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Notebook: Lance Leipold Mauls Washington

Remember, honey... we’re disobeying an unjust law here. We’re patriots, like all those people in jail.

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The Rock Chalkboard

Report: KU football gets commitment from guard Simmons - KU Sports
Simmons’ commitment follows that of Tiffin transfer Shane Bumgardner, who pledged to join the Jayhawks Tuesday. Bumgardner could slot in as KU’s new center, while Simmons will compete with the likes of Michael Ford Jr. and Kobe Baynes for playing time on the interior line.

Johnny Furphy provides spark as new starter in KU’s win over Oklahoma - KU Sports
It took all of four minutes and 26 seconds for Kansas head coach Bill Self to be pleased with his decision to start freshman Johnny Furphy during a 78-66 win over Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.

Amid Washington rumors, Leipold says he’ll be back at KU in ’24 - KU Sports
Simmering unease among Kansas fans was threatening to boil over Sunday afternoon until KU football coach Lance Leipold posted on X, “The guys come back to campus tomorrow. Can’t wait to get back to work with them in ’24!! Rock Chalk!!”

Jayhawks topple middle-of-the-pack OSU for second straight conference win - KU Sports
After staying close through the first half, Kansas faltered a bit in the first half of the third quarter, facing an 11-point deficit four minutes into the period. But the Jayhawks strapped in, led by Taiyanna Jackson, Wyvette Mayberry and Holly Kersgieter, to end the quarter with a chance to continue the comeback. Sure enough, Kansas regained the lead in the fourth quarter, where it never looked back, defeating another conference opponent in Allen Fieldhouse 70-64.

Blocked shots key to Dickinson’s bounce-back performance - KU Sports
“I’m sure they did,” KU coach Bill Self said, at the close of his postgame press conference, with a bemused smile. “I’m sure everybody called him baby Olajuwon.”

Eraser Dust

Iowa Caucuses Today: What to Watch For - The New York Times
The coldest Iowa caucuses in history arrive Monday night amid expectations that Republicans in the state will put former President Donald J. Trump on the march to a third G.O.P. presidential nomination.

Deep freeze delivers record lows to Flathead Valley | Daily Inter Lake
According to National Weather Service data, Kalispell residents awoke Saturday to a bone-chilling temperature of minus 35, smashing the previous record low for Jan. 13 of minus 24 set in 1972. En route to Saturday’s low, Kalispell also set a daily record low Friday night at minus 29.

It’s Cool That Natalie Portman Met Mark Hamill At The Golden Globes, But I Really Love That Lily Gladstone And Harrison Ford Geeked Out Over Star Wars At The Show
This whole acting journey or aspiration of mine started because I loved the Ewoks so much. So I got to tell him the whole reason [I got into show business]. … I told him that Return of the Jedi was the reason that I wanted to act, and he said, ‘Me too!’

Fans are livid after Taco Bell discontinues multiple fan-favorite items | WSYX
Specifically, it's the Chipotle Ranch Grilled Chicken Burrito and the Fiesta Veggie Burrito that fans are upset about. To make it worse, these aren't the only items leaving the menu. Joining these two items is the Beefy Melt Burrito, Chicken Chipotle Melt, and the $5 Classic Combo.

Do You Have ‘Bookshelf Wealth’? - The New York Times
A TikTok home-décor trend has irked some bibliophiles.

Taylor Swift's selfless act in front of Travis Kelce's mom that impressed everyone at Chiefs game | Marca
During the break in the game, while her beau Travis Kelce got warm in the locker room, Taylor collected trash from around the VIP suite, occupied by herself, Brittany Mahomes, Mama Kelce and Chiefs friends and family.