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Notebook: Bill Self Mauls the NCAA

Now, Son, on your first day of school... I’d like to pass along the words of advice my father gave me. Homer, you’re dumb as a mule and twice as ugly. If a strange man offers you a ride, I say take it. Lousy traumatic childhood.

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WATCH: Bill Self, Travis Goff discuss Kansas basketball's IARP punishments, ruling
After several years of waiting, Kansas learned its official fate stemming from its IARP case. The case — which began over a half-decade ago — was put to a close on Wednesday afternoon as the IARP committee announced the final punishments for KU. In the afternoon, Travis Goff and Bill Self met with reporters to discuss the case, punishments and the last six years. Click the video above to see what they had to say.

Rakease Passmore, No. 48 recruit in country, commits to Kansas
"I believe in their coaching staff and the way they win so they can put me in the best position to go in and compete," Passmore said as to why he chose Kansas.

How Top-50 recruit Rakease Passmore fits into Kansas' top-three ranked 2024 class
A 6-foot-5 wing at Lincolnton (N.C.) Combine Academy who currently ranks No. 48 nationally on 247Sports, Passmore joins a high-powered class that already includes five-star center Flory Bidunga and combo guard Labaron Philon who ranks No. 27 overall. The addition of Passmore will move Bill Self's class to No. 3 overall in the industry generated composite team rankings for the class of 2024.

Bill Self comments on KU's IARP penalties, having to vacate 2018 Final Four banner
After six years, KU basketball’s NCAA infractions case came to a close as the IARP announced its findings and final punishments for the KU basketball program. The formal findings are included in a 163-page document and the shortened version comes out to 10 pages.

‘He's a guy you can count on’: Jayson Gilliom’s mentality standing out to coaches, teammates
One of the biggest improvements for KU football this season compared to last has been its defense. A multitude of reasons have contributed to it, including stronger depth and consistent rotation from multiple positions. One of those includes the linebackers where several players have had impactful seasons so far even outside of a starting position. One of those linebackers having an impact as a depth piece in recent weeks is Jayson Gilliom.

Eraser Dust

No power, water or fuel to Gaza until hostages freed, says Israel minister | Israel | The Guardian
Israel has said there will be no humanitarian break to its siege of the Gaza Strip until all its hostages are freed, amid growing concern over dwindling water, food and fuel supplies after a fifth night of bombardment.

Chaos in House GOP intensifies with Scalise's speakership bid in peril | CNN Politics
GOP lawmakers did select Steve Scalise as their nominee for the job that is second in the line of presidential succession on Wednesday. But by nightfall it was clear the Louisiana Republican and current majority leader was struggling to find the votes he needs to secure the gavel during a floor vote.

As Students Face Retaliation for Israel Statement, a ‘Doxxing Truck’ Displaying Students’ Faces Comes to Harvard’s Campus | News | The Harvard Crimson
A billboard truck drove through the streets surrounding Harvard’s campus Wednesday, digitally displaying the names and faces of students allegedly affiliated with student groups that signed onto a controversial statement on Hamas’ attack on Israel.

Kalispell Public Schools to Consider In-District Charter Schools - Flathead Beacon
The Kalispell Public Schools (KPS) Board of Trustees will consider applications for one or more charter schools to be opened within the district at its Oct. 24 meeting. If approved by the board, the applications will head to the Montana Board of Public Education, where they will be approved or denied by early 2024.

Kansas basketball ruling: Kentucky moves to No. 1 on all-time wins list as Jayhawks vacate victories -
Kentucky returned to the top of the NCAA's all-time men's basketball wins list on Wednesday as Kansas was forced to vacate 15 wins from the 2017-18 season. KU's penalty through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process dropped the Jayhawks from 2,385 victories to 2,370 on the NCAA's all-time ledger, giving the Wildcats a seven-victory edge.

Obi-Wan's Most Memorable Quote Shows He Forgot What It Means To Be A Jedi
When Obi-Wan gives Anakin back his lightsaber, he says, “This weapon is your life.” This is an interesting choice of words. The Force should always be a Jedi’s greatest ally, but in that moment, Obi-Wan tells Anakin that his weapon is more important. If a Jedi’s most important asset is his weapon, a term most often associated with violence, what does that say about Obi-Wan’s perspective on the Jedi? A Jedi’s lightsaber is an extremely personal object, certainly. But it is a tool first and foremost, one through which Jedi can feel and interact with the Force physically. If a Jedi’s most prized possession is a weapon, then how can they be anything other than a warrior?

State commission moves to strike standard for library directors
The Montana State Library Commission voted Wednesday to strike a longstanding professional requirement applied to the directors of Montana’s eight largest libraries, one that dictates whether those libraries qualify for state funding.

Montana education advocates sue 56 counties over property tax dispute
A coalition of education advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday against all 56 Montana counties, asking the Montana Supreme Court to issue an emergency order curtailing a tax revolt that has many county commissions refusing to collect the full amount of the state’s “95 mill” school equalization property tax.

Man accused of exposing himself at youth fields sent to prison | Daily Inter Lake
David Scott Whitford, 26, saw his suspended 10-year prison sentence revoked in Flathead County District Court on Aug. 3. He admitted to violations of the terms of his suspended sentence before Judge Robert Allison that same day.

Woman Confronts Staff at Whole Foods for Playing Tool Song, Calls It “Death Metal”
“I work at Whole Foods, where we play an admirably ecclectic array of music. On any given day you’ll hear reggae, rock, country, pop, new wave, indie, and yes, the ocassional ‘heavy’ tune. Today 46&2 came on and a middle-aged woman approached me with an upset look on her face. She said ‘What is this? The world is too angry for such angry music. I don’t think it should be played in a supermarket. Who enjoys this?’ To which I replied, ‘Oh this is a band called Tool, they’re pretty talented and their singer is misunderstood. They actually have plenty of positive messages in their music. You just have to look past the yelling and read the lyrics. But if you’d like to address your concern I’d be happy to show you the customer service counter.’ To that she paused and then smiled and just said ‘well I just don’t think you should be playing death metal in a grocery store.'”

Topeka and Lawrence are ready to 'City Swap'
Groups from both cities are looking for ways to improve the region as a whole, leading them to team up to find solutions. Bob Ross, the senior vice president of marketing and communications at the Greater Topeka Partnership, said the idea is for both communities to learn about each other this week.