed an audience that included members of the team, coaching staff, administration and support staff following the awards session in which he recapped the 2012 season and stated the goals for the upcoming bowl game. The complete list of award winners is as follows: Iron Man Award: T.J. Yeldon, Cade Foster, Kelly Johnson, and Jesse Williams; Commitment to Academic Excellence Award: Denzel Devall, Geno Smith, D.J. Fluker, Quinton Dial, and Arie Kouandjio; Outstanding Senior Scholar Award: Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack; Unsung Hero Award: Kenny Bell, Quinton Dial, Carson Tinker, Xzavier Dickson and Jeremy Shelley; Outstanding Defensive Performer Award: C.J. Mosley and Dee Milliner; Up-Front Award: Jeoffrey Pagan, Ed Stinson, Cyrus Kouandjio, and Anthony Steen; Most Inspiring Player: Damion Square; Defensive Achievement Award: Adrian Hubbard, Deion Belue, HaHa Clinton-Dix, and Trey DePriest; Offensive Achievement Award: Amari Cooper, Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, and D.J. Fluker; President’s Award: Jesse Williams, Robert Lester, Chance Warmack, and Kevin Norwood; Special Teams Award: Vinnie Sunseri, Cody Mandell, Christion Jones and Landon Collins; Defensive Player of the Year: Nico Johnson and Dee Milliner; Offensive Player of the Year: AJ McCarron and Barrett Jones; Pat Trammell Award: Michael Williams and Nico Johnson; Jefferson County Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award: Bobby Humphrey; Most Valuable Player: C.J. Mosley; Captain Awards: Damion Square, Chance Warmack, and Barrett Jones. — From Special Reports
Football team hands out awards at banquet
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. — Jimmy V Classic, Texas vs. Georgetown, at New York, ESPN 6 p.m. — Oklahoma at Arkansas, ESPN2 6 p.m. — Samford at Kentucky, Fox Sports South 6 p.m. — Richmond at Old Dominion, NBC Sports Network 7 p.m. — Southeast Missouri State at Missouri, SportSouth 8 p.m. — Jimmy V Classic, North Carolina State vs. UConn, at New York, ESPN 8 p.m. — Northwestern at Baylor, ESPN2 8 p.m. — Siena at St. Bonaventure, NBC Sports Network SOCCER 1:30 p.m. — UEFA Champions League, Olympiacos vs. Arsenal, at Piraeus, Greece, Fox Sports South 7 p.m. — UEFA Champions League, Manchester City at Dortmund (same-day tape), Fox Sports South
NFL: Week 13
Broncos, Patriots, Falcons win divisions; Cowboys’ Romo sets team record for TDs
BY BARRY WILNER The Associated Press
If NFL executives really adore parity, they must be wincing at the early division clinchings by the Broncos, Patriots and Falcons. The Texans also secured at least a wild-card berth. Sure, there could still be some close races, particularly in the NFC North and for the wild cards. But after Sunday’s action, four teams already can make plans to play in January. The Broncos (9-3) won their seventh straight, 31-23 against Tampa Bay, to take the AFC West. “It’s one step,” veteran cornerback Champ Bailey said. “It’s not like we’ve done everything we want to do.” New England (9-3) won its fourth AFC East crown in a row and the 10th for Tom Brady, a record for a quarterback, when it downed Miami, 23-16. “It means something,” star receiver Wes Welker said after the Patriots’ sixth win in a row. “I guess you get kind of spoiled at times. It’s kind of just another hat and T-shirt, but they are not easy to come by. You just go out there and try to play well and do the things we do. I think you do get spoiled a little bit with the things we do, but I’ll take them as they come.” Atlanta (11-1) beat New Orleans 23-13 on Thursday night. Tampa Bay’s loss at Denver helped the Falcons clinch the NFC South. “We don’t worry about
I Broncos 31, Buccaneers 23: At Denver, Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns, including one to defensive tackle Mitch Unrein. Manning threw for 242 yards. He now has 29 touchdown passes on the season, moving past Jake Plummer and John Elway for the most by a Denver quarterback in a single year. Manning threw two of the scores to Demaryius Thomas, who finished with eight catches for 99 yards, and Broncos linebacker Von Miller returned an interception for his first NFL score.
it,” quarterback Matt Ryan said. “We try not to think that far ahead. One of the things I’ve learned in my five years is that if you’re worrying about what you’re going to do in January in September, October, November and December, you’re wasting your time.” Houston (11-1) didn’t waste any time in its trip to Nashville, winning 24-10 to grab a wild-card slot. The Texans haven’t secured the AFC South yet because they still have two games remaining with runner-up Indianapolis (8-4), which shocked Detroit 35-33 on the final play of their game. “We’re very happy, I can tell you that,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said of the franchise’s second playoff berth. “But I think they expected to get there, and they got there today. There’s a lot more to work on. We’ve got to continue to push our group.” Kansas City beat Carolina 27-21 one day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and then took his own life.
Rookie running back Doug Martin managed only 56 yards on 18 carries for Tampa Bay (6-6). I Patriots 23, Dolphins 16: At Miami, Brady was sacked four times and threw an interception, just his fourth all season. But a botched punt, roughing-thepunter penalty and fumble by Miami led to 17 New England points, and another penalty negated a Dolphins touchdown on an interception. The Patriots (9-3) are assured of their 12th consecutive winning season. Miami (5-7) lost to New England for the fifth straight time. I Texans 24, Titans 10: At Nashville, Tenn., the Texans set a franchise record for wins in a year and have won six in a row. Rookie Whitney Mercilus recovered a fumble and had two sacks for a, well, merciless defense. After needing overtime in their past two wins, the Texans forced six turnovers and had six sacks of Jake Locker. Matt Schaub threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and Arian Foster ran for a TD. The Texans swept Tennessee (4-8), the team they replaced in Houston, for only the second time. I Colts 35, Lions 33: At Detroit, top overall pick Andrew Luck guided a sensational 11play, 75-yard drive that took just 67 seconds. He threw a short pass that Donnie Avery took 14 yards into the end zone with no time left. The Colts (8-4) stayed in control of the AFC wild-card race one season after going 2-12. Detroit (4-8) lost for the fourth straight time, including three in a row at home after leading in the final quarter. I Chiefs 27, Panthers 21: At Kansas City, Mo., the Chiefs gave themselves a reason to be proud a day after the Belcher tragedy. Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times at a residence near Arrowhead Stadium, then drove to the team’s practice facility and turned the gun on himself as general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel looked on.
