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Does C-usa Get Its Final Liberty? For Sure?

So it’s all good.” nn This does not mean I am joining the chorus begging schools to pay football players a “stipend,” which sounds harmless but will inevitably spiral out of control. Those kids are getting paid, and are paid pretty well. They get tuition, housing, books, a meal plan, medical care, a well-supervised conditioning program, first dibs on class registration, the adulation of the community (if everything goes right) and, if they are blessed enough, training for a professional football career. Have I forgotten anything else? But here is where my free-market leanings kick in: By what authority does the NCAA – more precisely, its member schools – have to impede its players’ making a buck on the side? Then again, I realize what a circus the college football world would really, really be if Johnny Manziel’s autograph-for-dollars sessions were fully open. As the “Power Five” conferences prepare to seize college athletics over the world and top-level athletes attempt to band together, who knows what will happen? nn And finally, a golf note: Last week, Phil Mickelson told Yahoo! Sports he was going cut down on his schedule, which has included the last three editions of the Greenbrier Classic (or half of them, as we painfully know). “I think that I’m going to have to factor that into some of my scheduling and maybe cut out 25 percent of my events in an effort to play at a high level when I do play, because I know that I’m not able to do it 25 weeks a year,” Mickelson said. “Maybe I can do it 18 or 20, though.” The Greenbrier Classic remains in its Fourth of July place, three weeks after the U.S. Open and two weeks before the British Open. Good spot, I’ve always thought, but here’s the kicker: Mickelson not only won the British, but the Scottish Open the week before. I’m sure he has a soft spot for the Scots these days.

Longtime USA leader Gordon Moulton dies at 73 (updated)

He will always be missed.” SGA President 2010-2011 Kimberly Proctor says working with Gordon Moulton helped make her a better leader. “His vision, love, and dedication to our great university will never be forgotten. It was an honor to be able to work with him.” SGA President 2011-2012 Colin Al-Greene recounted a fun memory of Moulton. “I remember the day we were rolling out the Jag Bikes. Everyone who was taking part in the ceremony started riding them down the hill next to the Mitchell Center. I didn’t know they didn’t have hand brakes, and I couldn’t slow down. President Moulton yelled out; “Colin, you’ve got to pedal backwards!” Definitely saved me from crashing.” SGA President 2012-2013 Parker Chastain says Moulton was by definition, a champion. “President Moulton was always a fighter. From his pursuit of state funding to his battle with cancer. He never stopped being a champion for the students of South.He truly cared about this University, and not only made it what it is today but set it on a course to grow into something even greater.” Current SGA President Riley Davis seeks prayers for his family. “”It has been such an honor to be part of the institution in which President Gordon Moulton helped build. President Moulton has been such an inspiration to myself as a student and a student leader. I know that he has touched many lives through South Alabama and will continue to inspire students across generations.

USA student government leaders, faculty senate mourn loss of Gordon Moulton

Mobile businessman Abraham Mitchell created the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship initiative with a $50 million donation to the school on its 50th anniversary in May 2013. The initiative will provide scholarships and support the Mitchell College of Business. Moulton’s health began to decline in the fall of 2012, and he was diagnosed with cancer. He underwent an operation to remove a tumor from the left front side of his brain in October 2012. Moulton returned to work within a week of being discharged. Following the surgery, he continued to get “preventative treatment” from the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, completing it in December of that year. Doctors at the time said there was no evidence of recurrent cancer. Moulton asked for a temporary leave of absence from the 15,000-student university on Feb. 1 (2013) to allow for more time to recover from surgery and the associated post-surgery treatments. He announced his July 2013 retirement on March 8, 2013, saying his decision to retire was based in part, on his health and also on the length of time he has served the university. He was a visionary leader, highly respected in the state and within the higher education community and the city,” said John W. Smith, acting president for the university. The impact that hes had on the University of South Alabama — he took us to another level in the quality of the academic programs, the quality of the facilities and just every aspect of the university that hes touched. Moulton collected many honors in the community, including being named the Civitan Club Mobilian of the Year in 2002 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Spring Hill College in 2006. He served on many boards of directors including the Mobile Arts Council Foundation, the Museum of Mobile and the Centre for the Living Arts. He was honored in 2012 as one of 10 people to receive a Connecting the Coast award for his efforts to restore the local economy after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.