FROM PULLMAN -- We begin our WSU position previews this morning with a look at WSU's running backs. Want to know who's starting? Join the club. You won't find that after the jump, but you'll find plenty of other words to read.
Here's the link to our preview of the running backs, one group that appears pretty fluid as camp nears the midway point. We also have notes from practice last night. ... CougCenter was at practice yesterday (well, Brian Floyd was, anyway) and filed this report. ... Howie Stalwick takes a look at the (almost) new and improved Martin Stadium. ... Bud Withers was in Pullman last week, and writes this story about Mike Leach's evenhanded discipline and how it's shaping the first season of his regime. ... She was a WSU graduate, a class act and as fine of a reporter as you will ever see on television. A titan of Seattle TV news, Kathi Goertzen, who became an institution at KOMO-TV over the last 30 years, died Monday at age 54 after a long battle with brain tumors that she fought as valiantly as one could. Rest in peace, Kathi.
Around the Pac-12 (and BYU) ... Arizona wants speed, obviously, but it needs to be consistent. ... Arizona State is returning to its old training grounds thanks to help from boosters. ... A couple of Oregon receivers are making cases for more playing time. Missed this column a couple days ago about an Oregon walk-on, but it's worth your time. ... It's getting hot in Corvallis (kind of). Oregon State needs its receivers to lead. ... The nephew of Utah's coach is trying to make his own name for himself. A former walk-on will get the chance to start a few games for the Utes this year. ... A banged-up Colorado defensive back is working his way back. ... A key UCLA defensive player has been forced into retirement due to repeated concussions. ... Lane Kiffin is giving up his vote in the coaches' poll. ... A bit more about the Pac-12 Networks, which launch on Aug. 15 (more on that below). ... You won't hear Washington complaining about its schedule (not publicly, anyway). ... A sophomore linebacker is surprising for BYU.
Also, a note about the Pac-12 Networks -- if you live in Pullman and are a Time Warner customer, you'll get Pac-12 Washington on channel 242 (and in HD on 642). You'll have to subscribe to the added Sports Pass to get Pac-12 National, which will air on channel 240 and in HD on 640.
For Comcast customers in the Spokane area, you'll receive Pac-12 Washington as part of your Digital Starter package (standard programming, basically) on channel 430, and in HD on channel 628. You have to pay for the Sports and Entertainment tier to receive Pac-12 National, which will air on channel 431.
All for now.