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This story appears in ESPN The Magazines College Football Preview issue. Subscribe today!?Out there?...? snip?...?Jim is a really big deal?...?snip snipIn here, in this chair, hes still a big deal?...?snip snip snip?...?we just dont treat him like one ... we treat him like Jim.snipBill Stolberg is talking, snipping, smiling, just as he has for the past four decades, holding court in the flatiron-shaped building at the crossroads of the University of Michigan campus. Hes talking about Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, whose haircut is crafted within this very Barbicide-anointed shrine, the State Street Barber Shop.He just comes in and sits right there, says Stolberg, pointing to the window seat. I dont know when hes coming. I dont make a big deal out of it when he does. He reads the newspaper, and we talk about anything but football?...?unless, of course, he wants to talk football. But I dont think thats why he comes here. He comes here to just feel like a regular guy for a few minutes. There arent many places in this town where he can do that.There arent many places in any college town where a headliner football coach can do that. Players come and go. The coach is the biggest star, and everywhere he goes, hes on the job. Every grocery run includes free recruiting tips from dads picking up milk. The oil-change tech has suggestions on how to defend the spread. Every sandwich comes with a side of Coach, can we take a selfie? And so it is that big-time coaches face the eternal search for an oasis, be it on a lake, in a corner booth, under a car, anyplace theyll be mostly left alone -- even if said refuge is covered in hair clippings. Heres your exclusive tour of the nations coaching hideouts.Can you hear him now? No? Good. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora finds a cloak of invisibility beneath his beloved 64 Corvette. Its a funny thing. When Im working on my Vette, my cellphone doesnt seem to work all that great, he says.Walking in a briar patchWhen he arrived at Washington State in 2011, Mike Leach took up walking to and from the office, usually even in winter. The trek takes him 40-55 minutes, including a 10-15 minute hike through a field of garbanzo beans that leaves his socks covered in burrs. Its also good exercise, Leach once noted: Two birds, one stone.Dead turkeys dont offer game plansFlorida States Jimbo Fisher wanders into the woods of southern Georgia to hunt turkeys. Says Fisher: I have yet to have a turkey tell me what I should do to stop Deshaun Watson.A 3-iron and a bucket of ballsFor Bob Stoops, entering his 18th season at Oklahoma, sanctuary is the far end of the university golf course driving range. In the offseason, he might sneak in nine holes before anyone notices the most famous Sooner is going for the green in two. You have to go somewhere other than the film room, and you have to go somewhere where there basically isnt a football to be found.No one got between the Bear and his ham steakAt the Waysider in Tuscaloosa, Alabamas Paul Bear Bryant ate the same breakfast-ham steak and eggs-at the same table nearly every weekday morning. Back then, people wouldnt bother him. Today, 33 years after his death, people still sit in that two-seat corner table topped by the coachs bust.Take a seat at the Table of Truth Another OU legend, Barry Switzer, found peace at the Table of Truth at Othellos Italian restaurant in Norman. The eaterys owner is said to have established the table that, legend has it, will shake if you tell a lie while sitting there.The purifying waters of Lake BurtonAlabamas Nick Saban hides at Lake Burton in the northeast corner of Georgia, tooling around on his pontoon boat with wife Terry. Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss, who also has a place there, says Saban just shows up at my place on his Jet Ski. The six-time national champion explains: I have two normals. I have football normal, and I have lake normal.Overtime on relaxingFrank Beamer, just retired from Virginia Tech, says he could never relax when he was coaching so hes working overtime on relaxing now. He was reacting to a recently tweeted photo of himself, from a parody account, being pampered in a salon with the caption: [That feeling when] you give the exact same press conference for 28 years and then go get a pedicure and milkshake.Losing himself in books Now-retired legend Steve Spurrier, widely known as the most competitive coach-golfer, is also a ravenous reader who kept a huge library at home and the office, half football, half non-football.Mack Brown: the Jason Bourne of dining ESPN analyst Mack Brown found himself under constant attention during his 16 years at Texas. Eating out? Impossible. There were places in Austin that would take care of us and get us a back room, but by halfway through the meal word was out and people were lining up to ask for photos once we were done. When dinners became largely take-home, arriving at home usually meant a fan or two waiting in the driveway.Hiding in plain sightSeattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he had no such problems while leading USC from 2001 to 09. I have no idea how those guys in the South do it, Carroll says. When I was in LA, we could lose a game and I could go to dinner that night and no one would say a word. They were looking for George Clooney or someone from Friends. In Tuscaloosa or Austin, youre George Clooney or the guy from Friends.Or ... just blending inFirst-year Miami coach Mark Richt, who just spent 15 seasons burning like an ant under the magnifying glass of Athens, Georgia, says he has long found solace by retreating into normal life. Richt confesses: Theres a lot of comfort in having other parents just treat you like another dad at the ballfield.A-OK with just a VCR Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, a hard-core NASCAR fan, still has a VHS tape library of races he recorded in the 1990s. When he wants to relax, he pops in a tape from a favorite race-especially those won by Jeff Gordon.Remember me?Lake Burton, Sabans refuge, also was a hangout for longtime Georgia coach Vince Dooley. He still goes today, at age 83, but no longer has to hide. You know, a funny thing happens when you havent been coaching for a while, he says. All those places you used to go and it felt like such a hassle when everyone would bother you ... now you catch yourself going to those places and looking around, wondering, Hey, does anybody in here realize who I am?And therein lies the secret about the coaching spotlight they so?long to escape. Deep down, they dig it. Rod Carew Jersey . 