WSU's Montgomery has a smile on his face


It seems like we are back in the groove as far as news from around the Pac-10 is concerned. Not every team is covered, but most are, including Washington State. We have a story on James Montgomery's comeback, so read on.

• UPDATE:Well that didn't last long. After announcing a practice schedule for camp that included 8:30 a.m. practices nearly every day until school starts, Washington State's football team made an abrupt turn Tuesday and changed times. Now, all days with single practices begin at 2 p.m., including Sunday, when camp kicks off. The days with 2 p.m. practices are: Aug. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 (scrimmage), 18 and 20. Days with two practices (Aug. 13, 15, 17, 19, 21)? The first one will start at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 3:30. After school starts Aug. 23, practice time changes to 4 p.m. The Cougars also have two other scrimmages scheduled, Thursday, Aug 26 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m.

• When I was young, my mom subscribed to Reader's Digest magazine. It hung around the house long enough for me to read most of it, especially the joke segments (you are probably saying to yourself right now, "that explains his odd sense of humor"). One of the segments was called "Laughter is the best medicine," which I've come to decide is true. At least it is in James Montgomery's case. This is a young man who is quick to smile, quick to laugh. He always seems upbeat. We hope we caught that essence in our story about his comeback, a comeback we'll be watching closely when camp starts Sunday. ... Speaking of WSU running backs, old-school category, Jerome Harrison (sorry about the earlier typo) is having to prove himself again. ... Speaking of old Cougs, Dennis Erickson has no problem being on the hot seat. Some of his quotes sound real familiar. ... Speaking of laughter, James Montgomery's old coach, Jeff Tedford, wants to lighten up. ... Looking at some of the divisional alignment logistics. ... Oregon's future non-conference football schedules are undergoing a facelift, which also can be said about the school's quarterback position. ... A crucial Arizona wide receiver recruit needs to pass one test to be eligible. ... How man starters does each team have returning? Ted Miller tells you at


• That's all for this morning. We're headed to Pullman but we'll be back if events warrant. Until then ...

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