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The Rock Chalkboard

Bill Self pleased with maturity level of KU basketball
"Our mindset is good," Self said. "I think mentally we’re really in a good place right now. I think our guys have handled everything very maturely. … I’ve been amazed at how they’ve handled things and how they’ve also handled being a college student in today’s time since they’ve been back the 1st of August."

Bill Self talks recruiting challenges during COVID-19 pandemic
The recruiting world has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic — as has the rest of the world. For college coaches, one major change has been a mandated dead period that has kept prospects from being able to visit campuses. Coaches have also been held back from going and holding in-home visits, and the word "Zoom" has been uttered on many a campus approximately 500,000 times.

Les Miles: Marcus Harris 'scratching the surface' of potential
On Monday, Harris — a redshirt freshman — said he tries to emulate the play of 2019 first round pick Ed Oliver and 2020 first round pick Derrick Brown. Brown, who was drafted seventh overall by the Carolina Panthers, played college football at Auburn — less than an hour from where Harris grew up in Montgomery, Ala.

Kickoff time, TV info announced for Kansas vs. Iowa State
Yesterday, the Big 12 announced the slate of games for the weekend of Oct. 31 (Halloween). That included the Jayhawks' fifth Big 12 game, which will be played against Iowa State at 11 a.m. CT on Fox Sports 1.

Three-star offensive lineman Edgar Amaya decommits from Kansas
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it's the Lord's purpose that prevails," tweeted Amaya on Monday evening. "After countless prayers and conversations with my family, we have decided the best decision is to reopen my recruitment. I want to thank all the coaches at Kansas for making me a part of the KU family. This wasn't an easy choice to make."

Star Kansas RB Pooka Williams opting out of 2020 football season
"Today I made the very difficult decision to opt out of the rest of the season to be closer to my mother and family in Louisiana," Williams wrote in a statement released on Twitter. "Family and health are the most important things to me. Right now I need to be with my mother, who is battling health issues."

Bits o Chalk

Kyler Murray's run of success at Dallas' AT&T Stadium continues as Arizona Cardinals roll
Murray improved to 7-0 all time at the stadium through high school, college and the NFL after leading the Cardinals to a 38-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle 'as good as anybody that I've coached'
"Kittle is a great player," Belichick said. "He does everything well. I'd put him right at the top of the league there, period. His ability to run, catch, get open, after the catch, block, he does everything at a high level. He's as good as anybody that I've coached or as good as anybody that we've played against."

Attorney for group of ex-players fires back at Iowa Hawkeyes
The attorney representing eight Black former Iowa football players who allege racial discrimination during their time with the Hawkeyes said Monday night that the university's rejection of their demands, which included a payment of $20 million, is not the end of the matter.

Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott takes blame for blowout loss to Arizona Cardinals
"I don't think we can use that as an excuse," Elliott said of not having Prescott, who suffered a season-ending compound fracture and dislocated right ankle in Week 5. "I'm just going to keep saying it over and over -- I started the game out with two fumbles, gave the ball away and gave them all the momentum they need to go take off. I want to say I'm sorry and this one is on me. I need to be better."

Eraser Dust

Second stimulus check update: N.J. Democrat reports progress ahead of Tuesday’s deadline set by Pelosi - nj.com
“My sense is that they’ve made progress,” said Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th Dist., following a conference call between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Caucus.

Supreme Court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania mail-in ballots
Pennsylvania ballots will be counted up to three days after Election Day, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in shooting down Republican opposition to the extension.

Jeffrey Toobin was masturbating in front of New Yorker bigs: report
The New Yorker writer and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin didn’t just expose himself during a Zoom work meeting — he was allegedly caught masturbating in the call with some of the magazine’s biggest names, and has been suspended from the publication

Flathead Co. health officer: growing rate of COVID-19 not sustainable | KECI
“The increasing number of positive cases and the evidence of widespread community transmission have brought Flathead County to a point where tough decisions need to be made,” said interim health officer Tamalee St. James Robinson. “The growing rate of COVID-19 in our community is not sustainable for our health care system, our public health staff and our schools. We have to decide what is more important -- social gatherings or keeping our schools and businesses open. It is up to all of us to slow the spread.”

Assisted living home in Kalispell looks for pen pals | KECI
Kalispell Regional Healthcare posted to Facebook in search of pen pals for residents at Brendan House, an assisted living home in Kalispell.

The post includes photos of three residents who would love to participate in receiving and sending letters. The photos include the residents' names, some hobbies they enjoy and a few of their favorite things to help get the conversations started.

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley campaigns for Sen. Daines in Kalispell
Republicans are making a late push in the Flathead Valley two weeks out from the general election by bringing in former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to campaign for US Sen. Steve Daines.

Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth the day before the election | TheHill
In an Instagram post, Neil deGrasse Tyson shared a photo of the Earth from space along with what you can only assume is an asteroid. Asteroid 2018VP1 — now that's a mouthful — is a space-rock the size of a refrigerator, Tyson said, and it's hurtling towards us at more than 25,000 miles per hour.