"It shows the good work and management that these bowl organizers have doen to create a positive experience for the student-athletes."
- NCAA spokesman Jeff Hathaway, commenting after the NCAA officially approved for this year all of the same 32 bowl games as last year's football season.
The Creek was in the swing of things as both the men's and women's conference championships in golf are being contested this week while, with football season coming up in a few months, the Las Vegas Bowl [which takes the Pac-10's fourth or fifth place team] announced that they will be switching their game to the Saturday prior to Christmas - this year, that will be December 22.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the Division I Board of Directors will take action this week on the measure to ban text messaging between coaches and recruits and will look at a proposal regarding the maximum number of contests a student-athlete can participate in and still qualify for a hardship waiver.
Senior first baseman Dena Tyson was named as the conference's player of the week for softball.
In men's hoop, longtime associate head coach Jim Rosborough resigned rather than be re-assigned within the athletic department.
In men's golf, the Ducks were crowned as the team of the week by Golfweek magazine after their performance in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.
Running back Aundre Dean de-committed from Texas A&M and gave a verbal commitment to UCLA.
In men's hoop, sophomore forward Ryan Wright will transfer.
In men's hoop, assistant coach Jeff Reinert left to become associate head coach at Fresno State and was replaced on staff by Jerome Francis, Jr., who was most recently an assistant at Nebraska two years ago.
In baseball, the Bears took two out of three from Stanford their three-game series to improve to 21-20 overall and 5-7 in the conference.
In women's golf, the Sun Devils led by seven strokes over UCLA after the second day and are on the verge of claiming the Pac-10 championship going into today's final round at Seattle.
In softball, the Cardinal defeated San Jose State for their 30th victory on the year - improving to 30-13 overall and remaining 5-7 in Pac-10 play.
Former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain intends to transfer to USC.
In men's hoop, the Cougars signed German center-forward Fabian Boeke.
In women's hoop, junior guard Amanda DuRocher will transfer to The Master's College and former Washington head coach June Daugherty was formally announced as the new head coach at Wazzu.
In baseball, the Cougars took two out of three against Arizona and defeated Gonzaga to improve to 20-18 overall and 3-9 in conference play. Wazzu swept the weekly conference awards as sophomore pitcher Ross Humes and sophomore infielder Travis Coulter were named pitcher and player of the week, respectively, in the Pac-10.
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