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Notebook: Kansas to Face South Dakota; 3 Star Recruit Decommits from KU Football

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3-star RB Cole Mueller decommits from KU football
Cole Mueller, a three-star running back from Missouri, announced via Twitter that he would be decomitting from the University of Kansas. Mueller is the third player to decommit from KU in this year-long recruiting cycle, though all three players who did so were originally recruited to KU by former coach David Beaty and the other two — Clay Cundiff and Lance Legendre — decommitted before the current regime took office.

Bill Self gives possible timetable for Udoka Azubuike's return
“You know, I haven’t seen him today," Self said, asked about a chance at Azubuike returning over the next week. "So I would definitely say none tomorrow, but I don’t know moving forward. But if he does [play] he won’t be 100 percent. We won’t put him out there if he can hurt it worse, but it’s a sprained ankle, so he can probably go as pain tolerates. But as of now, I can’t see it.”

KU football picks up commitment from prep D-lineman Da'Jon Terry |
On the same night that the Kansas football program lost a commitment from a Class of 2019 running back it gained one from a defensive lineman.

Class of 2019 RB Cole Mueller decommits from KU football |
Cole Mueller, the prospect who had been tied to KU the longest, unattached himself Monday night, less than 48 hours away from the beginning of college football’s early signing period.

Ballot breakdown: No. 1 KU loses first-place vote after knocking off defending champs | Jackson's Journal |
Yet, the performance was not enough for Paul Klee to keep KU at No. 1. Klee, who is a sports columnist for the Colorado Gazette, moved Kansas down from No. 1 to No. 3 in his latest AP poll.

Why KU’s offense has struggled a bit, and one potential path to improved efficiency
The Kansas basketball offense has taken a step back this season, and that should not be surprising.

Other Sports News

QB Justin Fields exploring transfer but could still return to Georgia
Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields is exploring the possibility of transferring, though he hasn't yet told the Bulldogs' coaching staff that he's leaving, sources told ESPN on Monday.

James Harden of Houston Rockets doesn't deny he got away with travel at critical time vs. Utah Jazz
When legally executed, James Harden's step-back jumper is one of the league's most lethal weapons and heavily debated topics, as many opponents take umbrage with the allowance of a "gather step" and insist the reigning NBA MVP's go-to move should be ruled a travel on a regular basis.

Oklahoma City Thunder rout of Chicago Bulls punctuated by heated tussle
An otherwise ho-hum blowout by the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Chicago Bulls became suddenly tense Monday night when a squabble spilled over into courtside fans and players and coaches tried to separate the teams.

Sean Payton, Drew Brees of New Orleans Saints now No. 2 in wins among coach/quarterback duos
Payton and Brees won their 117th regular-season game together when the New Orleans Saints survived a 12-9 slugfest with the rival Carolina Panthers -- passing Don Shula and Dan Marino for second place among coach/QB combos during the Super Bowl era.

Other News

Bureau of Reclamation Approves Overhaul of Hungry Horse Dam - Flathead Beacon
While work at the dam is tentatively expected to begin in 2019, it will continue into the late 2020s, when the biggest aspect of the upgrades — breaking down and rebuilding the four 107-megawatt generators inside the dam — takes place.

Amanda Hawkins left her children to sleep in a hot car. She’ll serve 40 years in prison for their deaths. - The Washington Post
The children — Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2 — were trapped in the car for 15 to 18 hours as temperatures in Hill Country reached close to 90 degrees. That evening, someone heard the girls crying in the car and asked Hawkins to bring them inside. “She said: ‘No, it’s fine. They’ll cry themselves to sleep,’ ” Hierholzer said.

Flathead County to Decide if Bottling Plant Violates Zoning Rules - Flathead Beacon
Flathead County officials have been given until Dec. 31 to provide a district court judge with detailed information surrounding their investigation into whether the Montana Artesian Water Company’s bottling plant near Creston is in violation of the Egan Slough Zoning District Regulations, according to a recent court order.

Louisville radio station plays ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ for 2 hours straight | FOX59
A Louisville radio station has absolutely no problem with “Baby It’s Cold Outside”–and proved it by playing the holiday classic for two straight hours over the weekend.