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The Morning Mix

Aug 27, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

- Mike DeCourcy has a plan that will help clean up the recruiting world, and I kinda like it. Banning “unofficial visits” lessens the likelihood of potential schemes, dubious transactions or any of a variety of NCAA violations

- Eric Angevine profiles a few of the programs holding open tryouts for walk-on players

- In the wake of ESPN’s very well done “50 in 50” series profiling the top-50 programs of the las 50 years, Big Apple Buckets tries to determine the best Metro-area school of the past half century

- The title “student-athlete” is slipping by the wayside. Any rule change that calls for a general manager to run a college team would mean the extinction of the “student-athlete” is clearly in sight

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote Monday’s #ReadoftheDay, a gripping article on Rick Majerus and the coach’s will to live. The long-time head coach announced over the weekend that he will miss the entire season because of serious reoccurring health issues

- I’m no Political Expert, but it sure does look like California legislature is trying to pass a law that would require state universities to compensate student-athletes (But again, I could be very wrong. After all, I did vote Gilbert Arenas and Clinton Portis in 2008. No, seriously, I did)

- Is Ray McCallum the most impactful player in the Horizon League? He must be, right? Wrong. Run The Floor tells us who their top-25 impact players in the Horizon League are

- Speaking of impact players, Xavier-transfer Mark Lyons has made an early one at his new home in Arizona

- Long Beach State added some “Beach” to their homecourt hardwood. Much more visually appealing than Oregon’s failed attempt at a Jackson Pollock rendering

- Were the Kansas Jayhawks overlooking the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2011-2012 National Championship game? I hope they didn’t because that would have been foolish

- This is certain to get blown out of proportion in the weeks leading up to the game: North Carolina will play at Duke on Coach-K’s birthday

- The Drexel Dragons were the final team left on the wrong side of the bubble last March. But head coach Bruiser Flint is hoping a strong non-conference schedule will help the Dragons lock up a tournament bid in 2012-2013

- How would the 2012-2013 Kentucky Wildcats squad have fared against the 2011-2012 brackets

- UConn-transfer Roscoe Smith will take a redshirt season at UNLV

- UNLV-transfer Reggie Smith is headed to Eastern Illinois 

- Charles Carmouche, formerly of Memphis and New Orleans, will transfer to LSU. The guard received a medical red shirt last year and fulfilled his graduation requirements, meaning he can transfer and not have to sit out a year

- Top South Florida recruit Waverly Austin was denied eligibility and will attempt to enroll at another university

- Top-100 forward Kris Jenkins declared for Villanova

- You may have already seen this, but in case you didn’t: Marcus Jordan was forced to pay a $250 fine for disturbing the peace, a shrage which stemmed from an altercation he got in to in July, while attending the U.S Olympic swim trials in Omaha. (What on Earth is Marcus Jordan, the son of “His Airness”, doing at the U.S. Olympic swim trials?) Seriously, Baby Jordan just can’t seem to stay out of the news. One day, somebody will write a thrilling piece about all of Marcus’ public mishaps and the parallels in his father. It will be glorious

- Coastal Carolina freshman guard Ronald Trapp injured his leg during a game of pickup hoops. That’s a crappy way to go down

- One of our friends from the other side of the planet provides a solid list of some potential breakout players that nobody is really talking about. I like the DeAndre Daniels and Nick Faust mentions

- An awesome short-film on the drive, determination and work ethic of Delaware standout sophomore Jarvis Threatt

Remember, if you find an article that is worthy of being in The Morning Mix, be sure to use the #ReadoftheDay hashtag on Twitter. 

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.