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The Rock Chalkboard

College basketball rankings: Purdue remains atop first AP Top 25 poll after conference play starts
As much fun as nonconference play is, conference play is where the wheat separates from the chaff. Teams have shown their tendencies, and with coach and personnel familiarity, that lob play that worked to perfection is taken away. Teams can't use their Plan A, and conference opponents can often take away Plan B as well. That puts even more emphasis on talent and execution.

Lance Leipold feels KU's success recruiting the 2024 class is helping the Jayhawks in 2025
The Kansas football program is off to a good start in the 2025 high school recruiting class. On Sunday, the Jayhawks picked up their second commitment in the class, landing linebacker target Malachi Curvey. His pledge adds to that of David McComb, a quarterback out of Oklahoma who committed to KU in late July.

Malachi Curvey goes in-depth on his decision to pick Kansas
Malachi Curvey is a Jayhawk. The Iowa native made his verbal commitment to KU public on Sunday afternoon, ending a recruiting process that lasted about nine months. During the process that started with a KU offer in April of 2023, Curvey was able to work one-on-one with the KU staff during a camp, see a game in Lawrence and attend a junior day in December.

KJ Adams playing 'lights out' while impressing the opposition along the way
With just over a minute left to play in KU’s game against TCU on Saturday, KJ Adams put up a relatively normal shot. It didn’t fall, but he grabbed the rebound from his missed attempt rebound, giving him his 10th of the day. That put the cap on the performance that ended up being a first in the junior’s KU career. And a performance that even left TCU impressed.

Bits o Chalk

College Football Playoff: No. 1 Michigan beats No. 2 Washington 34-13 for first national title in 26 years
“It’s just such a glorious feeling. I really don’t have any more words than that," Harbaugh said after the game.

Tiger Woods confirms Nike split following 27-year partnership - PGA TOUR
Woods announced the split with Nike on social media Monday morning, ending a 27-year relationship with the apparel manufacturer.

Jim Harbaugh has his Michigan championship. So is this goodbye?
"It couldn't have gone better. It went exactly how we wanted it to go to win every game," Harbaugh said.

Grizzlies' Ja Morant to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery on Shoulder Injury | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report
The Memphis Grizzlies have announced star Ja Morant will miss the rest of the season after suffering a labral tear in his right shoulder.

Eraser Dust

Trump’s immunity appeal sends a stark message about his plans for a possible second term | CNN Politics
“Of course I was entitled, as President of the United States and Commander in Chief, to Immunity. I wasn’t campaigning, the Election was long over. I was looking for voter fraud, and finding it, which is my obligation to do, and otherwise running running our Country,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social network on Monday. “If I don’t get Immunity, then Crooked Joe Biden doesn’t get Immunity,” Trump went on to write, saying, “Joe would be ripe for Indictment.”

2023 confirmed as world's hottest year on record
Last year was about 1.48C warmer than the long-term average before humans started burning large amounts of fossil fuels, the EU's climate service says.

Kate McKinnon Felt "Ashamed" And "Embarrassed" During Her Final Days On SNL
"Telling Lorne was really hard," she said. "He knew it was coming. He was very sweet. But he has been a father figure to me, and so much more. It was just really hard — simple human emotions, not wanting to say goodbye to something you love."

Mark Hamill meets his 'Star Wars' mom Natalie Portman at the 2024 Golden Globes
“Now I have finally met my ‘mother’, thanks to the @goldenglobes,” Hamill, 72, wrote alongside a picture with Portman, 42, on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

Tax prep fees are rising because accounting is not a ‘cool’ career
Tax professionals charged an average of $218 for new clients in 2023, a 25% jump from $174 in 2021, the National Association of Tax Professionals found in its 2023 Tax Fee report. Tax pros also bumped repeat clients’ fees to $205, a 22.7% increase from $167 two years ago. This is based on the most common fee structure, where clients are charged a minimum fee plus costs based on the complexity of their return.

Taco Bell Launches New Value Menu With 10 Items Under $3
"Value has always been at the cornerstone of what we offer at Taco Bell, but we knew heading into this new year we wanted to take it to the next level,” Chief Marketing Officer Taylor Montgomery said in a statement. “As our consumers are looking for more ways to save, we're committed to expanding on our value offerings through new menu items and digital offerings that deliver quality and abundance.”

Missouri teacher slapped with rape charges after having sex with teen while using other students as 'lookouts,' boy's dad busted for allowing relationship: docs
A Missouri teacher has been charged with statutory rape for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student while other students served as “lookouts” — with the boy’s father also facing a felony charge for condoning the disturbing relationship.