The breaking story of the day is the dismissal of Oklahoma QB Rhett Bomar. I don't imagine that'll do their preseason rankings any favors. Bomar and sophomore guard J.D. Quinn were dismissed for working at a private business and accepting "payment over an extended period of time in excess of time actually worked." If Oklahoma was an SEC team with a similar color scheme they could expect years of NCAA sanctions.
There was a fantastic story in Monday's Houston Chronicle about DeMeco Ryans and the expectations the Houston Texans have for him. Check out this quote from Texans defensive coordinator Richard Smith:
That quote should make us all feel very good about Joe Kines getting Alabama's new defense ready for the fall since we're only returning four defensive starters.
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak also had complimentary things to say about DeMeco:
Last, but not least:
Red Mountain Park is proposed park in Birmingham that would be 1,100 square acres in size (larger than NYC's Central Park.) This would be a fantastic addition to the Magic City. The park would contain 18 miles of hiking and biking trails, sports fields, lakes, an amphitheatre, etc. This park would make Birmingham the #1 city in America in green space per capita. Read on the website about the opportunities available to make this park a reality.
Former Alabama great and All-American Bobby Humphrey is one of the spokesmen for the proposed park.
Update [2006-8-2 17:3:12 by Nico]:
Don't know how I missed this one, but College Football Resource has a write up and some links about the famous 1970 USC-Alabama clash.