January 16, 2008

Pac-Tending 01-16-08

"The structure of post-season football in the Football Bowl Subdivision rests with the presidents of those institutions. The BCS has produced exciting games since it came into existence, but there may be a feeling among some presidents, though not all, that there is a need for structural changes. This is an issue that will be decided through presidential leadership."

- NCAA president Myles Brand, addressing a proposal from Georgia president Michael Adams that he should create a discussion committee to explore playoff options for Division I football.



Hoops season continues at the Creek and both men's and women's teams are found sprinkled throughout the national rankings as three teams [UCLA, Washington State and Arizona State] are in the men's Top 25 and two more [Stanford and California] are in the women's Top 25.

An updated version of the 2007-08 Director's Cup standings were released and thanks to their finish in football, California retained their lead over Pac-10 schools USC, 13-time defending champ Stanford and Oregon.

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the NCAA again rejected text-messaging for recruiting purposes and sent Adams' football post-season proposal to a task force for further study.





Oregon

In football, junior running Jonathan Stewart has elected to forego his senior year and make himself eligible for the upcoming NFL draft.



Oregon State

In men's hoop, the Beavers were swept by Stanford and California to drop to 6-10 overall and 0-4 in conference play with a 248 RPI.



California

In football, junior receiver DeSean Jackson has elected to forego his senior season and make himself eligible for the NFL draft.

In men's hoop, junior forward Theo Robertson will redshirt this season due to a lingering hip injury.

In women's hoop, junior center Ashley Walker was named as the conference's player of the week.



WSU

In men's hoop, 8th-ranked Wazzu defeated USC but lost to UCLA to move to 14-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play with a 25 RPI.

In football, the Cougars received verbal commitments from defensive linemen Jesse Sanchez and Josh Luapo and receiver Myron Beck.

In women's hoop, the Cougars lost to USC and UCLA to fall to rival Washington to drop to 3-13 overall and 0-5 in Pac-10 play with a 275 RPI. Sophomore guard Nakejia Kelly is academically ineligible for the season.

In soccer, Wazzu received verbal commitments from midfielder Lani Amack, forward Megan Chapin, defender Alison Fenter and goalkeeper Stephanie Phillips.



Washington

In men's hoop, the Huskies were swept by UCLA and USC to drop to 9-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play with a 104 RPI.



USC

In football, junior offensive lineman Chilo Rachal will forego his final year of eligibility to make himself eligible for the NFL draft.



Arizona State

In football, the Sun Devils received verbal commitments from running back Ryan Bass, tight end Toa Tuitea and linebackers Brandon Magee and Shelly Lyons.



Arizona

In football, the Wildcats received a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Vaughn Dotsy.



Stanford

In men's hoop, the Cardinal defeated Oregon State but lost to Oregon to move to 13-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play with a 39 RPI.



UCLA

In men's hoop, freshman center Kevin Love was named as the conference's player of the week.





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