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Tom Keegan: Does Kansas have a clean basketball program? |
It’s bigger than that. It boils down to a central question: Does Kansas believe it has a clean basketball program? Not are they just doing what everybody else is doing. Not can it stay out of trouble. Those are separate, smaller issues.

Phone conversation surfaces in which KU assistant coach, basketball corruption trial defendant discussed recruit |
A phone conversation in which University of Kansas assistant basketball coach Kurtis Townsend and former amateur coach Merl Code discussed a high-profile player’s recruitment was not admitted as evidence in the college basketball corruption trial in which Code is a defendant, but could cause problems for Townsend and the university down the road.

'Not an ideal situation': Jayhawks vague on offensive changes after Meacham's firing |
After a complete offseason of working directly with Doug Meacham, plus six weeks worth of regular season practices, meetings and scheming with the Kansas football team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Peyton Bender and his fellow QBs showed up at Anderson Family Football Complex this past week to learn Meacham had been fired.

Notebook: KU's Pooka Williams, Joe Dineen pick up midseason All-America honors |
The Jayhawks’ star back, Williams was named to ESPN’s mid-year freshman All-America team. Dineen made an even bigger splash, as a first-team defender on Sports Illustrated’s midseason All-America team.

Grimes named to Jerry West Award watch list - Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas freshman Quentin Grimes has been named one of 20 candidates for the 2019 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.

Jayhawks meet with media at Big 12 Tipoff - Kansas Jayhawks
Head Coach Brandon Schneider and seniors Christalah Lyons and Austin Richardson spent the day at St. Philip's School and Community Center along with the nine other Big 12 women's basketball teams to preview the upcoming season.

College basketball corruption trial to begin closing arguments Wednesday | News, Sports, Jobs - Lawrence Journal-World: news, information, headlines and events in Lawrence, Kansas
The prosecutors and the defense in a trial aiming to tackle college basketball corruption — which has often centered on the KU basketball program’s recruiting methods — have both finished calling witnesses to the stand.

Texts between Kansas coach Bill Self and ex-Adidas rep show how high-level college basketball recruiting works -
The most interesting text messages between Bill Self and T.J. Gassnola that were shared Monday in federal court were the ones that came after the former Adidas consultant thanked the Kansas coach for whatever role he played in getting KU's 12-year contract extension done with the apparel company in September 2017.

This is what national publications are saying about KU basketball in wake of Adidas trial
A number of national publications on Monday wrote about the federal court case into college basketball corruption, particularly how it affects or reflects on Kansas basketball.

Other Sports News

Mary Bono resigns USA Gymnastics after four days
Former congresswoman Mary Bono announced Tuesday that she has resigned as interim president and chief executive officer of USA Gymnastics after a tenure of four days.

Atlanta Falcons placing RB Devonta Freeman on injured reserve
"Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought he was just having general soreness in his groin area," Quinn said. "As the week went on, it continued, so we decided to have him get some tests. It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve.

Ohio State DE Nick Bosa leaving school, looking to draft
"I was hopeful that Nick would be able to return to play again for us," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "I know this was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for Nick and his family, and I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter. I want to thank Nick for the remarkable efforts he gave for this program. He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach."

NFL had 'targeted intervention' with teams due to preseason concussions
At the owners meetings in New York on Tuesday, Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, said the league identified seven teams in 2017 that had a higher incidence of preseason concussions than the others and "did a targeted intervention with those clubs." Sills said that process involved wide-ranging discussions with the football operations staffs of the teams that involved the design of practice drills and which helmets players were wearing.

Other News

Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You
It sounded a little slippery last week, when Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads. It was, in fact, very slippery. Facebook just admitted that Portal is completely capable of collecting data about you and using that data to target ads. But don’t worry, Facebook probably won’t do this right away.

How to Keep Crunchy Taco Shells From Breaking
As you may or may not know, I have been on quite the Matty Matheson kick recently, and happened upon this tip while watching a YouTube video of him critiquing YouTube videos, which features Kylie Jenner and Karrueche Tran making shrimp tacos (poorly). In it, he tells Karrueche Tran that her “shells broke, bro,” then offers a solution. “If you were to just put that in the oven for a little bit, let ‘em warm up, let those oils go around, they’ll break a little bit less, [and] they’ll become less bitter.” He then adds “I don’t know. Why is Kylie Jenner doing anything?,” which is fair.

Teens may have brought cookies baked with human ashes to school
When you hear a story about a pair of teens who baked something nefarious into some cookies and brought them into their school, you think weed, right? But a pair of kids in Davis, California, possibly raised things up a twisted notch by baking a grandparent’s ashes into cookies and taking them in to share with the class.

Chris Redd Does a Spot On Kanye West Impersonation on SNL
This realization hit me yesterday when watching a clip of SNL’s cold open for their latest show. I discovered, a few seconds in, that I am more interested in what Chris Redd’s Kanye says and does than what Kanye says and does. And perhaps this is at least partially due to the fact that Chris Redd did the best Kanye impression I’ve ever seen.