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Notebook: Kansas Has 3rd Best Recruiting Class in Big 12

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DT Jaydon Wannstedt talks Kansas offer
"Earning my first offer from Kansas meant everything to me," Wannstedt said. It's something I’ve worked for since I was a kid and was one of the biggest reliefs in my life."

Darrell Stuckey looking to help KU football in mentorship role
By all accounts, Darrell Stuckey is a devout Catholic. Although the phrase, “more than an athlete” has picked up traction in recent years thanks to NBA superstar LeBron James, Stuckey exemplifies it. Not only is Stuckey a former NFL Pro Bowler and KU Ring of Honor inductee — he’s also a former Big 12 Sportsman of the Year and is a fixture in the Lawrence and San Diego communities.

Three breakout candidates for the 2020 KU football offense
After scoring more than 24 points only a single time in the first half of the season (albeit in a 48-point eruption at Boston College), the Jayhawks fired offensive coordinator Les Koenning and promoted offensive consultant Brent Dearmon. The Jayhawks would go on to post three outings with 30-or-more points to close the year, including a 37-34 win over Texas Tech.

KU basketball finishes with top-20 class in final 2020 rankings
It is worth noting, however, the Jayhawks have the No. 13-ranked class per the Top247, though in both cases the Jayhawks ranked at No. 3 in the Big 12. Oklahoma State comes in at No. 2, having added No. 1-overall 2020 prospect Cade Cunningham, as well as one four-star prospect and three three-star prospects. Texas Tech's class, ranked at No. 1 in the Big 12, has four commitments, three from four-star talents and one from a three-star talent.

2022 SF Rylan Griffen talks KU basketball recruiting interest
“Coach Howard had been watching me play, and then him and my dad had got in contact and they started talking,” Griffen recalled to “He just offered me. My dad called him and he offered me.”

Bits o Chalk

Ohio State game models show potential for 20,000-50,000 fans
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday that his athletic department has run several social distancing models to consider having fans in the stands at games this fall, and Ohio Stadium, with a normal capacity of more than 100,000, would hold a crowd closer to 20,000-22,000 fans and up to 40,000-50,000 "if guidelines are relaxed."

In lawsuit, NFL player says he was sexually harassed, assaulted during United Airlines flight
An unnamed NFL player is suing United Airlines, alleging that he was sexually harassed, assaulted and violated by a female passenger on a February flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, and that the airline failed to properly respond to complaints.

Financial toll of coronavirus could cost college football at least $4 billion
University systems have suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in losses thus far, which could grow significantly as decisions are made about whether to return students to campuses this fall.

University of Kentucky Fires Four Cheerleading Coaches Amid Allegations of Naked Hazing
“During a team retreat at Lake Cumberland, cheerleaders were hurled from a dock into the water while topless or bottomless in a gymnastics routine known as basket tosses, according to the investigation.”

Eraser Dust

Taking a deep dive into what it means to be manic - REVOLT
While Kanye has created dialogue, he hasn’t contributed much to the bigger conversation about what it means to feel manic as a bipolar person. For Mental Health Awareness Month, one writer delves into the lives of several individuals who have experienced bipolar mania.

16 movie parodies that still hold up: Airplane! to Spaceballs
But a few select parodies manage to not only remain vital—and, therefore, funny—decades after their release; some have even outlasted the films they were parodying in the first place. (How many of the young people watching Airplane! for the first time in 2016 have any idea that the Airport movies even existed?) Timeless source material helps, of course—Star Wars jokes will land as well in 2016 as they did in 1987, for example, because Star Wars continues to assert an oversize influence over American pop culture—but the strength, and often silliness, of the jokes themselves, is what makes a parody last. Here are our picks, all at least a decade old, otherwise how would you know if they still hold up?

'Justice League' Snyder Cut Plans Revealed: "It Will Be an Entirely New Thing" | Hollywood Reporter
The answer to Emmerich's question, a whispered-about secret for months, was revealed Wednesday when Snyder confirmed, at the end of an online screening of his 2013 movie, Man of Steel, that his version of Justice League was indeed real. And that it will be coming to HBO Max, the WarnerMedia digital streaming service launching May 27, and is expected to debut in 2021.

U.S. secures 300 million doses of potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
The United States has secured almost a third of the first one billion doses planned for AstraZeneca's experimental COVID-19 vaccine by pledging up to $1.2 billion, as world powers scramble for medicines to get their economies back to work.

This Device Will Supercharge Your Backyard Barbecue | Outside Online
I’ve been a smoked-food believer since 1986, when a friend and I were on a road trip in Mississippi and bought a whole smoked chicken from a carry-out place. We devoured it while standing next to the car, and this feast was a mind-bending revelation compared to the charcoal-grilled chicken I’d known as a kid: it was deliciously smoky rather than carbony, and much juicier and pinker inside. On the outside, it had beautifully browned skin that looked like mahogany.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 5 million, Johns Hopkins data shows
Reported Covid-19 cases around the world reached 5 million on Thursday as some countries begin easing strict social distancing guidelines and look to reopen their economies, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.