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Notebook: Les Miles Mauls Having a Cold

There you are. Thought you could get away, huh?

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The Rock Chalkboard

Podcast: Projecting the 2020-21 KU basketball starting five
Earlier this week,'s Jack Johnson published a story breaking down a projected starting five for the Kansas men's basketball team, giving his best guess at how things might shake out during the next year. That was the topic of conversation, as's Scott Chasen (myself) and Jack Johnson gave our picks for our expected five-man units, a month-and-a-half or so ahead of the season.

Kansas football 4th-down report: Oklahoma State (2020)
From there, we'll give a quick "verdict" — good call or bad call — and then move onto the next. We'll also attempt to bring numbers into the conversation whenever possible to show if the data supports or refutes the KU coaching staff — specifically Miles and offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon.

Kansas football injury report: Les Miles updates player ailments
"Yeah, I have a cold," the Kansas coach said before joking: "I'm definitely probable [for the next game]. Definitely going to be there."

Andrew Simpson will play senior year for Braves
Simpson committed to Kansas back in May and told us at the time he was on track to graduate early and enroll at KU in time for spring ball. Since then, California decided to move the football season back to January and players that were on track to early-grad had to decide if they planned to follow through on that or stay for their senior season.

Bits o Chalk

Philadelphia Eagles' Darius Slay says NFL shouldn't have played but now OK with protocols
"My true opinion, I felt like we shouldn't have even had one because of what was going on. It's a difficult time," Slay said when asked about the positive tests popping up across the league.

Source - New Orleans Saints don't anticipate relocation of MNF game due to hurricane
With the storm projected to hit further west in Louisiana on Friday night, the Saints don't anticipate the need to relocate for practice this week or for Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers in the Superdome.

Los Angeles Lakers switch to 'Black Mamba' uniforms for potential title-clinching Game 5
They were slated to wear the black alternative uniforms in Games 2 and 7 of the NBA Finals, a team source confirmed to ESPN. But on Friday, the Lakers can clinch the title, as they lead the Miami Heat 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Sources -- Houston Texans' J.J. Watt had heated exchange with Bill O'Brien
The incident, which also included defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver, took place in the week leading up to the winless Texans' Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Dave Roberts to mull Kenley Jansen's role as closer
For years, the Los Angeles Dodgers knew that if they could just get a lead to the ninth inning, Kenley Jansen was waiting to jog in from the bullpen to close things out. After Jansen struggled through yet another appearance Wednesday, the formula for manager Dave Roberts is no longer so simple.

Eraser Dust

4 Takeaways From The Pence-Harris Vice Presidential Debate : NPR
After a raucous debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden last month that was marked by constant interruptions, name-calling and a moderator unable to control the discussion, Wednesday night's vice presidential debate marked a return to a more traditional affair.

Regeneron requests EUA from the FDA for coronavirus treatment
Regeneron’s stock price rose over 4% in premarket trading Thursday after the company submitted an “emergency use authorization” request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Covid-19 antibody treatment.

Noel Gallagher reflects on 'Be Here Now' criticism: "I started to overthink it"
“Most people, our record company included, were expecting ‘Definitely, Maybe’ part two,” he said in Return to Rockfield.

The best grunge albums ever
In the early ’90s, a slow-paced and flannel-clad spin on rock bubbled out of the Pacific Northwest and conquered the mainstream. People often seem to think that the genre emerged in Seattle thanks to a little-known band named Nirvana, but it’s actually a bit more complicated than that. From ’70s trailblazers to the present day, here’s how it all went down…

Paddling for Inner Peace - Flathead Beacon
“Coming back along the left side of the lake the wind kicked up so hard and the water was white capping,” Pekus said. “I ended up paddling on one side of my board for nearly three hours and it almost killed me.”