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Coug meets Coug, Part II

Three days after national signing day, WSU football coach Paul Wulff was in town to tout his new recruiting class. However, he plans to redshirt a lot of those incoming players next season.

"We want to give them time to get comfortable in our system," he said.

One of Wulff's immediate priorities is getting a sixth year of eligibility for running back James Montgomery, who sat out one season after transferring from Cal and missed most of the 2009 season after suffering a life-threatening leg injury.

"We're hoping he can help," he said. "It's a question of getting things done paperwork-wise and can we get that accomplished?"

Montgomery is from the Sacramento area, where Wulff grew up and where I lived before coming to the Tri-Cities. Regarding his recruiting efforts there, Wulff said, "It's a quality area with a history of great careers." (Current pros from the Sacramento area include Lance Briggs, J.T. O'Sullivan, Austin Collie and former Seahawk Seneca Wallace.)

Sacramento and Pullman might not seem to have much in common, but Wulff said they have similar cultures. "SoCal and NorCal are a lot different," he pointed out. Sacramento has a slower pace of life, he said, and families that are considering sending their kids to WSU like Pullman's rural, "family-like" atmosphere.

Wulff is encouraged by the Martin Stadium renovation plan, especially as the Pac-10 grows to the Pac-12.

"Our facilities have to be at the highest level," he said. "We can't expect to have success otherwise. Us Cougars can't complain if our facilities can't compete."