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Tuesday, November 23, 2004


The Paige Laurie story had legs. From the official University of Missouri press release.

University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd and University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that the Laurie family is transferring to the University the naming rights to the new MU basketball arena.

Under the terms of the naming rights agreement, Bill and Nancy Laurie had the legal right to retain the naming rights. Their relinquishment of those rights was a decision they made voluntarily.

Further, USC is hot on Paige's trail.

The University of Southern California will investigate allegations that Wal-Mart heiress and Mizzou basketball arena namesake Paige Laurie cheated her way through the school, St. Louis television station KSDK reported Monday....

A University of Southern California official said the matter was "disappointing and strikes at the heart of integrity."

"One must do one's own work. One must not ask others to do work for them and try to get an unfair advantage over other students," said Michael Jackson, the school's vice president of student affairs.

Reward good behavior here, here and here.