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The Rock Chalkboard

Kansas' D.J. Eliot recalls learning about Bill Self's toughness
"Bill Self, as everybody knows, is from the same hometown as me, went to the same high school," Eliot said. "He's a little bit older than me, but his mom taught my brother in middle school. His sister is currently my nephew's tutor, so there's still a connection there. And then we he had the same high school basketball coach."

'My dream came true': KU offer 'unbelievable' to QB Austin Myers
"I heard some stuff about it, and I didn't know if it was true or not," Myers said. "I was told to call Brent Dearmon [last Thursday]. And when he told me, I just broke down in tears. I didn't know what to think. It was crazy. ... It just felt amazing."

NBA coach impressed by Devonte' Graham's breakout season
However, while the team was not in playoff contention, Graham's season helped put him on the map for NBA fans of all teams. The former Kansas Jayhawk averaged 18.2 points, 7.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. He shot 37.3 percent from 3 while averaging 3.5 made 3s per game.

Jeff Long taking part in online forum on COVID-19, KU-MU rivalry
Kansas athletic director Jeff Long and Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk will take place in an online discussion on Tuesday regarding several topics relevant to the world of college sports.

Scouting Sunday: 4-star WR Keon Coleman could play hoops, too
KU basketball coach Bill Self has previously spoken to Phog.net (in general) about taking a player for football and basketball and his philosophy on that. We addressed his comments in this week's KU Campus Underground. Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has also had one prominent football player come over to the basketball team and average more than 20 minutes per game.

NBA coach impressed by Devonte' Graham's breakout season
However, while the team was not in playoff contention, Graham's season helped put him on the map for NBA fans of all teams. The former Kansas Jayhawk averaged 18.2 points, 7.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. He shot 37.3 percent from 3 while averaging 3.5 made 3s per game.

Statistics that speak to the dominance of Bill Self, Les Miles
Both Bill Self and Les Miles have won a national title. They've competed at the highest level, with Self capturing 14-straight Big 12 regular-season titles and Les Miles capturing two SEC titles and making two national championship game appearances.

Bits o Chalk

NBPA's Michele Roberts says players discussing best way to use influence on BLM movement
It's not a question of play or not play," Roberts told ESPN. "It's a question of, does playing again harm a movement that we absolutely, unequivocally embrace? And then whether our play can, in fact, highlight, encourage and enhance this movement.

Ohio State football players, parents asked to sign coronavirus risk waiver
The "Buckeye Pledge," obtained and reported by the Columbus Dispatch, asks players to "help stop the spread of the COVID-19" and accept "I may be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections." By signing the two-page electronic pledge, players agree to testing and potential self-quarantining, monitoring for symptoms, reporting any potential exposure in a timely manner and to practice Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

Saints' Alvin Kamara attends NASCAR race, shows support for driver Bubba Wallace
Kamara, who grew up outside of Atlanta, said he didn't realize before this week "how deeply rooted the Confederate flag was" around NASCAR events. He learned more about the history this week and spent time talking to NASCAR president Steve Phelps.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich knocks NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for previously caving to President Trump
"A smart man is running the NFL and he didn't understand the difference between the flag and what makes the country great -- all the people who fought to allow [Colin] Kaepernick to have the right to kneel for justice," Popovich told The New York Times in a column by Maureen Dowd posted Saturday. "The flag is irrelevant. It's just a symbol that people glom onto for political reasons ..."

Lakers players say there's still time to 'figure things out' ahead of restart
After Friday's NBA players' group call revealed just how adamant a faction of the league is against resuming the season in Orlando, Florida, next month, members of the Los Angeles Lakers insist that ample time remains to get their team on the same page.

Eraser Dust

Liam Gallagher: MTV Unplugged Album Review | Pitchfork
After infamously bailing out right before Oasis’s 1996 MTV Unplugged performance, the irascible, charismatic Britpop anti-hero gets a second chance.

Kalispells Heroic Realms announces new location
"I wouldn't say we made any money though. I think, I can count on two hands the number of sales we made game sales during those five or six weeks," said Mecham.

‘We’re thinking landslide’: Beyond D.C., GOP officials see Trump on glide path to reelection - POLITICO
“The more bad things happen in the country, it just solidifies support for Trump,” said Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in Robeson County, N.C., one of several rural counties in that swing state that shifted from supporting Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. “We’re calling him ‘Teflon Trump.’ Nothing’s going to stick, because if anything, it’s getting more exciting than it was in 2016.”

This year, Stephens said, “We’re thinking landslide.”

American Paul Whelan, Held In Russia On Spy Charges, Is Sentenced To 16 Years : NPR
Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen who was arrested in Moscow in 2018 on charges of espionage, has been found guilty in a closed trial and sentenced to 16 years in prison in a case that has strained relations between the two countries.

Atlanta police shooting: Rayshard Brooks death declared homicide - BBC News
Rayshard Brooks died while fleeing from two white police officers in a restaurant car park late on Friday.

Dress code at Butte daycare causes controversy
The policy includes banning shirts that include guns, racism, misogyny, homophobia, “Build the Wall” slogans, and shirts that glorify war, the military, and police.

Many people posted critical messages on Facebook about the daycare’s policy and called for a boycott of the business.

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