April 29, 2009

Pac-Tending 04-29-09

"The committee is pleased to license all 34 bowls that took place last year."

- Sun Belt conference commissioner and NCAA Football Issues committee chairman Wright Waters announcing that all 34 bowl games from last year will be played again this year - although some lost their title sponsors and there will be no new additions to the college football bowl game lineup.

It is springtime at the Creek and conference teams continue to sit at or near the top in baseball, softball, track and field and rowing this week. In addition, the Pac-10 men's golf championships are underway this week.

In men's hoop, the conference announced the pairings in next season's Big 12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series

The updated 2008-09 Director's Cup standings were released and 14-time defending champ Stanford maintained their usual spot at the top of the heap while the Pac-10 placed six schools in the Top 25.

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, all 34 bowl games from last year were licensed again for the 2009-10 season although some did lose their title sponsors and there will be no new bowl games. Also, beach [or "sand"] volleyball has been given preliminary approval to become a varsity women's sport in the 2010-11 season.


In track and field, junior decathlete Ashton Eaton and senior javelin tosser Rachel Yurkovich were named as two of the conference's four athletes of the week.


In men's hoop, Wazzu added Kansas State to the 2009-10 schedule as part of the big12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

In women's golf, the Cougars finished eighth at the Pac-10 championships.

In baseball, Wazzu split with Utah and took two out of three from USC to improve to 10-5 in conference play and 21-18 overall on the year.

In tennis, sophomore Marina Nicolas was the only Cougar able to advance to the second round at the Pac-10 championships before losing to Logan Hansen of Stanford.


In football, running back Terrance Dailey was an academic casualty while offensive lineman Allen Carroll quit the team.


In men's hoop, senior pitcher Missy Penna was named as the conference's pitcher of the week.

Arizona State

In women's golf, the Sun Devils won the Pac-10 championship.

In men's hoop, ASU signed forward Victor Rudd to a letter of intent.

In football, Michigan quarterback Steven Threet has transferred to ASU.


In softball, junior Megan Langenfeld was named as the conference's player of the week.


In baseball, senior pitcher Preston Guilmet was named as the conference's pitcher of the week.


In baseball, the Trojans lost to Wazzu two out of three times to fall to 10-8 in conference play and 21-19 overall.

Oregon State

In baseball, the Beavers lost two out of three games to UCLA to fall to 9-6 in conference play and 24-11 overall.


In track and field, sophomore Michael Coe and junior Kimyon Broom were named as two of the conference's four athletes of the week.

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