On Sunday, Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns, and Jamaal Charles ran for 127 yards as Kansas City snapped an eightgame losing streak during one of the most difficult seasons the franchise has ever experienced. “I’m just trying to get through the rest of today,” said Quinn, who threw his first two touchdown passes in three years. “The emotions of what has taken place will probably hit home for a few guys the next few days, when they realize what’s taken place.” I Seahawks 23, Bears 17, OT: At Chicago, the Seahawks (7-5) got only their second road win in seven games — they are perfect at home — when rookie Russell Wilson connected with Sidney Rice on a 13-yard touchdown with 7:33 left in overtime. That finished off a 12-play, 80yard march with the OT kickoff. Seattle took a 17-14 edge lead with 24 seconds to go in regulation on Golden Tate’s slaloming 14-yard run after taking a short pass from Wilson. But the Brandon Marshall beat double coverage to haul in a 56-yard pass the set up Robbie Gould’s 46-yard field goal as time expired to send it into OT. The Bears (8-4) fell into a tie atop the NFC North with Green Bay. I Rams 16, 49ers 13, OT: At St. Louis, the Rams (5-6-1) and 49ers (8-3-1) nearly played their second tie of the season. But rookie Greg Zuerlein kicked a 54yard field goal with 26 seconds left in overtime after booting a 53yarder to tie it as time expired in regulation. The Rams scored twice in the final 3:04 of regulation, getting their lone touchdown when rookie Janoris Jenkins rolled 2 yards into the end zone with an errant pitchout by Colin Kaepernick. San Francisco had a chance to win in OT, but David Akers was barely wide right on a 51-yard field goal. I Steelers 23, Ravens 20: At Baltimore, Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired for the undermanned Steelers (7-5).
Playing without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a third straight week, the Steelers got a solid effort from thirdstringer Charlie Batch: 25 for 36 for 276 yards and a touchdown. He moved the Steelers 61 yards before Suisham’s winning kick. The Ravens (9-3) could have clinched a playoff berth with a victory. Instead, Baltimore had its 15-game home winning streak snapped and also lost for the first time in 13 games against division opponents. I Packers 23, Vikings 14: At Green Bay, Wis., James Starks had Green Bay’s first TD on the ground in almost two months, Morgan Burnett picked off Christian Ponder’s throws twice and the Packers (8-4) moved into that tie atop the NFC North with the Bears. Green Bay has won 10 in a row in the division. Adrian Peterson had an 82yard TD run and finished with 210 yards for Minnesota (6-6), the most he’s had since suffering major knee injuries last December. Ponder’s picks were thrown in the end zone and around the Green Bay 10. I Bengals 20, Chargers 13: At San Diego, Andy Dalton’s run up the middle for a 6-yard touchdown with 4:11 left gave Cincinnati (7-5) its fourth straight victory. Jermaine Gresham caught a 19-yard TD pass from Dalton and BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 118 yards on 25 carries. The Chargers (4-8) lost their fourth straight game and for the seventh time in eight games. I Cowboys 38, Eagles 33: At Arlington, Texas, Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes to break Troy Aikman’s career franchise record. Romo now has 168. The Cowboys (6-6) trailed 27-24 when Romo led an 86yard drive sparked by a 35-yard pass to Dez Bryant on third down. Bryant gave Dallas the lead when took a screen pass from the 6 and got inside the pylon with 5:40 remaining. The Eagles (3-9) lost their eighth straight game despite 169 yards rushing and two touch-
downs from rookie Bryce Brown a week after he set an Eagles rookie record with 178 yards. But Brown also has fumble issues and Dallas went ahead by 11 when Morris Claiborne returned Brown’s fumble 50 yards for a touchdown. Damaris Johnson returned a punt 98 yards for Philly with 31 seconds left. I Bills 34, Jaguars 18: At Orchard Park, N.Y., Ryan Fitzpatrick led five straight scoring drives. Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and scored on a 1-yard plunge in providing a spark to an injury-depleted offense that finished the game minus its top two receivers. Fred Jackson had 101 yards rushing and C.J. Spiller scored on a 44-yard run that put Buffalo (5-7) up 34-10 early in the fourth quarter. I Jets 7, Cardinals 6: At East Rutherford, N.J., third-string QB Greg McElroy stepped in for Mark Sanchez and led New York (5-7) to its only score. With Tim Tebow inactive as he heals from two broken ribs, coach Rex Ryan pulled Sanchez for McElroy — as the crowd at MetLife Stadium cheered wildly — late in the third quarter. McElroy led the Jets on an impressive drive, connecting with Jeff Cumberland on a 1-yard touchdown. The sagging Cardinals (4-8) have their own troubles at quarterback. Ryan Lindley was ineffective in his second NFL start as Arizona lost its eighth straight game after a 4-0 start. I Browns 20, Raiders 17: At Oakland, Brandon Weeden threw for a career-high 364 yards and a touchdown as Cleveland (4-8) snapped a 12-game road losing streak. Weeden hit fellow rookie Josh Gordon on a 44-yard score in the second quarter and Trent Richardson scored on a 3-yard run after Sheldon Brown made an interception deep in Cleveland territory when the Raiders (3-9) were driving. The Browns (4-8) got their first road win since beating Indianapolis 27-19 on Sept. 18, 2011.
