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Notebook: Lance Liepold is the New Coach of Kansas Football

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The Rock Chalkboard

WATCH: Lance Leipold addresses Kansas football players for first time
"I'm Lance Leipold and I'm your new head football coach and I ... could not be more proud for the opportunity to work with you," Leipold said. "Everything I've heard about you, your character, your work ethic and where this program is heading, could not get me more excited. I know it hasn't been easy. I know a lot of this you don't control."

Recruit reaction: What Kansas signees, commits, targets said about Lance Leipold
Lance Leipold had a busy first day as KU coach. After arriving in Lawrence, he met with the KU players and shared a message about the direction of the program, and then he held a Zoom call with Kansas' 2021 signing class, Mason Brotherton told me.

How to watch: TV, radio, game info for Kansas football spring game
Two years ago, the last time KU had the event, the Jayhawks brought in a musical artist to perform. Rick Ross took the stage with Miles, mirroring the basketball event Late Night in the Phog, which has had 2Chainz, Snoop Dogg and other notable artists give concerts. This year, no musical performer has been announced with the event.

Leipold over Monken: First thoughts on the Jayhawks' coaching hire
When I went to sleep Thursday evening (early Friday morning, if we're being honest), I still wasn't sure who Kansas would hire as coach. The buzz, interestingly enough, had swayed to Jeff Monken, and at least one coach previously involved in the coaching search believed it was going to be the former Army program leader (and felt confident enough to spread that news).

Podcasts: Breaking down Kansas football's hire of Lance Leipold
Before Buffalo, Leipold was at Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he won six national title games at the D-III level. He is credited as the fastest coach to reach 100 career victories at any level of NCAA football, going 109-6 at Wisconsin-Whitewater.

From the archives: 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong profiled Lance Leipold's journey
Lance Leipold was paid the ultimate recruiting compliment on National Signing Day in 2016 — the kind of compliment no coach wants. Power Five programs kept taking the players he and his staff identified, proving, as 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong put it, that "Leipold and his staff certainly have an eye for talent needed to win big."

2022 KU commit Xavion Brice reacts to Lance Leipold hiring
"I thought it was going to be coach Jones as head coach," Brice told "It means I have another coach to get comfortable with before I get there."

Media praises Kansas for Lance Leipold hire
On Friday, Kansas ended its coaching search and hired former Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold. Despite the circumstances surrounding the search, the Jayhawks have drawn great reviews for the move. (Ed Note - Why doesn't Scott ever include RCT in these types of articles?)

What AD Travis Goff said about hiring Lance Leipold as football coach
“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Coach Leipold, Kelly, Lindsey and Landon to the Jayhawk Family,” said Director of Athletics Travis Goff. “He is a man of integrity, a developer of young men, a program builder and a winner. His track record of sustained excellence is exactly what we were looking for in our next leader, and is what the University of Kansas and our fans deserve."

Bits o Chalk

Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick Kyle Trask in second round of NFL draft as potential heir to Tom Brady
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have found their heir to Tom Brady, selecting Florida quarterback Kyle Trask in the second round of the NFL draft Friday with the 64th overall pick.

Jayson Tatum rallies Celtics from 32-point deficit, ties Larry Bird's record with 60 points
"I would have left at halftime," Stevens said afterward. "I know my daughter left at halftime. She's got stuff to do tomorrow. There was no reason to stay."

LeBron James' return 'a good start,' but Lakers fall to Kings
LeBron James paused his pregame free throw routine and stood still just inside the foul line on Friday when he flexed both arms, tilted his head back and let out a guttural roar.

Mets' Dominic Smith to Phillies' Jose Alvarado after dustup: Meet me in tunnel if you have a problem
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies turned the eighth inning of their game Friday night into a benches-emptying, trash-talking, finger-pointing commotion that spiced up a routine game -- and could ignite more sparks this weekend.

Eraser Dust

'SNL' cast won't be forced to appear with host Elon Musk
“Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,” a source told us. “[‘SNL’ boss Lorne Michaels] won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do.”

Paul Rudd Sheds His Ageless Appearance for White Hair and Grey Beard for New Show | Entertainment Tonight
The 52-year-old actor shed his ageless appearance for white hair and a grey beard while on the set of his upcoming show, The Shrink Next Door. Rudd was photographed in Los Angeles on Thursday, looking almost unrecognizable in the salt-and-pepper look, oversized suit, white button-up, tie and black shoes. He also wore glasses and a face shield to follow COVID-19 protocols on set.

How ‘Crash’ Propelled Dave Matthews to the Stratosphere - The Ringer
Reynolds remembers the first time he went over to Matthews’s place to mess around with the young bartender’s drum machine. Speaking by phone from Sarasota, Florida, with birds chattering behind him, Reynolds says with a chuckle that Matthews never picked up or even mentioned a guitar that was lying around, but at the end of the night he did sit down at a piano, mumble something, and start to play. “And it was like Paul McCartney or something,” says Reynolds. “It was a very developed piece of music. And I was like, damn, he’s way more than a bartender!” By 1991, Matthews had emerged from behind the bar, assembled a damn band, and started making music that magnified his curious gaze.

Pentagon stops all border wall construction projects paid for with military funds
The Biden administration announced Friday that it would cancel all construction on the border wall that was paid for using redirected military funds, a Defense Department spokesman said.

India COVID-19 crisis: Oxygen scarce, bodies burning through the night
India reported 386,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday – a global daily record. Hospitals are running out of beds. Crematoriums are burning bodies through the night. With oxygen in short supply at medical facilities, patients are gasping for breath, and their families – overwhelmed by grief and helplessness – are running frantically to obtain oxygen themselves.

Manchin opposes D.C. statehood, dealing a blow to Democratic priority
"If Congress wants to make D.C. a state, it should propose a constitutional amendment and let the people of America vote," Manchin told WV MetroNews Talkline, a West Virginia news outlet.

Josh Duggar, "19 Kids and Counting" star, facing child pornography charges in Arkansas - CBS News
Josh Duggar, who appeared alongside his parents and 18 siblings on the reality show "19 Kids and Counting," faces charges of downloading and possessing child pornography, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday.