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Notebook: KU’s Elderly New Offensive Coordinator Hopes to Attract Recruits

You loser! You can’t catch a football? Let’s see if you can catch a rock!

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The Rock Chalkboard

What will Kansas football OC Mike DeBord's offense look like?
“We will be different in our approach to the quarterback,” DeBord said. “We will be more progression throwing and not reading the field, whether it’s single high or double high or anything like that. It’ll be quick for him to make decisions and move on. ... I think it’s going to enable them to play fast and play confident.”

New offensive line coach Lee Grimes found family atmosphere at Kansas
“[He] is a guy that understands development and what goes into developing a student-athlete because he was one,” said Miles. “He played with and coached with Josh Eargle at East Texas Baptist and what he’ll be able to do is impart what will be natural for him: the right steps, the ability to contact and focus his eyes on his target. He will be special as a teacher because he’s played it.”

Four-star Brandin Podziemski to cut list in late February
A well put together 6-foot-5 shooting guard at Delafield (Wisc.) St. John's Northwestern Academies, Podziemski has created a stir with his high scoring antics and ability to create offense at a high level.

Kansas officially adds Quay Davis, top-ranked signee in school history
Davis, the No. 142-ranked player and No. 23-ranked receiver in 2021, surpassed former KU running back Pooka Williams as the highest-rated high school recruit in program history, per the 247Sports Composite. His grade of 0.9374 in the 247Sports Composite was well-above Williams’ composite grade of 0.9055. Though they were in different recruiting classes, Davis ranks 130 spots higher than Williams did in 2018.

New OC Mike DeBord embracing Kansas football youth movement
If Les Miles is to be believed, the Kansas head coach had been attempting to lure his new offensive coordinator for years. In fact, it's possible Mike DeBord may have been among Miles' top choices as Kansas OC when Miles took over the job late in calendar 2018 — if not for one thing, that is.

National Signing Day: Kansas DB commit Kameron Grays flips to MTSU
On National Signing Day, three-star defensive back Kameron Grays announced on social media for Middle Tennessee, following the path of previous KU offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon, who was announced at the school on Friday. Grays had been committed to KU since Aug. of 2020, though he was not among the Jayhawks' 20 early signees.

Bits o Chalk

Kansas City Chiefs' barber tests positive amid haircuts, sources say
Backup center Daniel Kilgore was in the chair when the Chiefs pulled the barber once his COVID-19 test results came in, Schefter reported. Kilgore and the barber both were wearing masks and because Kilgore was deemed a close contact, he told the barber to finish. A source initially had told ESPN that Kilgore was mid-haircut when the barber was pulled.

Former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer moved to hospice facility, family says
Former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer was moved to a hospice facility near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday because of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his family said Wednesday in a statement given to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Tokyo Olympics head Yoshiro Mori says he won't resign after his derogatory comments about women
The controversy over the gaffe-prone former Japanese prime minister is one more problem facing organizers and the International Olympic Committee as they try to pull off the postponed Games in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. They are scheduled to open July 23.

Jared Dudley says Los Angeles Lakers were motivated by 'disrespectful' comments from the LA Clippers' Paul George
The Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers might have missed each other in the playoffs last year, but Lakers reserve Jared Dudley revealed in a new book that his team was primed for the "Battle for L.A." because of Paul George.

Eraser Dust

Over 60% of Republicans Throw Support Behind Biden's $1,400 Stimulus Check, Poll Shows
Amajority of Republicans support President Joe Biden's proposal to send eligible Americans $1,400 stimulus checks, despite efforts from some GOP lawmakers to slash them, according to a new poll.

Biden To Give First Foreign Policy Speech Amid Russia, Myanmar Crises : NPR
President Biden is set to deliver his first foreign policy speech as president on Thursday, which could provide early signals for his plans to chart a course away from former President Donald Trump's "America First" approach to the world.

Trent Reznor Denounces Marilyn Manson in New Statement | Pitchfork
I have been vocal over the years about my dislike of Manson as a person and cut ties with him nearly 25 years ago. As I said at the time, the passage from Manson’s memoir is a complete fabrication. I was infuriated and offended back when it came out and remain so today.

Missouri state lawmaker charged with selling fake stem cell treatments and claiming they are a cure for Covid-19 - CNN
Prosecutors in the Western District of Missouri claim that Patricia "Tricia" Ashton Derges, who operates three "Ozark Valley Medical Clinic" locations, sold what she falsely advertised as a stem cell treatment. Court documents cite one instance on April 11, 2020, when Derges wrote a Facebook post about her clinic's treatment as an "amazing treatment (that) stands to provide a potential cure for Covid-19 patients that is safe and natural."

Hundreds of Veterans Receive COVID-19 Vaccine at Event in Kalispell - Flathead Beacon
I feel relieved, absolutely relieved,” John Tuft, one of the first veterans to get his shot on Wednesday morning, said. “I was just waiting and waiting and waiting and finally they called, said I was scheduled, and I felt relief.”

Kalispell man to appear on 'Jeopardy' Thursday
A product line manager at Applied Materials, Crane is a Montana native who graduated from Helena High in 1992 and earned a chemical engineering degree from Montana State University in Bozeman in 1997.

Morgan Wallen apologizes for racial slur as backlash grows - CNN
"I'm embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back," Wallen said in a statement. "There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better."

Boulevard beer employees knew of sexism, harassment for years | The Kansas City Star
She had already gone to human resources four or five times to complain about a male coworker who showered her with old Boulevard memorabilia, beers and his own T-shirt he asked her to wear to bed.

As he texted her incessantly, McEldowney grew increasingly uncomfortable with the man, a mainstay of the operation since its earliest days. To many of the women at Boulevard, he was widely known for trying to pursue inappropriate relationships with young women.