John Bacon didn't make new friends and might've lost old ones with his book, Three and Out, which looks at the Rich Rodriguez era at Michigan.

John Bacon didn't make new friends and might've lost old ones with his book, Three and Out, which looks at the Rich Rodriguez era at Michigan.

"The main figures have made their displeasure with the book and author clear," Bacon said.

In the book due out today, he writes that former coach Lloyd Carr was the initial person connected to Michigan to call Rodriguez in December 2007, and that Carr was the first to encourage then-athletic director Bill Martin to consider hiring Rodriguez from West Virginia.

Bacon claims Carr later told his players he would sign forms allowing them to transfer in what they interpreted as "a vote of no confidence" in Rodriguez.

Carr did not respond to Bacon's interview requests for the book. Through a CBS Sports Network spokesman, Rodriguez declined to comment. Martin and current athletic director Dave Brandon also declined to comment.

• Florida quarterback John Brantley is returning to practice and is expected to play against No. 22 Georgia on Saturday.

Brantley badly sprained his right ankle against Alabama on Oct. 1 and missed the next two games.

• Virginia Tech's leading tackler Bruce Taylor needs foot surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

• University of Houston regents will meet on Thursday to authorize the school chancellor to negotiate a move to a new athletic conference.

Houston is one the teams being courted by the Big East, which is trying to expand to 12 members. The Cougars currently play in Conference USA.