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Notebook: Bill Self Mauls Being Excited for Freshman Class

Ooh, look at me! I’m making people *happy*! I’m the Magical Man from Happy-Land, in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane!

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Where does Frank Mason's NPOTY season rank in one-and-done era?
The list has some intriguing entries, as Zion Williamson's 2019 season for Duke came in at No. 1 while Steph Curry's 2008 season landed at No. 2. Anthony Davis, who actually won a championship and national player of the year honors, came in at No. 3, while Kevin Durant had to settle for No. 4.

KU Athletics releases COVID-19 testing data on KU football
The results: One student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19, while another tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. The release stated that the student-athlete who tested positive for the novel coronavirus had "shown no symptoms prior to returning to the Lawrence community for voluntary football activities" and "is self-isolating and is being monitored frequently by medical professionals."

Self sees 'unbelievable upside,' NBA potential with 2020 signees
Bill Self is fond of KU basketball's 2020 recruiting class. Two of the four signees, he noted in a recent video posted to the KU basketball Twitter account, have "unbelievable upside." Two others, Self added, seem destined to end up in the NBA.

Jace Wilson, brother of KU hoops' Jalen Wilson, talks KUFB offer
“It definitely surprised me,” Wilson told of receiving a KU offer. “I was actually at my friend’s house. I was just swimming and my phone died. My mom was like contacting all my friends that I was with, telling them that I need to answer, I need to answer. I called and she said, ‘Kansas wants to talk to you.’”

Scouting Sunday: Could Hunter Sallis be KU hoops' next great CG?
Bill Self and combo guards. If you've followed the University of Kansas men's basketball program for any amount of time, you know KU's soon-to-be 18th-year coach loves taking versatile ball-handling guards and playing them next to each other.

Reintroducing KU football starting QB candidates: Jalon Daniels
Jalon Daniels is a dual-threat quarterback, does a great job of getting the ball out of his hands," Dearmon said. "Can create, can improvise in the pocket. Just the direction that we've went down in our O-line spot, we knew that the pocket passer is kind of fading away in football. And Jalon's ability to move and create just enamored us."

Jeff Long discusses financial impact of COVID-19 at Kansas
The setting for those recent comments by Long was an online panel held by the Kansas City Public Library last week. Long and Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk discussed several topics related to college athletics, including the COVID-19 pandemic and players returning to campus. For that, the moderator asked the two ADs about the dilemma of even having a season in the first place, and the topic of generating revenue came up.

Film room: Five clips of new KU football commit OJ Burroughs
Recruited by Jordan Peterson, Les Miles and Chevis Jackson, Burroughs is the first defensive back commit for the Jayhawks in 2021. He previously measured in at 5-9 1/2, 156 pounds at a regional of The Opening in 2019, posting a 4.76 40-yard dash and 4.21 shuttle at the event.

Bits o Chalk

Ranking the Top 10 Montana-born NFL players of all time: Nos. 1-5 | Professional |
Looking back at the history of Montana natives in professional football, you'll see individuals who seem to fit perfectly in the Big Sky state.

NASCAR says noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage at Talladega
"Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act," NASCAR said in a statement. "We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.

Memo - NFL creates tiers of access in facilities to manage coronavirus
The memo mandates that teams divide their organizations into "tiers" that define where personnel can go and what they can do. The tiers are designed to limit access to restricted areas such as the practice and stadium fields, sidelines, locker room and training rooms to essential personnel only. Teams must assign tiers to all their employees, who wear a tiered photograph credential to spell out their access.

Brett Favre thinks Colin Kaepernick will be lauded as hero like Pat Tillman
"I can only think of -- right off the top of my head -- Pat Tillman's another guy who did something similar, and we regard him as a hero," Favre said. "So I'd assume that hero status will be stamped with Kaepernick as well."

ESPYS winner Thomas 'Snacks' Lee hopes to inspire people with low self-esteem
To win the Can't-Stop-Watching Moment at the 2020 ESPYS [Sunday night] feels great. Any time you can bring positive exposure to your city, to your state. Any time you can represent your family and those who support you, it's incredible, especially on this big platform.

Eraser Dust

WHO reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases - Reuters
The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 183,020 in a 24-hour period.

Northeast Philadelphia native, brother of police captain, killed in British terrorist attack
A Northeast Philadelphia native was among three people stabbed to death Saturday evening during an attack at a park in Southern England that is being investigated as a “terrorist incident.”

Vehicle crashes into Kalispell home and kills homeowner Saturday
The driver, a 20 year old male from Arizona, was traveling eastbound on Rocky Cliff Drive in Kalispell, and failed to negotiated a curve and drove off the road, striking a house.

Kalispell man encouraged by Black Lives Matter movement
RJ, a longtime resident of the Flathead Valley, said unified moments like the recent Black Lives Matter protest in Kalispell are hopeful signs of meaningful change for racial equality. He knows all too well about being “the only one” or “one of a few.”

FDA Recommends Not Using These 9 Hand Sanitizers Considered Toxic
The FDA stated on its website that the sanitizer manufactured in Eskbiochem SA de CV contains the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol). Here are the nine hand sanitizers identified by the FDA:

McDonald's May Cut This Beloved Menu Fixture For Good
Recently the National Owners Association, a group of about 80% of franchised locations, voted "no" to bringing back McDonald's breakfast all day. That could mean no Sausage McGriddles for lunch or Hotcakes for dinner. They said the streamlined operations with a small menu are beneficial for customer satisfaction and getting them in and out faster — which is the top priority of the brand, according to Restaurant Business.