Rise And Fire - Big 12 Basketball Morning Link Dump for 8/24/2011

Still claiming it to be our favorite, we're puzzled at why the International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was not a planet, but rather a "dwarf planet," on this date in 2006 and scope the web for information on each Big 12 basketball team.
Check these links, then come back each day for updated information. If you have any links of interest, post them in the comments section or send them to me for inclusion tomorrow.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS
Topeka Capital-Journal - Paul Pierce to headline KU legends game

KANSAS ST. WILDCATS
Manhattan Mercury - Rodney McGruder paces All-Stars in loss to Georgia

MISSOURI TIGERS
Stl Post Dispatch - Internal probe at Miami may affect Mizzou's Haith
SI FanNation - Miami scandal may bite Haith

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
soonersports.com - Men's Hoops Season Tickets on Sale for $99

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
SPORTSbyBROOKS - Exclusive: Bully Gillispie Already Wrecking Tech

Since Gillispie was named Texas Tech coach four months ago, several basketball staffers have left the program. Included in those defections is well-respected Red Raider trainer Jon Murray, whose 13-year Tech tenure included the Bob and Pat Knight years. Longtime Tech basketball secretary Leslie Hartline, whose TT athletic dept. career traversed the entire Knight era at Tech, also recently walked out on Gillispie.

HERE WE GO AGAIN - BIG 12 EXPANSION AND/OR RETRACTION
ESPN College Basketball Nation - Bearded Bill Self talks realignment
Beyond The Arc - Texas A&M or not, Bill Self's not sweating Big 12′s future

OTHER BIG 12 BASKETBALL NEWS
KC Star - Perry Ellis sets up visits with KU, K-State, WSU

OTHER BASKETBALL NEWS
Rivals - Lakers forward Luke Walton joins Memphis Tigers staff during lockout
ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog - Jimmer returns to BYU to host exhibitions
CBS Sports - The JUCO effect on mid-majors
ESPN (Andy Katz) - Ex-Miami coaches in limbo at new schools

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