The Daily Mauling: 3.26.2020

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The Rock Chalkboard

KU athletic director’s contract extension features $40,000 bonus for a winning football season | KUsports.com
KU football has won just nine games total in five seasons under head coaches hired by Zenger.

KU hoops signee Gethro Muscadin not concerned by NCAA situation
“There was no doubt about [my decision to commit to KU],” Muscadin affirmed in the interview. “That [situation] doesn’t have any influence on me at all.”

McDonald’s All-American Game superlatives 2020
And while there won’t be a McDonald’s All-American Game this year — like so many sporting events, it was canceled after the emergence of coronavirus — that doesn’t mean fans can’t still get to know their players who made the game a little bit better. Traditionally, 247Sports has put out a list of superlatives for the game — the phenom, best rebounder, best shot-blocker, best playmaker, etc. — and despite nixing the April 1 contest, we continued the tradition.

Paul Pierce picks his all-time Kansas basketball team
But that didn’t stop former Jayhawk star Paul Pierce, one of the greatest Kansas alum NBA players, from making his picks on NBA Countdown. And while Pierce went with a less-than-orthodox lineup, few can doubt the NBA bonafides of his selections.

Bits o Chalk

Rob Manfred says ‘nothing off table’ regarding MLB’s return
“The one thing I know for sure is baseball will be back,” Manfred said. “Whenever it’s safe to play, we’ll be back. Our fans will be back. Our players will be back. And we will be part of the recovery, the healing in this country, from this particular pandemic.

Stars around globe lend support to medical world
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James taped a message of support and gratitude for UCLA health care workers Wednesday, joining a trend of athletes finding ways to support medical staffers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eric Dickerson to speak with Rams about fans’ logo concerns
Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson has offered to be the voice of Los Angeles Rams fans who have been angry about the new team logos that were released earlier this week.

Saints’ Sean Payton says he’s ‘doing well’ after testing positive for the coronavirus
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he was “cleared” Tuesday after he tested positive for the coronavirus last week.

Source – Cowboys, Dak Prescott resume contract talks
The Dallas Cowboys have resumed contract negotiations with Dak Prescott for the first time since the team used the exclusive franchise tag on him earlier this month, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Eraser Dust

Coronavirus Stimulus Package F.A.Q.: Checks, Unemployment and More – The New York Times
The Senate relief bill would send money to Americans and greatly expand unemployment coverage.

Coronavirus: US death toll tops 1,000, with 55,000-plus cases
America’s first death was reported on Feb. 29 and the rate has spiked over the past two weeks as extreme public health measures go into effect to combat the virus. The U.S. death count eclipsed 600 on Tuesday and 900 early Wednesday before reaching 1,050 early Thursday, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard..

California sees 1 million unemployment claims in less than two weeks
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that the state has seen 1 million unemployment claims in less than two weeks as the coronavirus pandemic has led to businesses being shut down across the state.

Coronavirus poll shows that Americans want a national lockdown – Vox
New polling also suggests that Trump’s desire to end this period of quarantines and sheltering in place is out of step with the public’s wishes. In a poll by Morning Consult taken March 20 to 22, a plurality of Americans said they strongly support a “national quarantine,” and nearly three-quarters of Americans express at least some support for the idea.

GM, Ford, And Fiat Chrysler Plants Will Be Shut Down Even Longer
When Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler first announced last week they would be idling plants to help contain coronavirus, they all earmarked March 30 as the day they might bring the workers back. This week, they reportedly decided that wasn’t happening.

Daily Inter Lake
Point of Rocks Restaurant and Lounge, located about 28 miles north of Whitefish on U.S. 93, burned to the ground after catching fire sometime Tuesday afternoon.

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