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KU Campus Underground: Hoops, football & recruiting news (1/22)
This week's edition has you covered with the latest on KU football recruiting — diving into both the 2021 and 2022 classes. We also take an extensive look at the 2020-21 KU basketball team's shortcomings so far and how things might change moving forward.
Preview: Second KU basketball-OU meeting presents new challenges
KU basketball's game at Oklahoma on Saturday will feature a couple of challenges not seen in the first meeting. For starters, the Jayhawks will be away from the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse, as they'll head down to Lloyd Noble Center ahead of Saturday's game. Furthermore, the Sooners will have a player available who missed the first meeting in Brady Manek.
2022 recruit Monds keeps Huskers high in the running
James Monds III, a 2022 cornerback from Florida, has the Huskers among 13 teams he is considering as he dives into a new year that will hopefully bring some recruiting normalcy.
Washington 2022 OLB Deandre Gill closing in on more offers
"I've been talking a lot with Washington, Washington State and with Kansas," said Gill. "They said they all liked my film and that I'm definitely on their radar."
Official: Illini hire SMU DC Kevin Kane as OLBs coach
Illinois football announced Thursday it has hired Kevin Kane as outside linebackers coach/associate head coach, the final open assistant spot on Bret Bielema’s staff. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg first reported the news.
Jalen Wilson can take lesson from Ochai Agbaji's freshman season
“I think [teams are] just scouting him better,” Agbaji said. “I think moving into this conference season that’s something that guys go against — the other teams scouting against them. Just adjusting to that and playing through that is something that’s new to him. I’ve been talking to him through that.”
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Steve Kerr -- Officials admit Draymond Green's ejection for yelling at James Wiseman was mistake
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game that Ben Taylor -- the game's crew chief -- admitted at halftime that second-year official John Butler thought Green was yelling at him and made a mistake by giving the forward his second technical foul.
Notre Dame football placed on probation for one year over recruiting violations
The NCAA placed Notre Dame's football program on probation for one year on Thursday, after the sides agreed that a former assistant coach had impermissible off-campus recruiting contact with a high school player in January 2019.
Source -- Washington's Jennifer King to make history again as first Black woman to be full-time NFL coach
The Washington Football Team will promote Jennifer King to a full-time offensive assistant, a source confirmed to ESPN, making her the first Black woman to be a full-time coach in the NFL.
Sources -- Cleveland Cavaliers trading Kevin Porter Jr. to Houston Rockets
The Rockets are taking on Porter, a 6-foot-4 wing who was the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft, as a reclamation project after personal issues have prevented him from playing this season. Porter, 20, averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists during a promising rookie year last season.
Mask mandate: Biden signs order requiring masks for US interstate travelers | CNN Travel
Wearing a face mask will soon be federally mandated for interstate travelers in the United States, according to an executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Thursday.
Anthony Fauci says lack of candor from Trump administration 'very likely' cost lives - CNNPolitics
"Particularly when you're in the situation of almost being in a crisis with the number of cases and hospitalizations and deaths that we have -- when you start talking about things that make no sense medically and no sense scientifically, that clearly is not helpful," Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said on CNN's "New Day" Friday.
Stimulus checks and your taxes: What you need to know before you file
The good news is that the 2020 tax filing season will allow people who missed out on a check or received too little to claim their full stimulus payments, which the IRS will send later this year via their tax refunds.
Noel Gallagher to record lost Oasis tracks – without Liam
Noel Gallagher has confirmed that he is releasing a new album of Oasis tracks after unearthing a collection of old songs by the band
Kalispell man pleads guilty to reduced charge in arson homicide | KECI
Jason David Weldele, a Kalispell man accused of murdering his 63-year-old father, Daniel Weldele, in an arson fire withdrew his not guilty plea to one count of deliberate homicide.
‘Nobody is telling you what to say’: Fauci regains the spotlight under Biden - POLITICO
One day into the Biden presidency, the longtime infectious disease expert and unlikely celebrity of the Covid-19 response described it as “a refreshing experience.”
Entrepreneur Hikes Newest Company to Whitefish - Flathead Beacon
At the age of 47, entrepreneur Victoria Livschitz was looking for some inspiration in her life. She was decades into a career in Silicon Valley working for and founding several tech companies but was feeling burnt out.
Montana History Minute - Jeannette Rankin
As we finish Montana History Week, lets talk about Jeannette Rankin. The first woman elected to congress who was the only one to vote against WW1 and WW2. She was also a Montanan. Read all about her below