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Mizzou Gets Arena Naming Rights Back

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Paige Sports Arena (MU photo)

By AP/KWMU/KBIA

Columbia, MO – The University of Missouri is poised to ditch the name on its new sports arena.

That's because the Laurie family on Tuesday gave back the naming rights for what they named the Paige Sports Arena. Paige is the Wal-Mart heiress and Laurie family daughter being investigated for possibly cheating her way through college in California.

Billionaires Bill and Nancy Laurie donated $25 million for the new arena then named it the "Paige Sports Arena" after their only child. A new arena name would need a vote from the university's Board of Curators.

A former roommate of Paige Laurie first told the ABC news program "20/20" she got thousands of dollars to do Paige's homework for more than three years. The University of Southern California, the school where the allegations of cheating took place, is investigating.

University spokesman Joe Moore says no date has been announced when the board will meet on the issue.

In a released statement, University President Elson Floyd thanked the Lauries for their generosity.

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