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The Daily Mauling: 10.29.2020

Kansas football 4th-down report: K-State (2020)
At the very least, no one has ever accused Les Miles of being too conservative, a fact he reminded me of at a press conference last year when I asked him about the topic.

Film room: Kansas freshman QB Jalon Daniels showing improvement
Jalon Daniels’ game against K-State — a 55-14 loss — marked the most productive contest of his young career. The true-freshman’s numbers were far from earth-shattering, but he had plenty of promising moments that, in context, have given KU fans hope for the future.

Will Kansas football seniors come back for extra season?
“I would like the opportunity to come back,” Lopeti said. “[I’d return] just so I can get back some of these games that we lost and then elevate my game for the future. Get more film for me and try to be a better player.”

Meyer’s Mailbag: Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and more
In this edition of Meyer’s Mailbag, I look at potential Kentucky and North Carolina 2021 recruiting classes, Auburn recruiting, Jaden Hardy’s future and this year’s Tennessee squad.

In his own words: Jeff Long asks for patience with KU FB rebuild
The opening act of Wednesday’s Hawk Talk program, typically reserved for Voice of the Jayhawks Brian Hanni and whichever coach he’s joined by, featured a different guest this week. Kansas athletic director Jeff Long was on the mic for an eight-and-a-half minute monologue in which he addressed the Kansas football program in the midst of a slow start to the 2020 season.

What Could Les Miles Earn Coaching at Kansas in 2020-2021? – NCAA D1 Football Coaching Contracts
It seems to be a lack of other opportunities or the challenge of building up a program. After all, his contract isn’t too competitive with other Big 12 coaches. Here’s a deep dive into what he’s getting paid for this upcoming season to provide context.

Stephen Silas to be new head coach of Houston Rockets, sources say
The Houston Rockets are hiring Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas to become the franchise’s next head coach, sources told ESPN.

NBA Power Rankings, way-too-early edition – Next for Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and all 30 teams
The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA champions, blitzing through the bubble playoffs with a 16-5 record and finishing off the Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals.

Utah Jazz to be sold to Ryan Smith, ending Millers’ three-decade run as owners
Smith, 40, is a lifelong Utah resident and Jazz fan who built software company Qualtrics before it sold for a reported $8 billion. Smith had a long-standing relationship with the Jazz franchise, which included a philanthropic jersey patch that raised more than $25 million in recent years.

Sources – Philadelphia 76ers set to hire Daryl Morey to run operations
Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is finalizing a deal to become the Philadelphia 76ers’ new president of basketball operations, sources told ESPN.

Election 2020 – How sports owners hide political donations from players and fans
“Listen,” the owner mused, “I’m so worried about Biden’s regulations, so I’m funding as much as I can privately and confidentially to get Trump reelected. I know he’s crazy, and I hope Democrats take the House and the Senate, but then Trump can block stuff and protect us on the taxes and regulation.”

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity gets Nintendo Switch demo – Polygon
The surprise Nintendo Direct at the end of October ended with another glimpse at Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that shows off how the Breath of the Wild prequel will let you control the powerful Divine Beasts from the open-world Legend of Zelda game. It also noted that the hack-and-slash game has a playable demo that fans can download via the Nintendo Switch eShop now, and it includes the entirety of the first chapter.

Supreme Court denies GOP effort to fast-track ruling on Pennsylvania ballot deadline
The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to expedite review of a high-profile dispute over Pennsylvania’s deadline for mail-in absentee ballots, but left open the possibility of revisiting the matter after the election.

We taste test Wendy’s new fried chicken sandwich – Chicago Tribune
After sitting out for most of the fast food fried chicken sandwich wars of 2019, Wendy’s has jumped into the fray. It recently introduced a new fried chicken sandwich, which the fast food chain promises is “crispier, juicier and so packed with flavor that, upon first taste, it’ll be an instant classic.”

Google’s Sundar Pichai Wins Senate’s Section 230 Hearing
There was a big hearing in the Senate today regarding the future of online speech and the law that allows the web-as-we-know-it to function. Of the three big witnesses at the hearing, Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have expected to be in the hot seat given that his company was just slapped with an antitrust lawsuit by the DOJ. But no one even seemed to know Pichai’s name.

Salty about sweets: These are the most overrated candies
Deploying the term “overrated” on the internet is your express ticket down into the snake pit. Matters of personal taste rarely fit so neatly into a discussion of the empirical quality versus the public perception of a thing. And when we’re talking about literal taste—the kind you do with your mouth—things can get even more nebulous, so strongly are our taste buds tied to forces like memory, nostalgia, and how fresh our breath currently is. (Yes, this absolutely influences the flavor of what you’re eating.)

Here’s an apple guide we didn’t know we needed
This guide from The Daily Meal covers 15 apple varieties and their basic uses in the kitchen. Take McIntosh, for example. I see them every time I go to the store. I had no idea they were ideal for applesauce! Braeburn apples cook well, so those are the kind you want to pair with pork, apparently.

Quiz: Can You Tell a “Trump” Fridge from a “Biden” Fridge? – The New York Times
What the contents of our refrigerators say about our politics — and our assumptions.

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