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Ole Miss arena named for Madison, Mississippi, couple after $10 million gift

The arena is now called "The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss."
Credit: University of Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss — A Mississippi couple is giving $10 million to University of Mississippi athletics, and the school's basketball and event arena has been named for them. 

The arena is now called "The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss."

A news release says the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning board approved the name Thursday. 

John Black is a retired certified public accountant and entrepreneur from Madison. He and his wife say they've been fortunate financially and want to make a gift they could enjoy with their family. 

They have three adult children, eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, most of whom attended Mississippi.

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