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'We good?' 'Always': Texts between Self, fixer presented in college basketball corruption trial |
Although a former Adidas consultant testified in federal court on Monday that he never told University of Kansas basketball coaches about paying the families of players, text messages between him and KU coaches Bill Self and Kurtis Townsend show they were aware of some sort of involvement in recruiting.

Long promotes former HR director |
The director of human resources for Kansas Athletics since 2009, Frank Reeb was promoted to assistant athletics director, human resources, KU’s first-year athletic director, Jeff Long, announced Monday.

David Beaty: 2 questions led to his decision to fire Doug Meacham |
With his Kansas football team 0-3 in the Big 12 following a 2-1 start during the less challenging nonconference portion of the schedule, head coach David Beaty decided this past Wednesday, during the Jayhawks’ bye week, to fire offensive coordinator Doug Meacham.

KU’s Devon Dotson one of 20 players on Cousy list; Big 12/Big East challenge in works?
The Big 12 and Big East have agreed to an annual “challenge” series between teams from the two conferences with an official announcement expected “soon,” according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

Defense shows text messages between Gassnola, Kansas staff
On Wednesday, Adidas consultant TJ Gassnola testified that the Kansas staff had no idea that the apparel company was paying players. Monday, the defense attempted to bring out text messages between Gassnola and Kansas coaches to prove the opposite.

Kansas PG Devon Dotson named to Bob Cousy Award watch list
Devon Dotson became the first of likely a long line of Jayhawks to receive preseason honors on Monday, as he was named as one of 20 college players to the watch list for the 2019 Bob Cousy award, which goes to the best point guard in college basketball. The Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame announced the news on Monday.

Q&A: Hasan Defense explains how he picked off Will Grier twice
The cornerback-turned-safety had struggled in his first few games for the Jayhawks in 2018, but he bounced back in a big way against the Mountaineers. Defense twice picked off quarterback Will Grier in the red zone, which helped put KU in a position to tie the game late in the third quarter. And he may have very well done so a third time, but the referees didn't see it that way.

Could KU basketball redshirt two players this season?
This is not "new news," as Bill Self would say, but it is important news heading into the season, at least for a few players. Self has been hesitant to suggest who his starters might end up being, but one would have to expect at least two of the spots to be filled based of his most recent comments.

KU freshman McCormack showed off ‘hidden talents’ at recent Late Night in Phog
A spotlight focused on David McCormack as the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Kansas basketball newcomer positioned himself behind a set of drums in the southeast corner bleachers of Allen Fieldhouse.

Adidas trial: Text messages from KU’s Bill Self, Kurtis Townsend shown as evidence
Text messages from Kansas Jayhawks basketball coaches Bill Self and Kurtis Townsend to former Adidas consultant Thomas “T.J.” Gassnola took center stage Monday as a federal court case into college basketball corruption winds down.

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How WNBA players are spending their offseason instead of going overseas - Swish Appeal
For many WNBA players, the end of league play means a quick break before heading overseas to play even more basketball until the WNBA season starts up again in the spring. But some players either forgo international play altogether or squeeze in other activities prior to heading out to their other teams. Here’s a roundup of what a few of those players (and teams) are doing this WNBA offseason.

Good morning. Let’s basketball. -
The 2018-19 NBA regular season returns Tuesday night! Need help passing the time before tip-off? We have some stuff for you to read.

NBA predictions and thoughts for every team to start 2018-2019 season -
I spent all summer intending to pick the Celtics to win the championship. This has become a trendy choice, and it’s not that much of a stretch. With Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back alongside defensive stalwart Al Horford, plus another year of development for Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the C’s are loaded with talent.

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Christian Braun announces commitment to KU basketball
Christian Braun, a four-star small forward from the KC area, announced via Twitter on Monday that he would be committing to the University of Kansas.

I have a conspiracy theory about free birthday desserts at restaurants
I think it’s antiquated and there are tons of people that don’t even eat dessert. Also, does it really bring someone back in if they get a dessert on the house, or is there a better way to get return guests?... I got a ton of feedback ... and most of the people don’t expect it but think it’s nice. I feel there are other ways to make the experience special and that would certainly be more memorable. A free dessert is kind of old-school and chain restaurant.

Saudis preparing to admit that journalist Khashoggi was killed, sources say - CNN
The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources.