The Daily Mauling: 5.19.2020

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Yeah. Another day, another box of stolen pens

The Rock Chalkboard

Big 12 eyeing mid- or late-June return to on-campus activities
Dates discussed in the Big 12 have ranged from June 1 to July 1, Bowlsby said Monday, and athletic directors are in a “good spirit of compromise” concerning a vote on when student-athletes will be allowed to return to campuses across the 10-team conference. He believes the conference’s board of presidents and chancellors are “trending more toward the middle of the month” of June.

Kansas Football: Former Player Micah Brown Interview
This week I was joined by former Kansas Jayhawks football player Micah Brown who talked about his playing career, playing under Coach Mangino and how his filmmaking career has unfolded, which includes one of ESPN’s 30 for 30.

Former KU center Greg Ostertag talks Michael Jordan, ’90s hoops
“I got lucky,” Ostertag responded in the interview. “I was just one of those guys in the right year at the right time that got to play against Michael Jordan and just really experience the greatness of what he really is, what he really was as a player.”

Kansas’ Chidera Uzo-Diribe a ‘chameleon’ on the recruiting trail
The outside linebackers coach was promoted from an analyst position back in January but has already made a substantial impact in his short time as a position coach. Uzo-Diribe was the main recruiter for KU’s newest commit, Andrew Simpson. He also played a sizable role in KU signing three-star 2020 edge rusher Clinton Anokwuru.

2021 Kansas target Enrique Cruz enjoying blossoming recruitment
To hear it from Cruz, there have been two moments that really meant a lot to him on the recruiting trail. One came when he took his junior day visit to Iowa. That, Cruz said, was the first time he really felt like he could have the chance to go play football at a high-profile college. Before then, Cruz said, he wasn’t quite sure how good he was compared to his peers from a national perspective.

KU coach Les Miles reflects on grass story, Mad Hatter nickname
“Eating grass is something that I picked up, innocently enough, when I would occasionally have to stand in right field on a baseball field,” Miles said. “There was nothing going [on] in right field. Everything was going to go to center, in the infield or left field. So what I did in right field, nobody noticed. So I’d reach down now and then and pick up just a blade of grass — not a big chunk, I’m not eating food — this is just a taste.”

Bits o Chalk

Cut-down day – Big Ben Roethlisberger makes passes, trims beard
“I’m not going to shave or cut my hair until I can throw a football again,” a then-clean-shaven Roethlisberger said. “Throw it to one of my teammates, a legit NFL pass.”

NFL testing new protective face masks with surgical or N95 material
“Back in early March, I had suggested that we should consider novel and emerging ways to handle the helmets and the face masks and the spread of the virus,” Mayer said. “And these guys, the bioengineers that we use and that the league uses — Oakley, as you may or may not know, does all the face visors for the league under contract — these guys got the bit between their teeth.”

Receivers Michael Thomas, DeVante Parker get into it over poll
The NFL on Fox’s Instagram account asked, “Which is tougher? A. Make a catch while guarded by Stephon Gilmore” or “B. Break up a pass while guarding Michael Thomas.”

LeBron James mulls role as Michael Jordan teammate – ‘My best assets work perfectly’
“Me personally, the way I play the game — team first — I feel like my best assets work perfectly with Mike,” James said in a video released Monday on Uninterrupted’s YouTube channel. “Mike is an assassin. When it comes to playing the game of basketball, scoring the way he scored the ball, [then] my ability to pass, my ability to read the game plays and plays and plays in advance.”

Michael Jordan — A history of flight
“Very early I had a personality split,” Jordan told me once. “One that was a public persona and one that was private.”

Eraser Dust

Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine though health experts question its effectiveness – CNNPolitics
President Donald Trump claimed Monday he is taking daily doses of hydroxychloroquine, a drug he’s long touted as a potential coronavirus cure even as medical experts and the US Food and Drug Administration question its efficacy and warn of potentially harmful side effects

Taiwan says it is ‘disappointed and angry’ being excluded from WHO meeting
Taiwan has been lobbying hard to join this year’s meeting as an observer after its success with containing the coronavirus outbreak. But it faced strong opposition from China, which claims Taiwan as its province with no right to its own diplomatic representation.

‘Revenge of The Sith’ Is Underrated. No, Really. – The Ringer
For all the bizarre directions of the earlier entries, with dry Trade Federation detours and a wasted Christopher Lee performance as the pointless villain Count Dooku, Revenge of the Sith was destined to fill in one of the most exciting gaps of the Star Wars mythos: Anakin’s inevitable transformation into Darth Vader. However clumsily it was set up, Anakin had to betray the Jedi Order and something had to happen with Padmé, but not until Luke and Leia were born and separated. And, of course, Chancellor Palpatine would have to finally reveal himself to be a Sith Lord—a moment that hopefully didn’t register as shocking for anyone since the prequels basically made it an open secret to everyone but the Jedi.

Daily Inter Lake
A small group of protesters gathered in front of MudMan Burgers in Columbia Falls on Sunday to rally against the restaurant’s relaunch. The group held up signs with various messages including “Workers Drug Thru Mud,” “Never Fund a Cult” and “Forced Labor = Slavery.”

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