The Daily Mauling: 1.8.2020

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Hey, everybody. If you wanna ask Burns for a favour, now’s the time! He’s doped up or dying or something!

The Rock Chalkboard

Ochai Agbaji still feeling out offensive role for KU basketball
“I know I can do better,” Agbaji said. “I know I can be a lot more aggressive, but I feel like sometimes I’ll kind of play into the flow of the game and not really try to force anything. That’s when I kind of become passive. But my teammates and all that, they’re confident in me making plays aggressively, offensively, so I’m just going to stick with that.”

Bill Self: Jury still out on ESPN+, but one real negative for KU
“I know the way of the future is streaming and that sort of stuff, so maybe we’re ahead of the curve a little bit,” Self said. “You can’t look at it all as negative, but the one thing that’s a little bit more difficult is you’re not seen by recruits or recruits’ families as much nationwide because not too many people are going to pay to watch somebody play when they can just flip on a channel and watch whoever they want to play.

Kansas’ Bill Self, Ochai Agbaji preview Iowa State matchup
“They’ve had good players,” Self said. “I mean you go back in look at it, they’ve had players on certain teams where four of the five [starters] were NBA guys. … They’ve had the best personnel in our league going back, in my feeling, next to us.”

‘Due to changes’ with KU football, LB Brennon Scott decommits
Brennon Scott, a three star high school outside linebacker who was projected inside at the college level, is no longer committed to KU football. In his note announcing the news, Scott did not mention by name KU assistant Emmett Jones, who recruited him to the Jayhawks, but he did say that due “to changes in the KU [football] program” he made the decision to open up his recruitment.

Big 12 Conference sanctions Bob Huggins
“Coach Huggins’ comments following the West Virginia vs. Kansas basketball game violate the Big 12 Conference’s sportsmanship policy,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Because this is Coach Huggins’ third such incident, a public reprimand and a fine of $10,000 is appropriate.”

Bits o Chalk

Roy Williams calls UNC team ‘least gifted I’ve ever coached’
“We stunk, OK. We were not very good,” Williams said. “The crazy thing about it is, our team, and we’ve had some very gifted teams, this is not a very gifted team. It’s just not.”

Knicks’ Bobby Portis ejected after knocking Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the head
New York Knicks big man Bobby Portis was ejected in the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers for forcefully knocking Kentavious Caldwell-Pope across the head while the Lakers guard was airborne.

Sources — Giants to hire Patriots’ Joe Judge as head coach
The New York Giants are finalizing a deal for New England Patriots wide receivers coach Joe Judge to become the team’s next head coach, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs surprises his father with a house
Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was once homeless as a child, he and his four siblings sometimes living out of a car with their dad, Marty, on the north side of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Former New York Knicks coach David Fizdale says he has ‘no ill feelings’ toward team
“That’s the business we’ve chosen,” Fizdale said. “I respect those guys greatly. I miss the hell out of them. I also learned a ton from it and I was just really grateful to have that opportunity to say I was the head coach of the Knicks.”

Eraser Dust

Iran’s strikes seem intended to avoid US deaths. Here’s why that might be the case – CNN
Yet Wednesday morning’s missile strikes against al-Asad airbase and Erbil airport — both of which play host to US troops — were clearly not an act designed to kill the most Americans possible.

Glacier National Park is replacing signs that predicted its glaciers would be gone by 2020 – CNN
In 2017, the park was told by the agency that the complete melting off of the glaciers was no longer expected to take place so quickly due to changes in the forecast model, Kurzmen said. But tight maintenance budgets made it impossible for the park to immediately change the signs.

Puerto Rico in state of emergency after most powerful quake in over 100 years | World news | The Guardian
Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vázquez, declared a state of emergency and activated the national guard on Tuesday after a series of earthquakes including one of magnitude 6.4 that was the most powerful to strike the Caribbean island in 102 years.

Columbia Falls woman claims top $1M Montana Millionaire prize
“I called my husband at work and told him I think I just won the lottery,” Petero said last week when she was in Helena with her family claiming the top prize. “He hung up on me in disbelief!”

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