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Despite projections, MSU stayed confident it would go to Gator Bowl
BY MATTHEW STEVENS firstname.lastname@example.org
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin wasn’t fazed by the projections, speculation, or rumors that had the school’s football team going somewhere other than Jacksonville, Fla. Despite all of the projections that MSU wouldn’t go to the Sunshine State for the second time in three years, Stricklin was certain he and the Bulldogs would spend their New Year’s Day in Jacksonville at the 2013 Gator Bowl. “I’ve been comfortable for probably more than a week,” Stricklin said Sunday in phone interview with The Dispatch. “Publicly I just wasn’t saying anything.” Following MSU’s 41-24 loss to the University of Mississippi on Nov. 24, many news organization, including CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated, changed their bowl projections and dropped MSU (84) from the Gator Bowl to the Music City Bowl or the BBVA Compass Bowl. Stricklin said bowl committee sources told him to ignore the prognostications. “One of the things that any
bowl game looks at is creating economic impact for our city,” Gator Bowl Chairman Stephen Tremel said in 2010. “What that really boils down to is (if) the fans of that team will travel.” While many wondered where MSU would wind up, school officials reviewed schedules and procedure packets from the Gator Bowl committee in the likelihood the Bulldogs would be selected. The anticipation became a reality Sunday evening when MSU accepted an invitation to play Northwestern University in the 2013 Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on New Year’s Day. Brock Dulaney, MSU’s coordinator of video and computing services, confirmed before the Egg Bowl in Oxford that MSU had swapped film with Northwestern in anticipation of a Gator Bowl matchup. “If you did know to start watching each other’s film, you knew more than I did and you knew more than the directors knew because everything changed last night,” Gator Bowl President Rick Catlett said Sunday to the head coaches on the media teleconference. “With Northern Illinois getting into the top 16 and qualifying for a BCS
bowl game, everything changed.” MSU coach Dan Mullen and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald confirmed during the Gator Bowl media teleconference they have swapped film. “I know our young graduate assistants in the office have been grinding away at that to try and get it broken down,” Mullen said. “A lot of that isn’t just getting ready to play them, but the respect we have for their team and how they are as coaches on both sides of the ball.” After Northern Illinois University qualified for a Bowl Championship Series bowl game, which turned out to be a spot against Florida State University in the Discover Orange Bowl, and the University of Wisconsin (7-5) won the Big Ten Championship to ensure a Rose Bowl berth, speculation increased about how the other bowls would be reshuffled. “People kept asking me if we were headed to the Gator Bowl, and I’d always say, ‘I’d be really surprised if we don’t end up in Jacksonville,’ ” Stricklin said. “Everybody kept projecting other things, and I would touch
base with the people I was close to and they would say, ‘Nah, you’re still set.’ I never heard any different from anybody from the Gator Bowl or the Southeastern Conference office.” Since the University of Alabama and University of Florida were guaranteed to be the SEC’s representatives in the BCS, the only reshuffling that could’ve occurred would have involved Texas A&M University and LSU. When the AT&T Cotton Bowl selected Texas A&M, that left LSU to fall to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. The speculation regarding the Gator Bowl may have involved a matchup against Wisconsin, a projected opponent for MSU in Jacksonville. But Wisconsin secured a berth in the Rose Bowl on Saturday with its victory against the University of Nebraska, which left the Gator Bowl committee to pick Northwestern. “Not on the SEC side of things,” Stricklin said when asked if the upsets in the title game made him concerned about a return trip to the Music City Bowl. “As long as we had two teams in the BCS, nothing going on there would affect us.”
MSU and Vanderbilt University were believed to be the SEC teams Gator Bowl officials considered. But bowl officials likely wanted to avoid a rematch from the regular season when Northwestern defeated Vanderbilt 23-13 on Sept. 8 in Evanston, Ill. The Outback Bowl selected the University of Michigan over Northwestern despite the fact the Wolverines finished the regular season 8-4. University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said during the Outback Bowl teleconference he was pleased to get a chance to face an opponent with more football tradition. “If you beat Northwestern or you get beat by Northwestern, you don’t achieve as much as you do against Michigan,” Spurrier said. Fitzgerald, who tried to end all debate about how well fans of his program would travel, said in the Gator Bowl teleconference that Northwestern has 18,000 alumni in the state of Florida. Fitzgerald, a former Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year with the Wildcats, said he was satisfied his team was set to play in its fourth New Year’s Day bowl game in the past five years.
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MSU last loss in a bowl game was a 38-11 loss to the University of Texas in the 1999 Cotton Bowl. This will be the first meeting between MSU and Northwestern. MSU is 3-7-1 all-time against Big Ten Conference opponents, while the Wildcats can win 10 games for the first time since 1995 when they last went to the Rose Bowl. “We’re ver y thankful for the support and the unprecedented high that our program has experienced,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve got terrific leadership, and that gives up the opportunity to compete at the highest level in one of the most competitive leagues in America.” The game will be the third installment of the Southeastern Conference the Big Ten vs. Conference. MSU and Michigan played in the first game, and the University of Florida defeated Ohio State University 24-17 last year. The Gator Bowl tie-in that pits a team from the SEC against a team from the Big Ten is one of three games on New Year’s Day that features that arrangement. The University of Georgia will take on the University of Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., while the of South University Carolina will take on Michigan in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. “It doesn’t get any better than having Big Ten and SEC in the state of Florida since we have two other bowl partners that do the same thing,” Gator Bowl President Rick Catlett said. “We call it the Big Ten-SEC Challenge down here.” The offensive schemes of both programs are similar in base set, but they have different philosophies. Northwestern has the 14th best rushing offense in the county (230.92 yards per game) and averages 31.5 points per game this season. MSU scores 30.3 ppg. thanks in large part to a pass attack that is 50th in the country and sixth in the SEC (248.8 ypg.). Northwestern junior quarterback Kain Colter, who is from Colorado, is a dual-threat athlete who has 820 yards rushing and 796 yards passing. He is a three-star athlete who received scholarship offers from The United State Air Force Academy, the University of Akron, Arizona State University, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and Stanford University. After finishing no higher than 45th nationally in rushing in Fitzgerald’s first six years, the Wildcats surged on the ground this season thanks to junior tailback Venric Mark (1,310 yards, 11 touchdowns). Mark was a second-team All-Big Ten selection at running The Wildcats’ back. defense is 18th in the
on New Year’s Day. Before Pat Fitzgerald, a former Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year with the Wildcats, took over as coach, Northwestern had played in six bowl games in school history. This fifthyear senior class will leave Northwestern as the winningest class in school history (39 victories). “We’re real excited for the opportunity, and when I announced it to our young men a moment ago they were ver y excited and honored to represent the Big Ten,” Fitzgerald said.. “We’ve got an exciting and young football team.” No. 21 Northwestern hasn’t won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl.
country against the run (122.75 ypg). “When the game day kicks off for our guys, they know they’ll have their hands full by playing a team that has gone to a lot of bowl games over the last couple of years,” Mullen said. “They are nationally ranked in every poll, and our guys will be fired up and ready to play.” Junior quar terback Tyler Russell will lead the Bulldogs. The former Parade All-American was one of three quar terbacks with more than 15 touchdowns and one through interception seven games. He finished the regular season with 2,791 yards passing and 22 touchdowns to seven receivers.
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for their hard work and for buying into the cultural change for our program,” Bjork said. The Rebels are 8-1 in their last nine bowl games dating back to a 13-0 win over Air Force in the 1992 Liberty Bowl. Making it back to the postseason for the first time in three years is a boost, Freeze said. “I think it accelerates our journey, our process,” he said. “Not just the extra practices, but the extra media coverage ... we’re one of the teams still playing.” Freeze said he doesn’t know much Pitt, beyond that the Panthers took Notre Dame down to the wire and got better as the season went along. Running back Ray Graham and quarterback Tino Sunseri give Pitt a 3,000yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher in the same season for the first time. The Panthers came to Birmingham the last two trips with interim coaches after Dave Wannstedt was released from his contract and Todd Graham left for Arizona State University. They beat the University of Kentucky 27-10 two years ago and lost to Southern Methodist University 28-6 last season. “We’ve been given a great opportunity to play a quality program like Ole Miss,” Chryst said. “I know they finished the season strong and looked impressive in winning the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.”
