COUGARS • UPDATED: 1:20 P.M.
As usual on a Monday morning, there are only a few items to discuss, including the fall from grace of Arizona State and the rise of its archrival. For more on that on other things, read on.
• Washington State: The headline on this post was presented as a public service to those of you that have a tendency to let certain dates slip by without a second thought. You all know who you are. ... Try as I might on this Valentine's Day, I couldn't find any sweets for you Cougar fans. Sorry, everything I read out there related to WSU wasn't worth passing on, so, like a women married for 31 years to an inattentive husband – hey, I don't know any of those kind of folks – there is no surprises on the big day.
• UPDATE; Just a quick note. Former WSU running back James Montgomery, was a passenger in a car that was puled over at 3 a.m. Saturday morning for a possible DUI. In the process of the DUI arrest, police allege Montgomery tried to hide a small amount of marijuana. He was cited for possession, less than 40 grams, a misdemeanor charge. Montgomery has exhausted his football eligibility, but there had been some thought he may petition the NCAA for a sixth season, due to his injuries. At the LOI day press conference, coach Paul Wulff said there was some thought Montgomery had a better chance for a sixth year than earlier believed, but he was waiting on Montgomery before moving forward. We'll have a brief on his arrest in tomorrow's paper.
• Around the Pac-10: There is little doubt right now, which is the best team in the conference. It's Arizona. The Wildcats have just been better on the road than Washington and just as good at home. Kyle Fogg got out of his shooting – no, I will resist the urge to use the word "fog" – funk last night to lead UA past Arizona State 67-52. And guess who is next up for the Wildcats? At home. Yep, the hanging-to-fourth-place Cougars. ... It sure is easy to blast the Sun Devils right now. When you've lost 10 consecutive Pac-10 games, it really is. ... WSU is in fourth, but there's a large group of teams right on its butt heading into the week. The top six teams don't play the first day of the Pac-10 tournament, which has one little fact pointed out by Bob Clark of the Register-Guard. No team that has played on the first day has even made it to the championship game. ... Finally, next year's Apple Cup will be in Qwest Field, where the ticket prices will not be cheap.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back only if events warrant. Until later ...