Graham Watson

  • Former Supreme Court chief justice to preside over Jameis Winston hearing

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago

    Retired Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding will preside over the upcoming student code of conduct hearing for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, according to reports.

    Winston faces as many as four conduct violations stemming from an alleged sexual assault of former student in December 2012. The state attorney's office in Tallahassee declined to press charges against Winston following an investigation last fall. The alleged victim filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education, which prompted a Title IX investigation.

    There is no set date for when Winston's student conduct code hearing will take place.

    Harding, 79, was a state Supreme Court justice from 1991 to 2000. Harding is currently a practicing attorney with the law firm Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee, but has no ties to Florida State University. He is a native of Charlotte, N.C., graduated from Wake Forest and Virginia's law school. He was selected over two other retired Florida Supreme Court justices, Joseph Hatchett and Charles T. Wells.

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  • Oklahoma State suing NMSU over mascot likeness after 50 years of usage

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago

    Oklahoma State has issued a cease and desist letter to New Mexico State asking it to stop using its Pistol Pete mascot.

    The two schools use a similar likeness of Pistol Pete, a character based on a real cowboy named Frank Eaton. Oklahoma refers to the likeness as Pistol Pete while New Mexico State refers to it as the Classic Aggie. However, New Mexico State doesn't use that particular logo anymore.

    Oklahoma State said it was the first to have the mascot in the 1920s and then New Mexico State adopted a similar mascot in the 1960s. NMSU said it initially paid Oklahoma State royalties when it adopted the mascot.

    Still, Oklahoma State would like the Sun Belt school to stop using it now 50 years later.

    According to legend, Eaton earned his nickname by showing off his shooting skills in Oklahoma and winning a legendary gunfight in Albuquerque.

    For more Oklahoma State news, visit OStateIllustrated.com.

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