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Notebook: Kansas to Trot Out Multiple QBs vs KSU

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The Rock Chalkboard

Film room: Five intriguing plays from Kansas' defense vs. WVU
Kansas' 2018 defense finished top-10 nationally in takeaways and turnover margin. The 2019 defense (Eliot's first season at defensive coordinator) ranked dead last in the nation (130 charted teams) with 0.5 takeaways per game. In 2018, Kansas ranked third nationally with 2.4 takeaways per game. That's quite the difference.

Three-star 2022 OT Travis Gray: KU offer was 'best experience'
"I started hearing from Kansas about last year," Gray said in a recent phone call with "My first time I talked to them was actually when they offered me, and I've been talking to them ever sense. It's been cool to get to know coach [Les] Miles and coach [Luke] Meadows and all their family members. And it's been a great ride."

Les Miles talks Pooka Williams' departure from Kansas football
On Monday, Pooka Williams, a two-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree, announced he'd be opting out of the 2020 season, citing a family health situation as the reason for his departure. Williams, who had rushed for 1,000-plus yards in each of his first two years, had totaled only 196 rushing yards (three total touchdowns) in four games in 2020, while dealing with an apparent ankle or leg injury.

Les Miles indicates Kansas could use multiple QBs at K-State
When it comes to their recruiting approaches, Les Miles and David Beaty couldn't be any more different. Miles has opted for a high-school heavy approach, while Beaty turned to JUCO talent over and over, which is part of the reason the current Kansas team is still going through a rebuild.

Bits o Chalk

Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball coach Pat Chambers resigns after internal investigation
Bolton told The Undefeated that he recalled Chambers saying, "I want to be a stress reliever for you. You can talk to me about anything. I need to get some of this pressure off you. I want to loosen the noose that's around your neck."

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe homers twice in Game 2 win over Los Angeles Dodgers
"Yeah, those felt really good,'' Lowe said. "It felt great to kind of get back and contribute to the team. They've been doing so well for the past month. It felt really good to get back and actually start doing stuff again.'

Miami Dolphins' decision to start Tua Tagovailoa 'heartbreaking,' Ryan Fitzpatrick says
One day after Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores elevated rookie Tua Tagovailoa to starting quarterback, the recently demoted Ryan Fitzpatrick said the timing of the move "broke my heart," as he wonders whether he has started his last NFL game.

Source: LSU football losing eight scholarships and banning Odell Beckham Jr. for two years over improper payments
"LSU has worked proactively and in cooperation with the NCAA to identify and self-report any violations that occurred within our football program," Robert Munson, LSU senior associate athletic director, said in the statement. "We believe these self-imposed penalties are appropriate and we will continue to coordinate and cooperate with the NCAA on this matter."

Sources - Seattle Seahawks one of teams looking at Antonio Brown
Both of Seattle's quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Geno Smith, are friends with Brown, worked out with him during the offseason and have remained in touch with him about the idea of bringing him to Seattle, sources said. The organization is intrigued by the idea of matching Brown with an MVP candidate like Wilson in an offense that already is as potent as any in the league.

Eraser Dust

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges - 6abc Philadelphia
Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday.

Mass Grave Unearthed in Tulsa During Search for Massacre Victims - The New York Times
An excavation found 11 coffins in Oaklawn Cemetery, but painstaking work will be required to identify whether the remains are from Black victims of the 1921 race massacre.

TikTok Tightens Crackdown On QAnon, Will Ban Accounts That Promote Disinformation : NPR
TikTok is toughening its stance against the QAnon conspiracy theory, expanding its ban to all content or accounts that promote videos advancing baseless ideas from the far-right online movement.

Kalispell councilman advocates for social gathering restrictions | KECI
Last week, the county Board of Health voted down a proposed order that would immediately limit group events in the Flathead to 500. Robinson said they have reworded that order and it will be presented back to the board sometime next week.

Pandemic Portraits - Flathead Beacon
In this series of profiles, we try to present a variety of different perspectives from Flathead Valley residents who have been diagnosed with the disease, from relatively mild cases to scary bouts that required hospitalization. We also get to hear from an ICU nurse who has had a front-row seat to the harrowing process of keeping extremely ill patients alive in the local COVID-19 unit.

'Starman' just zipped past Mars in his rapidly-decaying Tesla Roadster | Live Science
Starman — the dummy riding a cherry-red Tesla Roadster through space — has made his closest approach ever to Mars.

Pelosi, Mnuchin to Talk Stimulus Again as Trump Hints at Failure - Bloomberg
The two sides “are better prepared to reach compromise on several priorities” after Wednesday’s call between the main negotiators, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted. Pelosi and Mnuchin will speak again Thursday as they seek to “resolve open questions,” he said.