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lege football with a modern-day version of the Bear leading the way in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are on the verge of one of the great runs in histor y. Alabama would become the first team to repeat as champs since the BCS was implemented in 1998, and it would be the 11th time a team has won consecutive AP titles since the poll started in 1936. Alabama is already one of to seven programs repeat. The Tide has done it twice. Notre Dame is another. Alabama also won the 2009 BCS championship under Saban. The last team to win three major national titles in four seasons was the University of Nebraska, which went back-to-back in 1994 and ‘95 and finished No. 1 in the final coaches’ poll in 1997. In a world full of spread-the-field, hurry-up offenses, Alabama is a bastion of traditional football. Alabama put its no-frills muscle on display Saturday, mashing Georgia with 350 yards rushing, behind tailbacks Eddie lacy and T.J. Yeldon. The Tide has been more potent offensively this season than last to make up for a defense that has slipped, but only a bit. Alabama leads the nation in total defense (246 yards per game) and is second in points allowed (10.7 per game). When Kelly was hired at Notre Dame three years ago, he looked at Alabama and the SEC, which has won six straight BCS titles, and decided the Irish needed to play like that. Kelly built his reputation and winning teams at previous stops on fastpaced spread offenses. In South Bend, Ind., he has put the fight back in the Irish, who have won eight AP national titles — only Alabama has as many — but none since 1988. Notre Dame has allowed the fewest touchdowns in the country (10) and is sixth overall in total defense (286 yards per game). “It’s clear that the formation of any great program is going to be on its defense,” Kelly said. “If you play great defense you’ve got a chance. For us to move Notre Dame back into national prominence we had to develop a defense.”
— a 41-10 loss to Georgia in the 2008 Sugar Bowl — than the University of Utah-kind. Utah beat Alabama 31-17 in the ’09 Sugar Bowl. If the undercard doesn’t look like much, the main event has the making of a potential blockbuster. “The tradition of Alabama and Notre Dame brings special attention to it, but we’re just trying to be the best team on Monday, Jan. 7,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Sunday night. “All of that tradition, what’s happened in the past, is not going to help us Jan. 7, but we do respect the traditions.” The Irish clinched their spot a week ago in Los Angeles by completing a perfect regular season against rival University of Southern California. Alabama earned its spot Saturday, beating Georgia 32-28 in a thrilling Southeastern Conference title game. The program that coach Paul Bryant turned into an SEC behemoth in the 1960s and ‘70s, winning five national championships and sharing another during his tenure, is again dominating col-
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his disposal for recruiting than Macdonald? Stricklin said time will tell. “We need to make some more of a facility commitment there,” Stricklin said. “That is one of the things we talked about on his visit. We have got designs in place for a team clubhouse/locker room facility that I think is the next piece from a facility standpoint. We have re-done the surface. We have done the press box, the stands, the dugouts. Having a clubhouse for our ladies right there on site is the next piece.” Stricklin said MSU is “committed” to taking the next step in upgrading the soccer facility. He said there isn’t a timetable for the project to be finished. He said he will sit down with Gordon and get his input so he can tailor designs of the next phase to the needs of the program. “Among our Olympic sports, just because the clubhouse impacts the student-athletes, and right now our soccer players locker at the (Humphrey) Coliseum, and they have to walk a third of a mile every day back and forth from their locker room to the playing field. It is a student-athlete experience welfare issue. That moves that piece up the priority list from an Olympic sport facility issue.” Stricklin’s comments sound like MSU is going to sit back and wait for the right time to counter attack and capitalize on Gordon’s success, if he can make it happen. Granted, the national and local economy and MSU’s current construction plans might not allow it to break ground on facility upgrades tomorrow, but how long will the program have to wait? Looking back to 2001, when the program became the school’s first women’s team to win a SEC title, opportunities have been missed to make MSU women’s soccer into something bigger. Improvements have been made, but so many programs in the SEC and across the nation have passed MSU that it remains to be seen if it can make up the difference. That’s where Gordon comes in. His experience transforming a program breeds confidence. Texas Tech finished below .500 in his first two years at the school before it went 8-8-4 in 2009. Three years later, the Red Raiders were in the NCAA tournament. Gordon hopes he will get enough time to engineer a similar turnaround. It remains to be seen if he will revert to familiar ways and counter attack or if his teams will play with the confidence that bigger and better things are yet to come on and off the field. Adam Minichino is sports editor of The Dispatch. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
