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Notebook: What Kansas Will Look Like Without Marcus Garrett

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What Kansas gets in four-star receiver Quaydarius Davis
Kansas made a splash in Texas over the weekend when Dallas Skyline 2021 four-star receiver Quaydarius Davis announced his commitment to the Jayhawks. Davis has maneuvered a circuitous route in his recruitment, which has seen prior commitments to SMU, Texas, and USC.

Bill Self seeking improved leadership, intangibles after UT loss
KU basketball cut its second-half deficit against Texas to four points and then gave up three-straight 3s. It was in that sequence when coach Bill Self, in the aftermath of the game, sensed things getting out of hand.

2022 ATH Christion Stokes names top seven
"Most schools are looking at me as a DB, a few look at me as a running back and a couple look at me as an athlete," he said.

Dajuan Harris could see large role if Marcus Garrett misses time
The Jayhawks, fresh off a loss to No. 4 Texas, saw Marcus Garrett go down in that game with an apparent head injury. In the aftermath of the game, KU coach Bill Self said he hadn't seen the play in question but knew Garrett was hit in the head.

Preview: No. 6 KU basketball looks to bounce back at TCU
“Obviously Saturday was a bad, bad morning for us,” said Self. "We deserved exactly what we got. All of us. Me, players, none of us performed very well. But the biggest takeaway that I saw from that game was the fact that I didn't feel like we tried or competed as hard when the game got away from us."

First AP basketball top 25 rankings of 2021 revealed
Four other top-10 teams lost games, including No. 5 Houston, while the Michigan Wolverines surge again in the rankings with an undefeated start and the first ranked win fo the season for Juwan Howard. And then came the big news Monday morning that Indianapolis would host the entire NCAA Tournament in somewhat of a bubble capacity after last year's cancellation of March Madness.

Recruiting storylines to watch in 2021
As much as any time ever, fans of college basketball and recruiting have been looking forward to calendar turning over to a new year. It isn’t just hoops fans either, it is the entire world looking towards a better year as we all hope to leave 2020 in the past and move on to bigger and better things during 2021.

Bits o Chalk

NFL playoffs preview 2020 - Schedule, bracket, Super Bowl chances for every team
Fittingly, an unprecedented 2020 NFL season remained unsettled until the 256th and final regular-season game. Washington's win on Sunday night clinched the NFC East division title (with a losing record, no less) and locked in the 2020 playoff field.

Sources -- Kevin Durant facing 7-day quarantine, set to miss 4 games
After exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is facing a seven-day quarantine that will force him to miss the next four games, sources told ESPN.

Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic has first triple-double of season after slow start
"I can't say that I'm surprised," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of Doncic's spectacular outing. "He's a great player."

Amid 1-5 start, Kyle Lowry says reeling Toronto Raptors need to regain their 'swagger'
After the Toronto Raptors fell to 1-5 with a demoralizing 126-114 loss to the undermanned Boston Celtics on Monday night, All-Star guard Kyle Lowry said that in order for the Raptors to right themselves, they'll need to get their swagger back.

Joe Judge reacts to Philadelphia Eagles' effort on SNF, says New York Giants will never 'disrespect the game'
"We will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants," Judge said Monday at the end of a two-plus-minute answer to a question about whether he thought the Eagles did anything wrong.

Eraser Dust

Why Your Windows Taskbar Should Always Be on the Left Side
Windows has featured a taskbar at the bottom of the screen since the beginning. That position made sense back in the day, but on modern computers, it doesn’t. I’m here to tell you the taskbar should be on the left.

D.C. mayor calls on National Guard as pro-Trump protests set for capital
"We're asking D.C. residents and people who live in the region to avoid confrontations with anybody who's looking for a fight," Bowser said. "And the best way to do that is to avoid the area."

Man arrested in connection with July Whitefish death
A California man accused in the death of a Whitefish man outside of the VFW Bar and Grill in Whitefish last summer was booked into the Flathead County Detention Center on Sunday.

Whitefish City Council to consider emergency mask ordinance | KECI
Whitefish city officials told NBC Montana that newly inaugurated Gov. Greg Gianforte has indicated that he may lift former Gov. Steve Bullock's directives requiring that face coverings be worn. Officials say they are concerned if this were to happen, it could be dangerous for the public's health and well-being.

Larry King out of ICU after being hospitalized with COVID-19 | Fox News
Larry King has been moved out of the intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital and is breathing on his own after contracting COVID-19, a spokesman said on Monday.

Harvard professor believes asteroid was actually old alien tech |
Avi Loeb, an Israeli-American theoretical physicist and professor at Harvard University, theorizes in his upcoming book “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) that a rock that entered our solar system in September 2017 might have actually been old alien technology.