Three quick hits for a Thursday while you review your summer swim safety techniques:
1. Stann speaks. Straight from “The All-American” himself:
No one is more disappointed than I, meant the world to headline a UFC, seperated shoulder, rehab will start tomorrow, back asap, apologies
— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) June 6, 2012
Stann will miss his scheduled main-event middleweight fight with Hector Lombard, set for Aug. 4 in Los Angeles. The UFC’s web site now lists Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera as the main event at 205 pounds. Reports have Lombard facing Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 in July, despite the UFC newcomer’s desire to fight Michael “The Count” Bisping — not an uncommon request.
2. Big Blue vs. Navy? The Michigan Wolverines will host Air Force in an early season football contest this September (more on that later). The Wolverines sent 22 of their seniors to Southern California in May to meet with Navy SEALs. Add those together and this isn’t surprising: Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon tells AnnArbor.com that the Wolverines would love to add the Mids to their schedule. They’ve also tried to land Army for a game, Brandon said, but the schedule hurdles have proven too high so far. Key Brandon quote, regarding UM head coach Brady Hoke: “We’d like to do more with the service academies, though. Brady would, too. With Brady, if the Navy SEALs had a team, he’d want to play them too.”
That brings up many questions. Among them: Would a team of Navy SEALs run the triple option?
3. TV games, times set. After Action plans a full rundown of service academy football television coverage in plenty of time for even the most obsessive DVR-setter, but here’s some links to recent NBC, CBS and ESPN schedule releases. Highlights from the season’s first month: Navy vs. Notre Dame from Dublin on CBS, Michigan-Air Force on Sept. 8 on ABC/ESPN2 (coverage split by region) and Navy at Penn State on Sept. 15, also ABC/ESPN2.