State opened its $13M Cyclone Sports Complex in 2012, Oklahoma State had a new multi-million facility in the works, and Texas Christian University finished a 5,000-square foot addition to its complex in 2010. MSU doesn’t have a locker room for the players at its field. The players use Humphrey Coliseum, which is adjacent to the MSU Soccer Field, as their dressing room. “Success helps,” Gordon said. “Our facility at Tech helped, but to get us on the roadmap, we didn’t have a building to show them. We just had a drawing. The building came later, so I hope that happens here. I know we are at the stage where it is a priority and we want to get better. The thing is in the SEC it is not going to take an overwhelming bump to be relevant from a facility standpoint. The press box is nice, the setting is beautiful. If we can get that done (at MSU), which I am hopeful and we have talked about it, it can be the final piece that really gives it the big bump. The other ones, honestly, made them without any consulting soccer people what it was. Some architect put it together and now they’re living in it and they’re not very functional. At Tech, we designed it from beginning to end. It is insane. Going to work every day was pretty easy, even though we played on Astroturf.” Gordon’s comment makes it more telling about what he has the potential to build at MSU. Consider that Texas Tech is one of 20 Division I programs in the state of Texas. While the school’s soccer facilities rank with the best in that group, Lubbock isn’t the first school you think of when you list the state’s best schools. That perception is similar to the one Gordon faces at MSU. While MSU has made inroads in recent years attracting some of the state’s top talent, it still fights the perception that it is, to coin the phrase of a former SEC women’s soccer coach, trying without really trying, emphasis added on really, to be a player in women’s soccer. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin didn’t give that impression when he announced Macdonald was being reassigned and said he wanted leadership that was going to help the program win consistently and compete for championships. He elaborated on that comment Tuesday when asked about the qualities Gordon brings to Starkville. He said he was impressed by Gordon’s recruiting contacts, club and professional experience, and knowledge of the game. Does Gordon know more about the game than Macdonald? I don’t know. Does Gordon offer a fresh perspective of the program? Yes. Will Gordon have more weapons at
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB New York 12 4 .750 — Brooklyn 11 5 .688 1 Philadelphia 10 7 .588 2 1/2 Boston 9 8 .529 3 1/2 Toronto 4 13 .235 8 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 12 3 .800 — Atlanta 9 5 .643 2 1/2 Charlotte 7 8 .467 5 Orlando 6 10 .375 6 1/2 Washington 1 13 .071 10 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Milwaukee 8 7 .533 — Chicago 8 7 .533 — Indiana 8 9 .471 1 Detroit 5 13 .278 4 1/2 Cleveland 4 13 .235 5 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Memphis 12 3 .800 1/2 San Antonio 14 4 .778 — Houston 8 8 .500 5 Dallas 8 9 .471 5 1/2 New Orleans 4 11 .267 8 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 14 4 .778 — Utah 9 9 .500 5 Denver 8 9 .471 5 1/2 Minnesota 7 8 .467 5 1/2 Portland 7 10 .412 6 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB Golden State 10 6 .625 — L.A. Clippers 10 6 .625 — L.A. Lakers 8 9 .471 2 1/2 Phoenix 7 11 .389 4 Sacramento 4 12 .250 6 Saturday’s Games Portland 118, Cleveland 117,2OT Miami 102, Brooklyn 89 Chicago 93, Philadelphia 88 Houston 124, Utah 116 Oklahoma City 100, New Orleans 79 San Antonio 99, Memphis 95, OT Milwaukee 91, Boston 88 Dallas 92, Detroit 77 Golden State 103, Indiana 92 L.A. Clippers 116, Sacramento 81 Sunday’s Games New York 106, Phoenix 99 Orlando 113, L.A. Lakers 103 Today’s Games Portland at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Milwaukee at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Toronto at Denver, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Utah, 8 p.m. Orlando at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Minnesota at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Miami at Washington, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Indiana at Chicago, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Thursday’s Game Atlanta 23, New Orleans 13 Sunday’s Games Seattle at Chicago, Noon Minnesota at Green Bay, Noon San Francisco at St. Louis, Noon Carolina at Kansas City, Noon Houston at Tennessee, Noon Arizona at N.Y. Jets, Noon Indianapolis at Detroit, Noon Jacksonville at Buffalo, Noon New England at Miami, Noon Tampa Bay at Denver, 3:05 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 3:25 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 3:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 3:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 7:20 p.m. Today’s Game N.Y. Giants at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Thursday’s Game Denver at Oakland, 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 Chicago at Minnesota, Noon Baltimore at Washington, Noon Kansas City at Cleveland, Noon San Diego at Pittsburgh, Noon Tennessee at Indianapolis, Noon N.Y. Jets at Jacksonville, Noon Atlanta at Carolina, Noon Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, Noon St. Louis at Buffalo, Noon Dallas at Cincinnati, Noon Miami at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 3:25 p.m. New Orleans at N.Y. Giants, 3:25 p.m. Detroit at Green Bay, 7:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 Houston at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Nevada (7-5) vs. Arizona (7-5), Noon (ESPN) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Toledo (9-3) vs. Utah State (10-2), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
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Thursday, Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego San Diego State (9-3) vs. BYU (7-5), 7 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 21 Beef ’O’ Brady’s Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Ball State (9-3) vs. UCF (9-4), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, Dec. 22 New Orleans Bowl East Carolina (8-4) vs. LouisianaLafayette (7-4), 11 a.m. (ESPN) Las Vegas Bowl Boise State (10-2) vs. Washington (7-5), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
EAST George Washington 67, Manhattan 55 SOUTH Augusta St. 73, Virginia Union 67 Clemson 64, South Carolina 55 Georgia St. 67, Liberty 66 Hampden-Sydney 100, Piedmont 62 High Point 99, Johnson & Wales (NC) 36 Maryland 69, George Mason 62 Mercer 61, Florida St. 56 MIDWEST Akron 82, Middle Tennessee 77, OT Cent. Michigan 66, Niagara 64 Kansas St. 72, SC-Upstate 53 Saint Louis 62, Valparaiso 49 Wisconsin 81, California 56 FAR WEST Boise St. 87, Seattle 64 Stanford 71, Denver 58 Washington 74, Cal St.-Fullerton 72 Wichita St. 72, Air Force 69
Sunday’s Men’s College Scores
