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Rise And Fire - Big 12 Basketball Morning Link Dump for 8/25/2011

With tramps like us we celebrate the 36th anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen's epic album Born To Run and Freeze-Out 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
kusports.com - Former Jayhawk Aaron Miles Russia-bound
CBS Sports - Kansas ready for big game -- in September

KANSAS ST. WILDCATS
Rush The Court - Frank Martin Weighs In On Paying Athletes

MISSOURI TIGERS
Stl Post Dispatch - Burwell: Mizzou owes the NCAA no favors
mutigers.com - Meet Mizzou Basketball strength & conditioning coach Todor Pandov

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
NewsOK - Blake Griffin begins internship at Funny or Die
ouhoops.com - Blake Griffin and other OU greats back in Norman this weekend

Here is the latest list of players expected to be in attendance as of Wednesday afternoon according to SoonerSports.com: Ernie Abercrombie, Alvan Adams, Steve Bajema, Corey Brewer, Al Beal, Anthony Bowie, Shawn Clark, Aaron Curry, Nate Erdmann, Ebi Ere, Ted Evans, Terry Evans, Ricky Grace, Harvey Grant, Blake Griffin, Garfield Heard, Skeeter Henry, Tim Heskett, Michael Johnson, Darryl "Choo" Kennedy, Joe King, Stacey King, David Little, Longar Longar, Tony Martin, Scott Martin, James Mayden, Tim McCalister, John McCullough, Mike McCurdy, Rick McNeil, Eduardo Najera, Michael Neal, Kelley Newton, John Ontjes, Ted Owens, Lester Pace, Calvin Pierce, Brent Price, Hollis Price, Bob Pritchard, Clifford Ray, Renzi Stone, William Tisdale, Billy Tubbs, Tommy Tubbs, Bryatt Vann and Quannas White.

TEXAS LONGHORNS
Austin American Statesman - Texas hoops recruit does not qualify

Kevin Thomas, a forward who signed to play basketball for the Longhorns this season, did not qualify academically, a team official said. Thomas will play at a junior college this season, according to Gerry Hamilton of Hookem.com, the Statesman's Internet partner that covers recruiting.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
Lost Lettermen - Gillispie Wearing Out Welcome at TTU?
Ballin' Is A Habit - Billy Gillispie is on the brink of blowing his last chance

HERE WE GO AGAIN - BIG 12 EXPANSION AND/OR RETRACTION
Des Moines Register - Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard talks Texas A&M, Big 12

OTHER BASKETBALL NEWS
ESPN (Andy Katz) - They're all chasing Xavier in the Atlantic 10

RANDOM NEWS
The Onion - McDonald's Unveils New Senior Citizen PlayPlace

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