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The Rock Chalkboard

Bill Self talks strength of Big 12 on preseason teleconference
Well, they're loaded. I mean obviously returning the players they do — and I don't know exactly any details on the situation with Tristan Clark, but I know when he was healthy he was a tremendous player. So sad they announced that. ... But I really believe they deserve to be ranked where they are. I know them and the Zags kind of split the national preseason No. 1 ranking. I think both are deserving. I love their roster. They seem to fit — the pieces seem to fit well, at least they did last year. I anticipate them having a tremendous year."

Newly-offered 2022 LB Carson Willich grew up following Kansas
If you want to go ahead and call three-star (Top247) linebacker Carson Willich a big fan of KU, you won't meet much resistance. In fact, you'll get an acknowledgment and confirmation of such from the class-of-2022 inside linebacker.

Kansas' Marcus Garrett named to Naismith Trophy watch list
Kansas basketball is not far removed from its most recent national player of the year. Frank Mason took home the honors in the 2016-17 season, and two Kansas point guards since — Devonte' Graham and Devon Dotson — have earned All-American accolades.

CBS Sports reveals Top 25 programs in college basketball history
College basketball will return next week for the first time since the 2020 NCAA Tournament collapsed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020-21 season will look a little weird with shortened schedules and likely a lot of canceled games, but some basketball is better than no basketball.

Bits o Chalk

Trevor Ariza to Oklahoma City Thunder in 3-team trade with Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks
Veteran forward Trevor Ariza is headed to his fourth team this week as part of a three-team trade involving the Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Clemson Tigers-Florida State Seminoles game postponed
Florida State and Clemson will not play Saturday after the teams' medical personnel could not mutually agree on moving forward with the game, the ACC said in a statement.

Ex-Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell headed to Lakers on 2-year deal, agent says
The Los Angeles Lakers have added the reigning Sixth Man of the Year to their upcoming title defense by agreeing to terms Friday with free-agent big man Montrezl Harrell.

Can Indiana really be a football school, big tests for mid-majors and more to watch in college football's Week 12
We're entering our fifth week of Big Ten football for the 2020 season, and the biggest game to date is Saturday's top-10 matchup between No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 3 Ohio State.

Eraser Dust

Les Miles fires OL coach Luke Meadows, promotes John Morookian
Kansas football coach Les Miles has made a midseason change to his coaching staff. On Friday, the second-year Kansas coach announced that he had fired offensive line coach Luke Meadows.

Biden faces a race against the clock for U.S. to rejoin Iran nuclear deal
President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement if Iran abides by the deal, but both sides will have to race against the clock and navigate a political minefield to reach that goal.

Kyle Rittenhouse: Kenosha shooting suspect released after posting $2 million bail - CNN
Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen accused in the fatal shooting of two people in August during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was released from custody after posting $2 million in bail, according to the county's sheriff's department.

Noel Gallagher Opens About The Problems His Daughter May Face During Her Life Because Of Oasis - Metalhead Zone
Noel Gallagher went on to explain that his daughter can’t have a normal life and gets mobbed over her relation to Oasis. He described the situation as really strange because they didn’t even perform that song for a long time

Many College Students Head Home for Thanksgiving Lacking Covid-19 Tests - WSJ
Hundreds of thousands of college students are poised to leave campuses next week and travel home without taking a Covid-19 test, creating a significant health risk in their hometowns.

Twitter will hand @POTUS account to Joe Biden on Inauguration Day - Business Insider
"Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement, according to The Verge. "As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.

COVID-19 has Kalispell organization seeking help for families
The Nurturing Center in Kalispell has overcome many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there's more ahead for the organization that supports struggling families.