Sul Ross statue

The Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue on the Academic Plaza of the Texas A&M University campus in College Station remains covered Wednesday after it was defaced last week.

Statue commission: Texas A&M President Michael K. Young will form a commission to address the future of the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue on campus. In an announcement to the campus community on Wednesday, Young said a separate task force will study the university’s race relations.

Vandalism details: A&M police said video surveillance shows a person believed to be a white man dressed in black painting the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue with graffiti around 3:38 a.m. on June 10. The man was the only person in the video.

COVID-19 on campus: A&M Athletic Director Ross Bjork said Wednesday that the number of positive cases among A&M’s student-athletes has increased, as the athletic department expected. Bjork declined to give the exact number of positive tests, saying the department is following the reporting guidelines of the Brazos County Health District.

Football planning: The NCAA Division I council officially approved Wednesday the long-expected ramp-up to the college season, accounting for the lack of spring practice among many schools because of COVID-19. 

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