The weekly poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 1, total points based on 25 points for a firstplace vote through one point for a 25thplace vote, and previous ranking: Rec. Pts Pv 1. Notre Dame (60) 12-0 1,500 1 2. Alabama 12-1 1,424 2 3. Ohio St. 12-0 1,302 4 4. Florida 11-1 1,279 5 5. Oregon 11-1 1,250 6 6. Georgia 11-2 1,213 3 7. Kansas St. 11-1 1,129 7 8. Stanford 11-2 1,094 8 9. LSU 10-2 1,051 9 10. Texas A&M 10-2 1,025 10 11. South Carolina 10-2 907 11 12. Oklahoma 10-2 851 12 13. Florida St. 11-2 789 13 14. Clemson 10-2 691 15 15. Oregon St. 9-3 638 16 16. N. Illinois 12-1 534 19 17. UCLA 9-4 440 17 18. Utah St. 10-2 379 20 19. Michigan 8-4 306 21 20. Boise St. 10-2 276 25 21. Northwestern 9-3 266 22 22. Louisville 10-2 248 NR 23. Nebraska 10-3 227 14 24. San Jose St. 10-2 157 NR 25. Kent St. 11-2 117 18 Also Receiving Votes: Penn St. 83, Vanderbilt 67, Wisconsin 62, Texas 51, San Diego St. 22, Fresno St. 20, Baylor 15, Cincinnati 15, Oklahoma St. 15, TCU 14, Arkansas St. 13, Southern Cal 11, Tulsa 9, Rutgers 6, Ball St. 2, North Carolina 1, West Virginia 1. The weekly poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 1, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking: Rec. Pts Pvs 1. Notre Dame (56) 12-0 1,470 1 2. Alabama (3) 12-1 1,417 2 3. Oregon 11-1 1,313 4 4. Florida 11-1 1,287 5 5. Georgia 11-2 1,216 3 6. Kansas State 11-1 1,190 7 10-2 1,111 6 7. LSU 11-2 1,047 9 8. Stanford 10-2 1,039 8 9. Texas A&M 10. South Carolina 10-2 947 10 10-2 905 11 11. Oklahoma 12. Florida State 11-2 853 12 13. Clemson 10-2 769 14 14. Oregon State 9-3 663 17 15. Boise State 10-2 569 15 12-1 495 18 16. Northern Illinois 17. Northwestern 9-3 444 20 10-2 409 23 18. Louisville 19. UCLA 9-4 408 16 10-2 334 22 20. Utah State 21. Nebraska 10-3 328 13 22. Michigan 8-4 278 24 23. Wisconsin 8-5 115 NR 24. San Jose State 10-2 110 NR 25. Texas 8-4 97 21 Also Receiving Votes: Kent State 84; Vanderbilt 75; Cincinnati 46; Tulsa 32; Fresno State 31; Rutgers 29; San Diego State 23; Arkansas State 20; Mississippi State 9; Arizona State 8; Louisiana Tech 2; Southern California 2. The Top 25 teams in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 1, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Rec. Pts Pvs 1. Notre Dame (106) 12-0 2866 1 2. Alabama (9) 12-1 2765 2 3. Oregon 11-1 2548 4 4. Florida 11-1 2480 5 5. Georgia 11-2 2388 3 11-1 2332 6 6. Kansas State 11-2 2142 18 7. Stanford 10-2 2128 7 8. LSU 10-2 1991 9 9. Texas A&M 10. South Carolina 10-2 1838 10 11. Oklahoma 10-2 1745 11 12. Florida State 11-2 1665 2 13. Clemson 10-2 1485 14 14. Oregon State 9-3 1280 15 15. Boise State 10-2 1058 17 12-1 998 19 16. Northern Illinois 17. UCLA 9-4 791 16 10-3 710 13 18. Nebraska 19. Louisville 10-2 705 24 20. Northwestern 9-3 682 21 21. Utah State 10-2 660 22 22. Michigan 8-4 525 23 11-2 330 18 23. Kent State 8-4 230 20 24. Texas 25. Wisconsin 8-5 217 NR Also Receiving Votes: San Jose St. 199; Rutgers 93; Vanderbilt 76; Tulsa 71; Oklahoma State 58; Baylor 55; Fresno State 52; San Diego State 38; Cincinnati 37; Mississippi State 32; Louisiana Tech 25; TCU 25; USC 20; Arkansas State 19; Arizona 8; Syracuse 5; Central Florida 3; East Carolina 3; Toledo 3; LouisianaMonroe 2; West Virginia 2.
The Associated Press Top 25
Wednesday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Central Michigan (6-6) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU (6-6) vs. Fresno State (9-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Russell Athletic Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Virginia Tech (6-6) vs. Rutgers (9-3), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl At Washington Bowling Green (8-4) vs. San Jose State (10-2), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Duke (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Baylor (7-5) vs. UCLA (9-4), 8:45 p.m. (ESPN)
USA Today Top 25
Saturday, Dec. 29 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Rice (6-6) vs. Air Force (6-6), 10:45 a.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco Arizona State (7-5) vs. Navy (7-4), 2:15 p.m. (ESPN2) Pinstripe Bowl At New York Syracuse (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5), 2:15 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Texas (8-4) vs. Orgeon State (9-3), 5:45 p.m. (ESPN) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State (6-6) vs. TCU (7-5), 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)
SOUTH FAU 72, Arkansas St. 65 Fairfield 74, Austin Peay 55 W. Kentucky 75, Troy 71 MIDWEST Dayton 60, N. Illinois 43 N. Iowa 72, Milwaukee 61 South Dakota 88, IUPUI 68 SOUTHWEST Arizona 85, Texas Tech 57 Louisiana-Lafayette 80, North Texas 76 UALR 83, Louisiana-Monroe 58 FAR WEST Arizona St. 90, Sacramento St. 70 CS Bakersfield 85, UTSA 52 Gonzaga 85, Pacific 67 Idaho 73, UC Davis 66 New Mexico St. 68, Southern Miss. 60 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 86, Cal Poly 68 San Diego St. 78, UCLA 69 UC Riverside 69, N. Colorado 63 UC Santa Barbara 83, Santa Clara 80, OT Utah Valley 67, Pepperdine 63, OT Washington St. 72, Portland 60 Wyoming 76, Colorado 69
Late Saturday Men’s Scores
Monday, Dec. 31 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt (8-4) vs. N.C. State (7-5), 11 a.m. (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech (6-7) vs. Southern Cal (7-5), 1 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Iowa State (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta LSU (10-2) vs. Clemson (10-2), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Harris Top 25
EAST Boston College 58, Rutgers 56 Brown 50, New Hampshire 43 Duquesne 61, Robert Morris 47 Penn St. 101, Fairleigh Dickinson 44 Princeton 93, UMBC 46 Quinnipiac 72, Rider 57 South Carolina 55, Seton Hall 42 Temple 74, Syracuse 67 Villanova 49, La Salle 44 SOUTH Clayton St. 52, Lenoir-Rhyne 48 Clemson 87, Jacksonville 58 Duke 77, California 63 ETSU 57, Morehead St. 53 Florida St. 70, Charlotte 54 George Mason 58, UAB 55 Georgia 60, Georgia Tech 50 Georgia St. 63, Kennesaw St. 42 Kentucky 48, Louisville 47 LSU 81, NC State 73 Old Dominion 73, Dartmouth 59 Richmond 70, James Madison 66 Tennessee 102, North Carolina 57 Tulane 73, UNC Wilmington 58 UCF 64, Bethune-Cookman 43 West Virginia 54, Virginia 47 MIDWEST Cleveland St. 69, Indiana 58 DePaul 89, Northwestern 61 Detroit 65, Ohio 53 Drake 67, Chicago St. 39 Kansas 65, Minnesota 53 Purdue 87, Cent. Michigan 71 SIU-Edwardsville 55, Southern U. 53 Toledo 59, St. Bonaventure 45 Xavier 69, Cincinnati 67, 2OT SOUTHWEST Arkansas 64, Pepperdine 39 Oklahoma 68, Marist 55 San Francisco 61, UTSA 60, OT TCU 60, Houston 51 FAR WEST Cal Poly 72, Nevada 63 Dayton 65, Arizona St. 59 Denver 73, Oregon 62 Fresno St. 70, Texas-Arlington 45 Long Beach St. 71, Arizona 61 N. Colorado 75, N. Dakota St. 61 Portland St. 64, Portland 49 Stanford 69, Gonzaga 41 UC Riverside 71, N. Arizona 43 UCLA 86, Loyola Marymount 66 UNLV 58, Binghamton 56
