Funny thing about spring in the Palouse. It was a beautiful day yesterday, warm, sunny, clear. Then the sun went down. The cold was biting. Just a warning if you are planning on coming down for spring football practice. The last few drills can be awfully cold. We have some spring thoughts – and will have a story and notes early this afternoon – along with links and other stuff, so read on.
• As we said above, we are working on our spring preview story with a goal of covering each position as the Cougars embark on their 12 practices and three scrimmages. WSU will hold workouts at 3:40 p.m. on March 25, 26, 29 and 30 along with April 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22. Saturday, April 3 will be at 9:40 a.m. The scrimmages are scheduled for April 10 and 17 at 9:40 a.m. The spring game will be at 5:30 p.m. on April 24. ... Looking over the Cougar spring depth chart, we noticed a few interesting items. We'll share one now and save the rest for later. James Montgomery won't be practicing this spring (knee and lower leg injuries) but there is a strong belief Montgomery will be able to play this fall, something that was not even a hope right after his compartment injury and subsequent surgery. He's able to do exercises with his leg no one ever expected him to do and, before his knee surgery, was running and cutting better than even he hoped. ... Check back this afternoon for more on spring. ... As I spent 14 hours in airports and airplanes Monday, then rushed around Tuesday to get down here for interviews and a baseball game (see below), missed all of Ted Miller's Cougar coverage when I linked. Sorry. But better late than to forget about it all together, so here's his main piece on WSU's goals for this spring along with some notes. Miller also has a couple of video interviews on his site, part of an outstanding package of pre-practice coverage. ... Also missed a couple of Pac-10 position previews (always love that alliteration) by Buster Sports' Nick Daschel, so here are his looks at cornerbacks and tight ends. ... Spent my night at Bailey-Brayton Field and filed this story on the Cougs' 7-5 win over Gonzaga.
• That's it for now. As I said, we'll be back this afternoon. Until then ...