June 6, 2007

Pac-Tending 06-06-07


"I think if we do it right, to make sure student-athletes actually have educational activities throughout their five years, which approximates the actual practice, and we do away with medical redshirting [and] actual redshirting, I don't see anything wrong with that."

- NCAA president Myles Brand, giving his stamp of approval to abolishing redshirting for football - but not necessarily for all sports.



The Creek's dominance was restored as Stanford easily captured the men's tennis national title, Washington did the same for men's rowing, Arizona is attempting to defend their softball title while Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State remain in the hunt for the baseball title and a women's track title as the NCAA championships in that sport begin this week.

The Pac-10 women's hoop tournament will be moved to USC's Galen Center beginning with the 2008-09 season [and including the 2009-10 season] and the tournament date has been pushed back to coincide with the men's hoop tournament.

The Director's Cup standings were updated and once again, Stanford is maintaining their Kung Fu grip on first place while the Pac-10 is making it a family affair by holding the top three spots and four of the five top spots.

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, Oregon State University was chosen as a regional site for the 2008 NCAA Championships in women's gymnastics and the University of Washington was selected as the host for the 2009 regionals.





USC

In women's hoop, senior Allison Jaskowiak was awarded a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA.



Oregon State

In baseball, the defending national champion Beavers defeated Rutgers, lost to Virginia, then beat the Cavaliers to advance in the NCAA baseball playoffs.



Stanford

In men's golf, Stanford won the NCAA championship - their first since 1994 and eighth overall in the sport.



UCLA

Special teams/tight ends assistant coach John Wristen is leaving to become head coach at Division II Colorado State -Pueblo.

In baseball, the Bruins defeated Pepperdine, Illinois-Chicago and Long Beach State to advance in the NCAA baseball playoffs.



Arizona

Arizona received a verbal commitment from running back Keola Antolin.

In baseball, the Wildcats beat Oral Roberts and New Orleans, but lost to Wichita State twice to drop out of the NCAA baseball playoffs.

In softball, Arizona defeated fellow conference member Washington twice to get to the Women's College World Series title series against Tennessee where they have split the first two games with the Volunteers.




California

In track and field, head coach Chris Huffins resigned, effective after this week's NCAA Championships.

In women's tennis, head coach Jan Brogan retired after 29 years as the head coach for the Bears.



Oregon

Defensive back Jackie Bates has transferred to Division I-AA Hampton.



WSU

Fox Sports will televise the football game between WSU and UCLA on October 27 in Pullman.

In men's hoop, Wazzu defeated the New Zealand Breakers in an exhibition game, 80-55, in Auckland. Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were named to the 30-player squad that will try out for the USA team that will compete at the Pan-American Games.



Arizona State

Arizona State received a verbal commitment from tight end Steven Figuero.

In men's hoop, director of basketball operations Scott Pera was promoted to assistant coach.

In baseball, the Sun Devils defeated Monmouth, UC-Riverside and Nebraska to advance in the NCAA baseball playoffs.



Washington

In softball, the Huskies lost twice to fellow conference member Arizona and were eliminated from the Women's College World Series.





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