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Bomar. Gone.

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.

DeMeco Ryans

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:

"We're really pleased with what we saw in the minicamps and offseason work. DeMeco is very knowledgeable and was obviously well-coached in college. ... We think his movement skills are perfect for the position. He's smart. He'll handle it. He upgrades the athletic ability at the position."

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:

"The kid loves to play. If you could see him in a meeting room and the way he goes about his business...he's like a seven or eight-year veteran already."
That's just fantastic. Here's hoping DeMeco can help make the Texans competitive.

Last, but not least:

The video is kind of cheesy in places, but it provides a view into the grand scope of the plan.

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.