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BAD NEWS FOR COACH BB: Arkansas running back Knile Davis announced today that he will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Bummer. He doesn’t project as a first-rounder right now, but pre-draft workouts can change things quickly. Davis was expected to play a big role in new coach Bret Bielema’s ground-oriented attack.

BAD IDEA: Good takedown here of the idea of raising Medicare eligibility age as part of a "fiscal cliff" bargain.

MORE THAN ONE AND DONE? Arkansas State has a new coach, former Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin. Harsin got a five-year deal that will pay $700,000 annually, plus incentives. The first-year buyout is $1.75 million, so hopefully Harsin will stick around longer than his predecessors.

SLUMDOG BILLIONAIRES: Don’t miss Max’s on-the-scene take on the uproar in India over Walmart’s lobbying practices.

THE PEOPLE DON'T RULE YET: Attorney General Dustin McDaniel continues to flyspeck the effort to qualify the Regnat Populus public ethics initiative for the ballot, some microscopic attention noticeably lacking in his sloppy and special interest-favoring work on the likes of recent casino proposals. McDaniel hates stronger ethics laws, particularly the limits envisioned for lobbyists with whom he is in deep alliance for his gubernatorial run. You out there Asa!? Another chance for Republcans to be the party of ethics.


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