"The thing that was going to give authenticity to this was getting the NBA there. If the NBA agreed to do this, then we were home free."
- Former Wazzu head men's hoop coach and current global director of basketball at Nike, George Raveling, who was one of the catalysts behind the recent efforts of the NCAA and NBA to combine efforts to streamline youth basketball.
There are only two months of Pac-10 collegiate competition left at the Creek, but it is looking good for the conference in all the remaining spring sports.
An updated version of the 2007-08 Director's Cup standings were released and once again, 13-time defending champ Stanford is well out in front while the entire Pac-10 membership is represented in the Top 101 - including eight Pac-10 schools in the Top 35.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the NCAA and NBA have combined and agreed on a five-year $50 million deal to overhaul youth basketball by creating an online community, educating athletes, educating coaches and developing a certification program, developing officials and creating a national registry of officials and establishing and maintaining a national calendar of sanctioned events.
In women's lacrosse, Oregon defeated St. Mary's to improve to 10-5 overall on the year.
In men's track and field, junior 400-meter runner Jordan Boase was named as the conference's men's outdoor track athlete of the week.
In men's hoop, head coach Trent Johnson resigned to become the head coach at LSU.
In men's hoop, freshman guard O.J. Mayo has declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft.
In softball, the top-ranked Sun Devils swept UNLV to improve to 46-3 overall on the year.
In football, offensive lineman Aleksey Lanis has left the team due to a lingering knee injury.
In football, the Wildcats received a verbal commitment from running back Kylan Butler.
In women's gymnastics, Oregon State won the NCAA West Regional to advance to next week's national championships.
In women's track, freshman sprinter Cherrelle Garrett was named as the conference's female track athlete of the week.
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