Pac-Tending 04-23-08

"[The greens were] a little bit softer than we remembered. It was pretty score-able, almost like playing on your home course."
- Defending Pac-10 women's golf champion from USC, Tiffany Joh, talking about the course at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Putting, pitching and driving are in play at the Creek as both the men's and women's golf conference championships are contested this week.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, postgraduate scholarship finalists [recipients must have a 3.5 GPA] were announced and gymnast Dylan Carney from Stanford is one of the eight finalists who will vie for the $21,500 scholarship.
Oregon State
In baseball, senior outfielder Lonnie Lechelt was named as the conference's player of the week.
Arizona State
In men's hoop, assistant coach Mark Phelps was named as the new head coach at Drake.
In football, assistant coach Grady Stretz is under investigation for his role in alleged academic fraud violations committed at the University of New Mexico during his employment at UNM
In men's hoop, forward Drew Viney has left the team and the Ducks have received a verbal commitment from guard Garrett Sim.
In men's hoop, freshman center Kevin Love, sophomore guard Russell Westbrook and junior forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute have all elected to make themselves available for the NBA Draft – although Mbah a Moute has indicated he will not retain an agent.
In women's hoop, the Bruins hired Tennessee assistant coach Nikki Caldwell as their new head coach.
In volleyball, South Dakota State head coach Andrew Palileo was hired as the new head coach.
In rowing, 5th-ranked Wazzu defeated Stanford at the Stanford Invitational.
In baseball, the Cougars lost the series to Arizona to fall to 19-18 overall and 3-9 in conference play with a 26 RPI.
In tennis, 37th-ranked Wazzu defeated rival Washington to improve to 16-9 overall and 2-6 in the Pac-10.
In track and field, freshman javelin tosser Marissa Tschida was named as the Pac-10's outdoor track athlete of the week.
In track and field, junior distance runner Hari Mix was named as the conference's men's track athlete of the week.
In women's hoop, freshmen center Kali Bennett has left the team.
In track and field, junior javelin tosser Corey White was named as the conference's men's field athlete of the week while freshman distance runner Zsofia Erdelyi was named as the women's track athlete of the week in the Pac-10.
In men's hoop, the Bears released guard Garrett Sim from his verbal commitment and former Oregon State head coach Jay John was hired as an assistant coach won the NCAA West Regional to advance to next week's national championships.
In track & field, the Wildcats signed seven athletes to letters of intent, including distance ace Hannah Moen.
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