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Notebook: Kansas Mauls Signing Day

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The Rock Chalkboard

How Kansas football's 2023 recruiting class stacks up against past ones
It was a relatively smooth National Signing Day for the Kansas football staff. Although quarterback Kasen Weisman announced his decommitment during the day, it was an expected outcome following his official visit to Colorado and the news didn’t take many for a surprise. KU finished the first day of the three day signing period with 12 high school players signed and locked into being a Jayhawk. It’s twice as many players as the Lance Leipold signed this time last year, when KU added five high school players during the early period.

WATCH: Lance Leipold goes in-depth on Kansas' 2023 recruiting class
National Signing Day is Wednesday and the Kansas football program signed all 12 of its verbal commits. Things got started early in the morning, with both of KU's eastern time zone players signing quickly. By the time 10 a.m. CT came around, KU's early signing class had all put pen to paper.

What Kansas football is getting in Colorado State transfer Devin Phillips

Kansas loses quarterback commit Kasen Weisman on National Signing Day
Kansas football quarterback commit Kasen Weisman has decommitted from the program on National Signing Day. The class of 2023 recruit announced his decision on social media Wednesday morning. The decision comes after Weisman elected to take an official visit to Colorado this past weekend, the final weekend for visits in the 2022 calendar year. For more on where KU football could turn after Weisman's decommitment, click here.

Bits o Chalk

For some Giants fans, Carlos Correa news is ‘the final straw’ | KNBR
Joe McCormac has been a Giants fan his entire life — through the team’s ups and downs, the freezing nights at Candlestick Park, the near-move to Tampa Bay. He’s seen six managers, three World Series trophies and dozens of splash hits.

Clemson's Dabo Swinney: 'We built this program in God’s name, image and likeness'
“We built this program on NIL,” Swinney said. “We really did. And it’s probably different than what you’re thinking though. We built this program in God’s name, image and likeness.”

Signing day winners, schools that missed in football recruiting
With the early signing period starting Wednesday, college football programs have been working hard to add as much talent to their future rosters as possible.

Travis Hunter to Colorado: Deion Sanders lands top-ranked transfer on Signing Day, media reacts
Travis Hunter, the top-ranked player in the transfer portal, signed with Colorado and coach Deion Sanders on Wednesday, making good on his promise to announce his decision after reaching 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. The Georgia native caused a wave of reaction following Sanders' move to Colorado earlier this month after he entered the portal following Jackson State's loss in the Celebration Bowl over the weekend.

Michigan’s Juwan Howard Goes on Tirade in Loss to North Carolina - Sports Illustrated
In the final minute of the game, played in Charlotte, N.C., Juwan Howard got into a shouting match with an official and needed to be restrained by some of his players. He appeared to profanely snap at them to take their hands off him as they pulled him away from the court and back to the team huddle on the sideline.

Eraser Dust

Ukraine war: Zelensky urges US to help it defeat Russia - BBC News
Ukraine is "alive and kicking" and will never surrender, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said, in a defiant address to US lawmakers on his first foreign trip since Russia's invasion.

Kalispell awarded $25M grant for West Reserve improvements | Daily Inter Lake
At Monday's Kalispell City Council meeting, City Manager Doug Russell celebrated the grant award, saying to the city's lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. as having "definitely paid off."

"This was a top priority in our transportation plan," said Russell. "It's nice to have [the project] in the books for construction."

U.S. employees to be automatically enrolled in company retirement plans under new bill
New legislation working its way through Congress could improve retirement security for U.S. workers. The plan is part of a government spending bill, and it includes a provision that would automatically enroll eligible employees into their company's retirement plan.

US winter storm will bring coldest Christmas in decades - BBC News
More than 90 million people are under winter weather alerts across 37 states.

About 80% of the nation is set to experience sub-zero temperatures, including places as far south as Texas.

‘Avatar 3’ And ‘Avatar 4’ Scenes Shot To Avoid ‘Stranger Things’ Issue, Director James Cameron Reveals – Deadline
Writer-director Cameron has told Entertainment Weekly that he’s shot scenes from a proposed Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 concurrently with the recently released sequel. He did so to avoid having the younger cast members age-out, bringing up Netflix’s Stranger Things as an example of the problem of time marching on.

Apple Pulls iOS 16.2 Option to Upgrade to New Home Architecture - MacRumors
One of the key new features in iOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1 is the ability to upgrade to a new Home app architecture. While Apple hasn't shared details on exactly what the changes are, the company says the upgrade offers "improved performance and reliability" for HomeKit accessories.

Child tax credit expansion not included in omnibus package | The Hill
A child tax credit (CTC) expansion is not included in the $1.7 trillion omnibus funding bill that congressional lawmakers expect to pass this week, despite Democrats listing it as a top priority during negotiations with Republicans.