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Rise And Fire - Big 12 Basketball Morning Link Dump for 8/2/2011

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Holding these truths to be self-evident, we honor the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence on this date in 1776 and colonize 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.

BAYLOR BEARS - 2011-2012 Baylor Basketball Preseason Prospectus

CBS Sports - A 101-year-old woman was shot in the neck

Former Iowa State and Memphis basketball player Shawn Taggart has a 101-year-old grandmother. That's cool. She was shot in the neck this weekend when two of her grandsons (Ed. Note: neither of which were Shawn) started firing at each other. That's not cool.

Rock Chalk Talk - Expectations for Thomas Robinson in 2011-12

Manhattan Mercury - McGruder to compete in European tour

MISSOURI TIGERS - One State, One Spirit Virtual Tickets On Sale Aug. 8
Campus Corner - KC Star - Mizzou selling "virtual" tickets to benefit game in Joplin - Denmon Finalist For Team USA

Missouri Basketball's Marcus Denmon was named one of 14 finalists for the 2011 USA Basketball World University Games team on Sunday and will remain in Colorado Springs, Colo., through Aug. 7 to train with the club before it departs for China on Aug. 8.

Crimson and Cream Machine - Rotnei Clarke will not be a Sooner after all

Sharp shooter and OK native Rotnei Clarke has chosen not to transfer to the University of Oklahoma. According to, Clarke has instead chosen Brad Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs as the destination for his final year of eligibility. Clarke will have to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules.

CBS Sports - NBA scouts banned from college practices
CBS Sports - SLU coach Majerus undergoes heart procedure
ESPN (Dicky V) - Roundball Chatter
In this edition: Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma all discussed.

Lon Kruger has inherited a tough situation. Oklahoma has asked the NCAA to place its men's basketball program on two more years of probation and vacate all wins from the 2009-10 season for two major rules violations by former assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro. I know that Kruger will get the program back on track in the long run.

Rolling Stone - RZA Discusses His Role Producing 'Watch the Throne'

The best show on television is back!

h/t Splitsider


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