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Notebook: Bill Self Mauls Hire of New Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Marge, it’s times like this I’m glad I flunked out of that Mexican med school

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The Rock Chalkboard

Film room: A look at KU's offensive personnel vs. Indiana State
The Les Miles-era of KU football began last Saturday when KU defeated Indiana State 24-17. The game provided the first look at Miles and offensive coordinator Les Koening’s offense.

Bill Self announces hiring of new KU basketball strength coach
“We are excited Ramsey will be joining our staff as our director of sport performance,” Self said through a KU athletics release. “Having the doctorate and academic background he has, Ramsey should fit very nicely, not only with the men’s basketball program but also with the future of Kansas Team Health. At 28, he’s the youngest head strength coach in the NBA and comes very highly regarded by his peers. He will bring an academic element along with energy, toughness and a track record of working with professional athletes that will also aid us in recruiting.”

Behind Ben Miles' decision to leave Texas A&M for KU football
"It was a really difficult decision because I really had a great opportunity at A&M and I really loved my coaches," said Miles in his first interview as part of the Jayhawks. "Coach Graham and Coach Fisher, man I have the utmost respect for those guys, and I learned a lot and I took a lot from that program."

MATCH PREVIEW: vs. DePaul – Kansas Jayhawks
The No. 11 Jayhawks (4-0-0) hit the road for the first time of the 2019 season when they take part in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup in West Lafayette, Indiana. KU will take on DePaul in game one of the Challenge on Friday, Sept. 6. The match, set for 3 p.m. (CT) at Purdue’s Folk Field, will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Inside linebackers Dru Prox, Kyron Johnson content with playing every snap for Jayhawks | KUsports.com
Prox played every snap up to that point, and he proceeded to play all 71 snaps on defense during KU’s 24-17 win over Indiana State in the season opener. In fact, both Prox and junior Kyron Johnson played every snap last weekend in their first start at the two inside linebacker positions.

Carter Stanley aims to improve upon mistakes made in Week 1 win | KUsports.com
“For whatever reason, we kind of had a lack of communication. And it turned into the play not being ran the way we practice it. It just completely changed the look that we had. And it obviously didn’t help that they brought a blitz that heavy,” Stanley said.

Bits o Chalk

Lakers' Howard blessed after hitting 'rock bottom'
"It didn't have anything to do with basketball," Howard said Wednesday during an introductory conference call with reporters. "It was just stuff going [on] in my personal life. Mentally, physically and spiritually. It had nothing to do with me as a basketball player or anything like that. It was just personal things that I had to deal with which made me stronger."

White -- No more UFC for Penn after street fights
"He won't fight again, that's it," White told ESPN. "That's a wrap. It's not even that this was the last straw. I didn't love him continuing to fight anyway, but with the relationship that he and I have -- he gets me on the phone, begging me for another fight. It's hard to turn him down.

Chiefs kick off season as Super Bowl favorites
The Chiefs moved ahead of the New England Patriots and into the role of Super Bowl favorites in late August at Caesars Sportsbook. Kansas City is 6-1, followed closely by the Patriots at 13-2.

Team USA's Smart day-to-day with quad strain
Smart missed most of Team USA's training in August with a calf strain on the same left side. He played only 11 minutes in the Americans' victory over Turkey on Tuesday.

AB reacts to fines from Raiders, has new helmet
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown posted on social media a letter he received from the team that detailed about $54,000 in fines for missing time during training camp.

Eraser Dust

The Jeremy Renner app will have to be the dumbest app in heaven now
The disparate subjects of human nature and Jeremy Renner nature collided tragically this week, as the official Jeremy Renner app, which has existed on the internet since—Jesus, really?—2017, has apparently announced that it’s being shuttered. The news came after people confirmed what we’ve all suspected all along: That no one is mature or strong enough to deal with that level of Jeremy Renner access day in, day out, without collectively losing their goddamn minds.

Group seeking donations to eliminate Kalispell schools lunch debt
Fisher says the debt accumulates over time if parent’s don’t pay or don’t apply for financial aid for lunches at the beginning of the year. Because of this, Fisher says many students go without lunch to avoid the shame of not having the money to get hot food in the lunch room

Black bear found resting in Montana lodge washroom | CNN Travel
n a video shared by Buck's T-4 Lodge in Big Sky, hotel workers were astonished to encounter the young bear sprawling on the bathroom countertop, apparently unfazed by its surroundings.

Wild horses of the Outer Banks have a special trick to survive hurricanes - CNN
They will move to higher ground and gather under sturdy oak trees to shelter from the storm, said the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which manages the herd and sends a similar reminder during major hurricanes due to the outpouring of concern for the horses. "They'll likely ride out winds and rain as their ancestors did before them — in huddles, butts to the wind," it added.

Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Denies Most Requests : NPR
Congress created the expansion program last year in response to a growing outcry. Thousands of borrowers — nurses, teachers and other public servants — complained that the requirements for the original program were so rigid and poorly communicated that lawmakers needed to step in. But, documents show, even this expansion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program isn't working.

Hurricane Dorian Politics Shows Trump Focusing Again Just On His Base : NPR
Apparently relying on a map that warned of high winds, or another showing hypothetical paths for the storm, the president over the weekend insisted Alabama was "in the crosshairs." At midweek, sitting in the Oval Office, he held up a map on which someone using a marking pen had ballooned the area of actual hurricane threat to include Alabama.