Pac-Tending 02-20-08

"A main charge of the rules committee is to enhance the safety of our student-athletes."
- Bridgewater University head football coach and chairman of the NCAA football rules committee, Michael Clark, commenting on the new rule change proposals made last week.
Hoops season continues at the Creek and five Pac-10 teams – three men's team [UCLA, Stanford and Wazzu] and two women's teams [Stanford and California] are still populating the polls.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the NCAA football rules committee made several proposals, among them were proposals to more severely penalize helmet contact in tackling, prohibit so-called "horse-collar" tackling, make chop-block penalties easier to assess, institute a 40-second play clock, give the ball to the receiving team on a kickoff at the 40-yard line if the ball is kicked out of bounds, eliminate the five-yard "incidental" face-mask penalty and make all face-mask penalties and create a yardage penalty for sideline control.
Oregon State
In men's hoop, the Beavers remained winless in conference play, losing to Wazzu and Washington to fall to 6-19 overall and 0-13 in conference play with a 253 RPI.
In men's hoop, 20th-ranked Wazzu swept Oregon State and Oregon to improve to 20-5 overall and 8-5 in conference play with a 23 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Cougars defeated Oregon State but lost to Oregon to move to 4-21 overall and 1-13 in Pac-10 play with a 300 RPI.
In tennis, 44th-ranked Wazzu defeated Utah and Nevada to improve to 7-1 overall on the year.
In women's hoop, the university will host first and second-round games in the 2009 and 2010 NCAA women's basketball tournament and freshman center Jess McCormack has left the team.
In men's hoop, freshman guard Jerryd Bayless was named as the conference's player of the week.
In women's hoop, sophomore guard Marie McGee is out for the year after suffering post-concussion syndrome.
Arizona State
In men's hoop, the Sun Devils defeated Stanford but lost to California to move to 16-8 overall and 6-6 in conference play with a 73 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Trojans lost to rival UCLA to fall to 15-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play with a 35 RPI.
In women's hoop, sophomore center Jayne Appel was named as the conference's player of the week.
In men's hoop, the Bears lost to Arizona but defeated Arizona State to move to 15-9 overall and 6-7 in conference play with a 74 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Ducks beat Washington but lost to Wazzu to move to 15-10 overall and 6-7 in conference play with a 50 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Bruins beat rival USC to improve to 22-3 overall and 10-2 in conference play with a 7 RPI.
+++++++sponsored by Clark's Restaurant+++++++++
Attention COUGAR fans and well-wishers! Hoop season is here and so is the hunger. How can you afford to go one day further without some tasty morsels from Clark's Restaurant in Grays Harbor – home of the Best Hamburger in Twin Harbors for eight consecutive years. Come in for the burger, fresh homemade fries and milkshakes concocted from homemade ice cream. Go ahead, we dare you to try and pass up more than 12 varieties of hamburgers to choose from, full dinners, lunch and full breakfast served daily. Clark's Restaurant 360.538.1487. Seven miles south of Aberdeen, Washington on Highway 101. Proud supporter of CougZone. Mention this ad for a free small ice cream.