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Notebook: The Top Big 12 Teams and Kansas Take a Bye Week Break

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The Drive: Where KU basketball, football stand in mid-November
For those new to the show, The Drive is a weekly television program (discussing Kansas and Kansas State) that airs on WIBW-13 Sunday nights in Topeka. The Drive is in Season 15 with co-hosts Tim Fitzgerald ( and myself, Scott Chasen of Fitz and I discuss both football and basketball regarding the Jayhawks and Wildcats.

DaJon Terry showing 'huge growth' in redshirt-freshman season
“We’ve seen huge growth, and we think he’s got a very bright future," said defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot of Terry. "I think his career here is going to be very good. He’s improved tremendously from last year to this year. Every week he gets better. He’s a guy that’s a 300-pounder that can move and he’s physical. I think you’re going to see some great things from him, not only this year but in the future."

Bill Self seeking 'ultra-aggressive' play from KU's Ochai Agbaji
Last year, Agbaji played alongside two second-team All-Americans and a third player who won national defensive player of the year honors. As a freshman, he was a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency kind of option, as his redshirt was pulled in the middle of the year. Again, he had some standout performances, but he wasn't asked to be the guy — with players like Dedric Lawson and Devon Dotson leading the way.

Corey Robinson was 'in shock,' 'so happy' to receive KU FB offer
"I do plan on probably committing to a school pretty soon," Robinson said. "I'm just weighing out all my options, ... but spots are filling up and schools don't really know how many scholarships they'll have to be able to give out. So I can't wait too long."

10of12 Top 10: Upper teams take a break
A majority of the Big 12 was off this week, leaving fans with just two games to enjoy. The teams competing for a league title—Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Texas—all had bye weeks, leaving the top half of our rankings unchanged. However, there is some movement in the bottom half.

Bits o Chalk

Sources - Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis, eyeing bigger deal, declines option
The fact that Davis is not picking up the final year on his deal, worth $28.7 million, is viewed merely as a business decision to ink a longer deal with more security than one season guaranteed. It also will allow him to reenter free agency as a 10-year veteran, when his maximum salary potential will increase.

Sources -- Brooklyn Nets top James Harden's list of trade destinations
The idea of joining Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn is resonating with Harden, sources said.

South Carolina parts ways with football coach Will Muschamp
"After a thorough assessment of our football program, we have decided to make a change with the head football coach," Tanner said in a statement. "I appreciate all that Will Muschamp has done for our program and wish him and his family the best moving forward. I believe our program will be well served by Coach Bobo as the interim head coach as we search for a new leader for Gamecock Football."

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees unsure of his status for Week 11
"I'm just taking it one day at a time. I've done that this entire season. And I'll continue to do that. I'm not sure what tomorrow holds," said a somber Brees, who also has been fighting through an injury to his right throwing shoulder in recent weeks. "But you can know I'm gonna do everything I can to be as effective as I possibly can come next week.

Eraser Dust

Scott Atlas: Trump coronavirus adviser urges Michigan to 'rise up' against new Covid-19 measures - CNNPolitics
White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas criticized Michigan's new Covid-19 restrictions in a tweet shortly after they were announced Sunday evening, urging people to "rise up" against the new public health measures.

"The only way this stops is if people rise up," Atlas said. "You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp"

Former US ambassador on transfer of power to Biden, Trump's refusal to concede
“So far I think it’s not terribly damaging, it’s really still early days,” David Adelman told CNBC’s “Capital Connection” on Monday. “If it were to persist for weeks or even more than a month, I think the damage would be substantial.”

Trump says for the first time Biden won the election but later insists he's not conceding - CNNPolitics
President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that Joe Biden won the presidential election, but the President refused to concede and blamed his loss on a string of conspiracy theories.

Jetliner hits brown bear while landing in Alaska - CBS News
None of the passengers or crew members on the aircraft were injured during the accident at the Yakutat Airport in southeast Alaska, The Anchorage Daily News reported.

'Home Alone' at 30: Chris Columbus reminisces about Christmas classic - Insider
I mean, John Candy in the movie is a perfect example. He was on the movie for only one day, but it resulted in so much great improvisation. None of that stuff was in the script. The funeral-parlor story, that was all improvised at 4:30 in the morning. We could barely keep a straight face on set just listening to John.

Liam Gallagher announces festive new single 'All You're Dreaming Of'
This latest release from Gallagher marks his first original solo music since 2019. The track will arrive on November 27, with all proceeds going to Action For Children – which provides invaluable support for vulnerable young people over the f