Sunday’s Women’s College Scores
Tuesday, Jan. 1 Heart of Dallas Bowl At Dallas Purdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5), 11 a.m. (ESPNU) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Northwestern (9-3), 11 a.m. (ESPN2) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Georgia (11-2) vs. Nebraska (10-3), Noon (ABC) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. South Carolina (10-2) vs. Michigan (8-4), Noon (ESPN) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Orange Bowl At Miami Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Florida State (11-2), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Kansas State (11-1) vs. Oregon (11-1), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2), 7 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 5 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Mississippi (6-6), Noon (ESPN)
East Conference W L PF PA 7 1 207 95 7 2 296 177 6 2 229 169 5 3 177 168 2 6 175 264 1 7 246 320 0 8 89 291 West Conference W L PF PA 8 1 335 118 6 2 180 150 6 2 313 168 4 4 202 223 3 5 224 239 2 6 157 257 0 8 81 272
Florida Georgia S. Carolina Vanderbilt Missouri Tennessee Kentucky Alabama LSU Texas A&M Miss. St Mississippi Arkansas Auburn
All Games W L PF PA 11 1 321 155 11 2 484 244 10 2 377 209 8 4 352 219 5 7 309 341 5 7 434 428 2 10 215 372
Sunday, Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Kent State (11-2) vs. Arkansas State (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Miami Notre Dame (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 3 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 26 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, TBA (NFLN)
SOUTHWEST UTEP 88, Texas St. 81 FAR WEST Montana 71, Tennessee St. 48
Late Saturday Women’s Scores
Saturday’s Game Alabama 32, Georgia 28
All Games W L PF PA 12 1 500 139 10 2 363 203 10 2 537 270 8 4 363 269 6 6 371 342 4 8 282 365 3 9 224 340
AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF y-New England 9 3 0 .750 430 N.Y. Jets 5 7 0 .417 228 Buffalo 5 7 0 .417 277 Miami 5 7 0 .417 227 South W L T Pct PF x-Houston 11 1 0 .917 351 Indianapolis 8 4 0 .667 265 Tennessee 4 8 0 .333 248 Jacksonville 2 10 0 .167 206 North W L T Pct PF Baltimore 9 3 0 .750 303 Pittsburgh 7 5 0 .583 254 Cincinnati 7 5 0 .583 302 Cleveland 4 8 0 .333 229 West W L T Pct PF y-Denver 9 3 0 .750 349 San Diego 4 8 0 .333 258 Oakland 3 9 0 .250 235 Kansas City 2 10 0 .167 188 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF N.Y. Giants 7 4 0 .636 305 Dallas 6 6 0 .500 280 Washington 5 6 0 .455 295 Philadelphia 3 9 0 .250 217 South W L T Pct PF y-Atlanta 11 1 0 .917 317 Tampa Bay 6 6 0 .500 333 New Orleans 5 7 0 .417 321 Carolina 3 9 0 .250 235 North W L T Pct PF Green Bay 8 4 0 .667 296 Chicago 8 4 0 .667 294 Minnesota 6 6 0 .500 262 Detroit 4 8 0 .333 300 West W L T Pct PF San Francisco 8 3 1 .708 289 Seattle 7 5 0 .583 242 St. Louis 5 6 1 .458 221 Arizona 4 8 0 .333 186 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division
PA 260 296 337 249 PA 221 306 359 342 PA 242 230 260 265
East Division Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA 7 2 337 206 9 4 458 292 UCF E. Carolina 7 1 296 224 8 4 375 368 Marshall 4 4 340 346 5 7 491 517 4 4 204 224 4 8 293 363 Memphis UAB 2 6 237 330 3 9 339 450 So. Miss. 0 8 168 302 0 12 236 454 West Division Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA 8 1 324 215 10 3 455 314 Tulsa SMU 5 3 259 193 6 6 354 324 Rice 4 4 261 233 6 6 381 376 4 4 277 288 5 7 389 432 Houston UTEP 2 6 170 240 3 9 254 357 Tulane 2 6 222 294 2 10 257 461 Saturday’s Game Tulsa 33, UCF 27, OT
Second Round Saturday’s Games Wofford 23, New Hampshire 7 Georgia Southern 24, Cent. Arkansas 16 Old Dominion 63, Coastal Carolina 35 Illinois St. 38, Appalachian St. 37, OT North Dakota State 28, South Dakota State 3 Sam Houston State 18, Cal Poly 16 Eastern Washington 29, Wagner 19 Montana State 16, Stony Brook 10 Quarterfinals Friday’s Game Sam Houston State (9-3) at Montana State (11-1), 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games Georgia Southern (9-3) at Old Dominion (11-1), 11 a.m. Wofford (9-3) at North Dakota State (11-1), 2 p.m. Illinois State (9-3) at Eastern Washington (10-2), 5 p.m.
NCAA FCS Playoffs
PA 244 257 376 322 PA 226 295 285 320 PA 229 285 327 292 PA 259 198 272 315
Eastern Conference W L PF PA Alabama St. 7 2 299 164 Jackson St. 7 2 300 200 6 3 249 180 Ala. A&M MVSU 5 4 154 141 Alcorn St. 4 5 174 282 Western Conference W L PF PA A.Pine Bluff 8 1 267 147 Southern U. 3 6 220 241 Prairie View 3 6 298 299 Texas Sou. 2 7 152 344 Grambling 0 9 178 293
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Saturday’s Game Jackson St. vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff at Legion Field, Noon FAR WEST Hawaii 23, South Alabama 7
All Games W L PF PA 9 2 297 201 4 7 262 321 3 8 305 396 2 9 165 428 1 10 200 356
All Games W L PF PA 7 4 352 229 7 4 321 294 7 4 263 237 5 6 187 206 4 7 177 380
Quarterfinals Saturday’s Games Winston-Salem 21, Indiana (Pa.) 17 Valdosta State 48, Carson-Newman 26 Minnesota State Mankato 17, Missouri Western State 10 West Texas A&M 34, Colorado StatePueblo 13 Semifinals Saturday’s Games Valdosta State (10-2) at Minnesota State Mankato (13-0), 2 p.m. West Texas A&M (12-2) at WinstonSalem (13-0), 5:30 p.m. Quarterfinals Saturday’s Games Mount Union 72, Widener 17 Mary Hardin-Baylor 32, Wesley 20 St. Thomas (Minn.) 47, Hobart 7 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 31, Linfield 24, OT Semifinals Saturday’s Games Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-0) at Mount Union (13-0), Noon Wisconsin-Oshkosh (13-0) at St. Thomas (Minn.) (13-0), 2:30 p.m. Semifinals Saturday’s Games Morningside (Iowa) 47, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 19 Marian (Ind.) 20, Missouri Valley 17 Championship Thursday’s Game At Barron Stadium, Rome, Ga. Morningside (Iowa) (13-0) vs. Marian (Ind.) (11-1), 5:30 p.m.