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The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre.ANAHEIM, Calif. - St. Louis scored more runs than the Los Angeles Angels had allowed in their previous six games combined, and the Cardinals table-setters were responsible for driving in half of them. Jon Jay had three RBIs, including a two-run homer off centre fielder Mike Trouts glove during St. Louis seven-run second inning, and the Cardinals ended Los Angeles seven-game winning streak with a 12-2 rout on Wednesday night. Matt Carpenter, batting leadoff in front of Jay, also homered and drove in three runs to help keep the Cardinals two games behind Pittsburgh in the NL Central. "Matt Carpenter sets the tone for us, and he had a terrific game," manager Mike Matheny said. "He put together good at-bats and he doesnt give any away. It was also nice to see John Jay have some real nice at-bats. We need to get him going, and today was a real good indicator that hes on the right path. Hes been making some adjustments that are allowing him to have good at-bats, and it worked out for him today." Shelby Miller (9-6) struck out six over six innings and allowed five hits, including a two-run homer by Hank Conger in the second. The right-hander was coming off back-to-back losses against two other AL West clubs, including a 6-1 defeat last Friday at Oakland in which he lasted only 1 2-3 innings and gave up five runs. "I wouldnt say I was any fresher tonight. I mean, I threw 51 pitches in the second inning at Oakland and thats going to wear your arm down more so than going eight innings and throwing 100 pitches," Miller said. "But I felt strong, so I basically wanted to try to go deep in the ballgame. My pitch (count) rose up again, but I got some big plays behind me. "The biggest thing was just trying to get the ball down and hit the corners," Miller added. "I felt like I was on the corners — not the whole game, but more so than I had been. My fastball command was better and I felt like my curve ball was sharper. I just made that one mistake to Conger where I did that slide-step and tried to fool him with the curve, but I just hung it and left it right over the middle of the plate." Jerome Williams (5-4) was charged with seven runs, four hits and four walks in just 1 2-3 innings. The right-hander had not given up more than three bases on balls in any of his previous 17 starts. "After winning that many in a row, you almost always think youre due for a butt-kicking," Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton said. "Youd rather lose one like this than a really close one, but youve got to put it behind you." One night after the Angels scored all of their runs in the second inning of a series-opening 5-1 victory, the Cardinals sent 12 men to the plate in the second after Williams had set them down 1-2-3 in the first.dddddddddddd The seven-run rally included a two-run double by David Descalso, and a two-run homer by Jay that Trout had in his glove for an instant before it popped out as his arm made contact with the top of the fence. "The hardest play to make is when you get there at the same time as the ball," Hamilton said. "Youre moving pretty good when you get there and dont have time to really have a chance to time anything." Yadier Molina, who raised his NL-leading average to .352 after going 3 for 4 with a walk, greeted Garrett Richards with an RBI single that delivered the seventh run. The Angels got two runs back in the bottom half on Congers fifth homer after a two-out walk to Alberto Callaspo. But David Freese scored an unearned run in the Cardinals third when Richards mishandled a throw from first baseman Mark Trumbo on Carpenters two-out grounder behind the bag. St. Louis increased the margin to 10-2 in the fifth on a run-scoring, ground-rule double by Carpenter and an RBI single by Jay, who had driven in only one run in his previous 35 at-bats coming in. It was only his second game this season with three or more RBIs, the other on May 4 when he had four at Milwaukee. Carpenter ended the scoring in the eighth with his eighth homer, a solo shot off Billy Buckner. NOTES: Matheny caught Williams when they were teammates in San Francisco during the 2005 season. ... St. Louis LF Matt Holliday didnt play for the second straight night because of a pinched nerve in his neck. ... Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was named the NL pitcher of the month for June after going 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA in six starts, including a pair of complete-game 7-1 victories over San Francisco and Oakland. He is the only one on the staff this season to average at least seven innings per outing. ... Molina was back in the fifth spot in the batting order, after hitting in the two hole the previous six games and going 7 for 25 with a homer and three RBIs. ... Cardinals LF Allen Craig drew three walks in the first four innings, matching the total he had in 116 plate appearances over his previous 28 games. He has 18 this season in 338 plate appearances. ... Wednesday was the fourth anniversary of Albert Pujols 10th career grand slam with the Cardinals, which broke Stan Musials franchise record. ... Jays only other interleague home run came on June 30, 2011, at Baltimore against Brian Matusz. ... The Angels have committed 61 errors, the second-most in the AL. The Cardinals have made 34, the fewest in the NL. ... Howie Kendricks 102 hits are the most by an Angels second baseman before the All-Star break. 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