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Rise And Fire - Morning Link Dump for 7/14/2011

VIVE LA FRANCE! We celebrate Bastille Day on this date and scour the web to find interesting 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 - KU men's basketball reports early-season tourneys through 2014
2011 Maui Invitational, 2012 76 Classic, 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis, 2015 College Basketball Experience then tentatively scheduled to return to the Maui Invitational in 2015
The Dagger - How close did Jason Kidd come to going to Kansas or Kentucky?

NewsOK - Lon Kruger made Florida basketball fun
SB Nation Houston - Rockets hire Kelvin Sampson and J.B. Bickerstaff

Ken Pom - Fixing opening week with ScheduleMatic
A great way of thinking from KenPom. Basically he is arguing that the college basketball season doesn't really ramp up until after the football bowl games because teams play such crappy early season schedules. With his modification, each team would play a home and road game against teams comparatively as good as them... basically to get the ball rolling and to peak the casual fan's interest earlier. If you're on this site, you probably care too much about college basketball to let a lousy game alter your view, but mainstream America usually doesn't start paying attention until conference time. Doesn't really pay attention until conference tourney time. And doesn't REALLY pay attention until March Madness. With Ken Pom's alternative, people might get interested earlier.
A Sea of Blue - NCAA Basketball Coaches: Figuring Out Who Is Earning Their Money
Burnt Orange Nation - Basketball evolving in different ecosystems: Just why are the offenses in the NBA and the NCAA so different?
ESPN College Basketball Nation Blog - NCAA catching up on texts and email?

Rolling Stone - My Morning Jacket Achieves 'Muppet Glory' with 'Our World'

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