HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The University of Southern Mississippi
has received approval from the state College Board to lease a
Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft for five years from the USM
Foundation for a total of $1.89 million.
No agreement has been signed.
USM spokeswoman Jana Bryant says the plane would be used by
university personnel for official business.
USM President Martha Saunders says the plane would save the
school money on trips.
Richard Giannini, USM athletic director, says the plane could be
used for recruiting trips.
In 2005, the Southern Miss Athletic Foundation partnered with
two unidentified lawyers to buy an airplane that was used to
recruit players. The plane was sold last year.
The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University
both have airplanes.
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