Pac-Tending 09-23-09

"To put [it] in simple terms, it will continue to focus on academic reform, fiscal responsibility, continued integration of athletics and academics and a continued emphasis on student-athlete well-being."
- Senior vice president and interim NCAA president Jim Isch regarding deceased president's Myles Brand's agenda.
The 2009-10 championship season continues at the Creek and the conference is again showing its strength in women's volleyball as nine teams are represented in the national poll.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, senior vice president Jim Isch was named interim president replacing Myles Brand, who succumbed to cancer last week.
In women's soccer, the Bruins defeated Missouri to improve to 6-1-1 overall on the year.
In women's soccer, USC received a verbal commitment from 2011 forward Jennifer Gonzalez.
In football, tight end Rob Gronkowski is out for the year after undergoing back surgery.
Oregon State
In volleyball, senior outside hitter Rachel Rourke was named as the conference's player of the week.
In women's golf, junior Kendra Little broke the school record with a 12-under par 207 in winning the individual title at a golf tournament in New Mexico.
In football, junior quarterback Jake Locker was named as the quarterback of the week by the Davey O'Brien Foundation.
Arizona State
In men's hoop, the Sun Devils received a verbal commitment from 7-2 Canadian center Jordan Bachynski.
In men's soccer, junior midfielder Cameron Lamming was named as the conference's player of the week.
In soccer, 28th-ranked Wazzu remained on a roll with victories over Texas and Stephen F. Austin to improve to 6-2 overall on the year.
In football, junior running back James Montgomery is out for the season after undergoing surgery for acute compartment syndrome and Wazzu received verbal commitments from defensive back Tyrone Duckett and receiver Bobby Ratliff.
In football, junior running back Jahvid Best was named as the conference's offensive player of the week.
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