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September 24, 2008

Pac-Tending 09-24-08



"We at the national office saw some of the problems that could occur during the upcoming championships season, and we want to discuss these issues with our various committees that administer our championships."

- NCAA senior vice president for championships, Joni Comstock, addressing the changes that will need to be made for travel for upcoming NCAA championships due to increased costs of travel and reduced scheduled commercial flights.



The championship run for the Creek continues as Pac-10 teams still sit at or near the top of national polls in football [USC #1], soccer [UCLA#2] and volleyball [UCLA #4].

Also, the conference championship in cross country was changed due to a conflict in scheduling.

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, increasing travel costs have caused some concern for upcoming championship events.

In addition, the NCAA approved legislation to alter the current track and field championship qualifying system beginning in 2010, eliminating the current regional qualifying system and replacing it with a two-day, three-site setup while also reducing the number of baseball games from 56 to 52.





Arizona

In football, offensive lineman Blake Kerley is out for the season after suffering an ACL knee injury and defensive back Corey Hall was named as the conference's defensive player of the week while receiver Mike Thomas was named as the conference's special teams player of the week.



Stanford

In football, the Cardinal lost to Georgiadefeated San Jose State to improve to 2-2 overall on the year.



Arizona State

In football, the Sun Devils lost to Georgia to fall 2-2 overall on the year.



Oregon

In football, sophomore quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been cleared to play this week after suffering a concussion last week.



WSU

In football, the Cougars defeated Portland State, to improve to 1-3 overall. Redshirt senior quarterback Gary Rogers is out for the year with a cervical spine fracture and junior quarterback Kevin Lopina is out at least two weeks with a fractured disc. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marshall Lobbestael was named as the conference's offensive player of the week.

In soccer, 34th-ranked Wazzu defeated Seattle University to improve to 3-2-3 overall on the year.

In volleyball, the Cougars defeated Utah Valley to improve to 7-4 overall on the year.

In men's hoop, Wazzu received a verbal commitment from 6-9 power forward David Chadwick.



UCLA

In football, tight end Cory Harkey is out with an ankle injury.

In men's hoop, the Bruins received a verbal commitment from forward Tyler Honeycutt.



Oregon State

In volleyball, junior outside hitter Rachel Rourke was named as the conference's player of the week.



USC

In football, defensive back Shareece Wright is out for up to six weeks with a hairline fracture of one of his vertebrae.

In men's hoop, USC received a verbal commitment from guard Noel Johnson.



Washington

In administration, interim athletic director Scott Woodward was named as the school's athletic director.

In men's hoop, Washington received a verbal commitment from forward Clarence Trent.



California

In volleyball, the ninth-ranked Bears defeated Cal State-Fullerton to improve to 10-1 overall on the year.





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