* Ann Arbor News sportswriter Jim Carty's talks M football during his interview with The Big Lead.
* SI writer Austin Murphy's book, SATURDAY RULES: A Season with Trojans and Domers (and Gators and Buckeyes and Wolverines), goes on sale next week on September 4th.
According to the Amazon site and the info sent our way by the publisher, Murphy has spent many years covering both the pro and college game, but in his book, he argues that the college game captivating, fan-friendly and fun that "the corporate, clinical and hermetically sealed game they play on Sunday."
No argument here.
* Michigan swimming great, Tex Robertson, passed away. He was 98.
* UCLA has unveiled its dance team for 2007 and there's not a soccer mom in the bunch.
(HT: Bruins Nation)
* Tosu coach Jim Tressell banned girlfriends from the Buckeye training camp this season. They had always been banned from the rooms of the players during the three weeks they lived in an off-campus hotel but this year, he also banned them from the lobby.
Tight end Rory Nicol was quick to note that the rule didn't apply to married players. Uh, gee, thanks for the newsflash, Rory. Outside of BYU, I'm guess that doesn't affect too many players.
* Ohio State is cracking down on a tailgating law before home football games. According to the WKYC link above, Buckeye fans who show up at RV lots before 5 a.m. on game days won't be allowed to park. They'll be directed to the state fairgrounds. Apparently the early tailgaters interfere with parking for sporting events on Friday night and officials claim its not safe for parking attendants to work all night selling tickets to eager fans.
Folks, after hearing about the new strict enforcement, all I can say is thank God. Because if you've ever been to Columbus for a game, heaven knows that's the biggest problem around the stadium on football Saturdays. I can't tell you how many times I've returned from seeing a game in the 'Shoe and, when people ask me how it was, I regretfully have to say, "Well, the Tosu fans are the best in the land, naturally. But those motherfucking RVs make Columbus a living hell!"