July 1, 2009

Pac-Tending 07-01-09



"As the committee continues to hone its message regarding how it views the season, parsing a particular segment of games and implying it had greater weight than others seemed misleading and inconsistent."

- NCAA Division I men's basketball committee chairman and SEC conference commissioner Mike Slive commenting on the selection committee's elimination of a team's results in its final 12 games of the season as a criteria for the selection committee to consider in picking the 34 at-large teams for the post-season tournament.



Championship season is over at the Creek and the Pac-10 officially leads all conferences by capturing 11 NCAA titles in the 2008-09 athletic year - more than doubling the next-nearest contending conference.

Arizona swimmer Lacey Nymeyer was named as the conference's Woman of the Year.

The updated 2008-09 Director's Cup standings were released and 14-time defending champ Stanford officially clinched their 15th consecutive title while the Pac-10 placed eight schools in the Top 25.

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the last 12 games in a men's basketball team's season has been eliminated as a criteria for selecting the 34 at-large teams in the annual men's post-season basketball tournament.





Stanford

In men's swimming, the Cardinal have landed the nation's top recruiting class according to Collegeswimming.com.



Oregon State

In men's soccer, the Beavers named Northern Illinois men's soccer head coach Steve Simmons as their new head coach.



UCLA

In baseball, freshman pitcher Trevor Bauer was named to the All-America first team by Baseball America.



WSU

In track and field, sophomore Jeshua Anderson finished fifth in the men's 400-meter hurdles and was named as CougZone Athlete of the Year while former Wazzu heptathlete Diana Pickler won the heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene.

In baseball, head coach Donnie Marbut was named as CougZone Coach of the Year.

In men's golf, Wazzu senior-to-be Austin Hurt won the Washington State Men's Amateur Championship.



Arizona

In men's hoop, the Wildcats received a verbal commitment from forward Derrick Williams.



USC

In women's hoop, Kelley Gibson and Mary Wooley were added as assistant coaches.



Oregon

In softball, Oregon high school coach Mike White was named as head coach



Arizona State

In football, the Sun Devils received a verbal commitment from receiver Randy Knust.



Washington

In men's hoop, JC forward recruit Charles Garcia was determined to be academically ineligible.



California

In track and field, Alysia Johnson finished seventh in the women's 800 meter final at the USA Track & Field Championships.





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