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October 8, 2008

Pac-Tending 10-08-08



"It's hard to imagine people don't know football any better than that."

- Stanford head football coach Jim Harbaugh criticizing a call made by a Pac-10 official in the team's loss to Notre Dame last week.



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

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, a proposal sponsored by the Pac-10 conference considers the possibility of student-athletes competing individually in open athletic events to accept prize money as long as the amount did not exceed the actual and necessary expenses for participation.





California

In football, the Bears received a verbal commitment from running back Dasarte Yarnway and defensive lineman Cameron Jordan and punter Bryan Anger were named as the conference's defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.



Washington

In administration, new athletic director Scott Woodward fired senior associate athletic director Marie Tuite.



Oregon

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



Oregon State

In volleyball, the 24th-ranked Beavers are nationally ranked for the first time in 12 years after a split with USC and UCLA left them 12-5 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10.



Arizona State

In football, linebacker Gerald Munns is out for the season due to "personal issues".

In men's hoop, the Sun Devils received a verbal commitment from point guard Josiah Turner.



Arizona

In baseball, the Wildcats hired former MLB Arizona Diamondbacks scout Jeff Pickler as an assistant coach.



UCLA

In men's hoop, the Bruins received a verbal commitment from Anthony Stover.



USC

In football, quarterback Mark Sanchez was named as the conference's offensive player of the week.



WSU

In football, the Cougars lost to UCLA, to fall to 0-3 in conference play and 1-5 overall.

In soccer, 25th-ranked Wazzu defeated Eastern Washington to improve to 6-2-3 overall on the year.

In volleyball, the Cougars were swept at home by California and Stanford to drop to 0-4 in conference play and 7-8 overall on the year.



Stanford

In football, Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh was reprimanded by the conference for criticizing the officiating in the team's loss to Notre Dame last week.





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