"Maybe it wouldn't be great if, say, Florida State and Miami played in it. Neither team travels that well."
- Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen, indicating it would be okay by him if USC played somebody geographically closer to the West Coast this year in the Rose Bowl.
Everything is on course for the Stanford cross country teams - both men's and women's - to repeat as conference champions at this weekend's conference championships in Tucson. Stanford women have won the title the last nine years in a row while the Stanford men have won the crown for five consecutive years.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the men's basketball rule committee will be looking at three experimental rules this year - extending the three-point line to 20 feet, nine inches, widening the lane by one foot on each side and implementing a restricted-area arc three feet from the center of the basket. Women's basketball will extend their three-point line to 20 feet, six inches and utilize the 10-second backcourt rule.
The Sun Devils lost to Stanford, 45-35, to drop to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
The 8th-ranked Bruins defeated Oregon State, 51-28, to remain undefeated at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Quarterback Drew Olson and kicker Justin Medlock were named as offensive and special teams player of the week. UCLA received verbal commitments from California defensive back Alterraun Verner and running back Chane Moline.
The Wildcats lost to Oregon, 28-21, to fall to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in conference play. Punter Danny Baugher was lost for the season with a knee injury. Freshman Willie Tuitama was named as the starting quarterback.
The top-ranked Trojans remained undefeated with a 51-24 rout of Washington to move to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Defensive back Mozique McCurtis will redshirt. The Trojans' November 5 game against Stanford was moved to a 7 p.m. start to accommodate television coverage by TBS.
Junior libero Debora Seilhamer was named as the conference's player of the week in volleyball.
The 21st-ranked Bears defeated WSU, 42-38, to move to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
Senior defender Tyson Wahl was named as the conference's player of the week in men's soccer.
The 14th-ranked Ducks defeated Arizona, 28-21, to move to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Quarterback Kellen Clemens was lost for the season with a broken leg. Defensive lineman Nate LiaBraaten quit the team after lingering concussion injuries. Receiver Matt Bramow was charged in a misdemeanor hit-and-run incident.
The Beavers lost to UCLA, 51-28, to fall to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Oregon State received an oral commitment from Oregon offensive lineman Mau Nomani.
Oregon forward Stacey Nichols gave a verbal commitment to Oregon State in women's hoop.
Sophomore forward Whitney Goodell was named as the conference's player of the week in women's soccer.
The Cardinal defeated Arizona State, 45-35, to move to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Defensive lineman Babatunde Oshinowo was named as the conference's defensive player of the week.
Stanford received a verbal commitment from Utah shooting guard Michelle Harrison.
The Huskies lost to USC, 51-24, to drop to 1-6 overall and remain winless in conference play at 0-4. The game against Oregon State on November 5 has been moved to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate television coverage by Fox Sports. Punt returner Marlon Wood is out for the year with a broken leg.
The Cougars lost to California, 42-38, to drop to 3-4 overall and remain winless in conference play at 0-4.
In soccer, WSU lost to USC but tied 4th-ranked UCLA to move to 8-7-2 overall and 1-4-1 in conference play.
In volleyball, WSU was swept by Oregon and Oregon State to fall to 8-14 overall and 1-8 in conference play.
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