Pac-Tending 08-19-09

"We've had a couple instances where there were some hard feelings and the coaches didn't shake hands after the game. We think it is important for coaches to shake hands after the game - win lose or show - to show true sportsmanship and respect."
- AFCA executive director Grant Teaff, speaking the pre- and post-game handshake expected out of every college football coach in two weeks.
The 2009-10 championship season has begun at the Creek as two more pre-season polls were released in the Pac-10 - one for volleyball, naming Washington as the league champ, and one for women's soccer anointing Stanford as the league champ.

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Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, in collaboration with the American Football Coaches Association [AFCA], football teams are encouraged to exchange a pre-game handshake for games during the week of September 3-7.
Arizona State
In baseball, senior pitcher Josh Spence has elected to return for his senior season.
In football, Washington quarterback Jake Locker signed a deal with the California Angels.
In women's hoop, Stanford will host 2010 first and second round NCAA tournament games after they were moved from New Mexico due to unfinished construction issues.
In football, sophomore quarterback J.T. Levenseller has left the team and will transfer.
In football, junior center Kristofer O'Dowd suffered a dislocated kneecap and will be out for a month.
In volleyball, the Ducks were ranked #14 in the Volleyball Magazine pre-season poll.
In football, running back Nic Grigsby sprained his ankle last week but is expected back this week.
Oregon State
In football, Beavers' senior receiver Taylor Kavanaugh was awarded a scholarship.
In cross country, the Bears named Wisconsin assistant Ann Detmer as an assistant coach.
In football, the Bruins lost defensive lineman Jess Ward for at least two weeks due to a knee injury.
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