Division II Playoffs
Division III Playoffs
Late Saturday Score College Schedule
PA 171 202 267 234
Saturday’s Game EAST Army vs. Navy at Philadelphia, 2 p.m. SOUTH Jackson St. (7-4) vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff (9-2), SWAC championship at Birmingham, Ala., Noon
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012
Vanderbilt, Franklin agree to new deal; N.C. St. hires Doeren
By The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt University is trying to prove the Southeastern Conference’s smallest and only private university is serious about competing in the power conference of college football. The Commodores rewarded coach James Franklin with another new contract for leading the Commodores to their best record in
30 years and to consecutive bowls for the first time in school history. Vanderbilt does not discuss contract details, but athletic director David Williams called it a “long-term” contract that will keep Franklin here “a number of years.” “We hope very soon we’ll be playing in Atlanta for the SEC championship,” Williams said. Chancellor Vanderbilt Nicholas Zeppos was on hand for the news conference about an
hour before the Commodores celebrated their selection to the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31 a few miles away from campus. Since Franklin was hired two years ago, Vanderbilt now has gone from only four bowls in the program’s history to six. Franklin also helped post three sellouts on campus for the first time since 1996. Vanderbilt finished the regular season with six straight wins, the first such streak
since 1955, and the Commodores’ five SEC wins matched the school record of five set in 1935. That had him being mentioned as a potential candidate for other schools, including the University of Arkansas. Williams said they started talking to Franklin’s agent two weeks ago before the first call but the athletic director still was contacted by “everybody in America” wanting permission to talk to Franklin.
I North Carolina State introduces Doeren as new football coach: At Raleigh, N.C., Dave Doeren wanted to go somewhere he could have an impact. He’ll get that chance with a stagnant North Carolina State program in need of a push forward. The school held a news conference to introduce Doeren on Sunday. It capped a busy 48-hour period that saw Doeren lead Northern Illinois to a second straight Mid-American Conference championship on Friday night, then agree to take over the Wolfpack on Saturday and replace Tom O’Brien.
EAR ABBY: Can you please help? — AWAKE I’m married AND ALONE IN to the girl FLORIDA of my dreams. DEAR AWAKE She’s the best AND ALONE: You thing that’s ever ARE missing out, happened to me. on the fun and We both work in companionship the medical field. that you should She’s an emerbe enjoying with gency room your wife. It’s nurse, and I’m a time to have a paramedic/firefrank conversaDear Abby tion with her and fighter. find out why she For several has been stalling about changyears my wife worked the day ing shifts. There could be more shift at a hospital more than wrong in your marriage than an hour away from home. I incompatible schedules, but tried to convince her to find a the problems won’t be job closer, so we could see resolved unless you can be each other more. Finally, she honest with each other. The told me she had been offered current situation is unfair to a night shift position at the you, and you are right to be hospital here in town. She concerned. promised to switch to a day DEAR ABBY: My husband shift if one opened up. I and I have hosted a holiday thought that was great. party for our neighbors every It has been almost a year year for the last 10 years. now, and she is still working Over time, we have invited the night shift. There have more and more people, and we been many daytime openings, enjoy almost everyone. but she hasn’t requested any However, one of our neighbors, of them. On most of my days “Jim,” is very rude. For the off, I watch her sleep. past several years he has At this point I’m not sure taken it upon himself to invite what to do. I am not happy several people to our party and don’t want to spend the who he feels should be on the rest of my life like this. I feel list. These are people we purlike I’m missing out on so posely did not invite. much. I have the girl of my Last year we decided not dreams, but most of the time to invite Jim, but after he sent she IS dreaming — literally.
multiple emails demanding to know the date and time, we reluctantly invited him. He then had the nerve to send out an email to dozens of people he thought we had missed on the guest list, notifying them of the party. This really embarrassed my husband and me. How can I tell him it’s not his party, and how do we deal with the situation with the folks we did not initially invite but now know about the party? — IT’S OUR PARTY DEAR PARTY: There is more than one way to handle this. The most obvious would be to inform Jim that he won’t be invited this year and tell him why. He is every host’s nightmare, and his behavior is beyond nervy. A host must know how many guests to prepare for in order to ensure there will be enough food and beverages for everyone. Another way would be to forgo giving the party for a year or two and perhaps take a short vacation. Tell anyone who asks why that the gatherings became too large to manage. And then, when you resume entertaining, limit the guest list to something more intimate than a casting call for “American Idol.” One thing is certain: If you continue to tolerate what’s been happening, your hospitality will continue to be abused.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 3). Amazing things happen this year because you follow the instinct to show up, ready to join in the fun. A willing attitude opens doors. So even if you don’t think you’re ready, go anyway. You’ll make a fantastic pitch in January and win a coveted role in the process. You and a friend succeed together in March. Scorpio and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 1, 23, 38 and 2. ARIES (March 21-April 19). It gets very boring if everyone thinks the same. There will be lively discussions around the table. Extreme differences of opinion keep everyone thinking, arguing, living. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Those who need you will get the best of your attention while the one who wants you waits patiently. When you’re not sure how much to reveal, say less. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Because you are conscious of all you say to the world, you’ll be able to control that message to a great degree. The nonverbal part will be the most informative. CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you were a movie today, you would be rated G. You will present yourself in a way that is appropriate for all audiences. Your target audience includes males and females ages 0 and up. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll be delving into artistic areas that are difficult to describe to anyone who isn’t directly involved in the process. Trust your instincts in this regard. You’ll have an excellent sense of what works. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Turn up the chill factor, and feel great about it. Relaxation is a basic need, so why should you feel guilty about wanting to rest in style? A decent mattress or a comfortable pair of slippers would be a worthy investment. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You may feel that you don’t have the tools or knowledge necessary to accomplish what you want. This may be true, but what is stopping you from attaining them? It will be easier than you think. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may feel like you can’t move from a situation, but you’re not really stuck, either. There’s a good reason why you’re in your current position. Now you’ll be objective and analytical about getting out of it, too. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will be tempted to take on only the jobs you know you can do well. But you are capable of much more than you think. Say “yes” to a task that’s certain to make you stretch. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It’s precisely because you are confident that you feel free to change your appearance. You realize that the outside doesn’t matter as much as the inside, and you experiment accordingly. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Today’s worries aren’t real; they’re just a feeling that you’ve become used to conjuring. Stop worrying, and you will suddenly realize there is nothing to worry about. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There’s something to be gained from talking to yourself in the mirror. Your opinion of yourself will catch on. So declare yourself attractive, clever and vital to the action. The rest of the world will declare it, too.
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