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The Mid-Morning Dump: Happy NHL Free Agency Day!

Also, the conference continues to implode, blah blah blah...

IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER New coach T.J. Otzelberger continues to pad his first class, as three-star forward Demarion Watson (Minn.) has committed to Iowa State.

NO REST FOR THE WEARY Once Watson committed, Otz and Co. wasted no time, extending their first offers for the 2023 class, including one to five-star power forward Omaha Biliew.

LOOKING WAAAYYY AHEAD In case you were eager to check out Iowa State’s Nov. 6 matchup against the Longhorns, well, here’s an early preview for you.

LOOKING ELSEWHERE? Recent commit Noble Thomas is reportedly receiving offers from other Power 5 opponents, though he has in fact re-iterated his commitment to the Cyclones saying he is still “1,000 percent committed to Iowa State.”

LET THE CHAOS BEGIN NHL Free Agency kicks off at noon EDT today, and a flurry of activity is expected. Good luck keeping up!

BILES WITHDRAWS US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from Thursday’s individual all-around competition to focus on her mental health.

GOLDEN The US women won their first gold medal in the 3-on-3 tournament on Wednesday, beating the Russian Olympic Committee 18-15.

JACKSON SIDELINED Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is not practicing due to a positive COVID-19 test. Get well soon, Lamar.