Pac-Tending 10-01-08

"We can't think parochially anymore. We need to think big picture."
- NCAA chairman of the Division I Championships Cabinet and San Diego State athletic director, Jeff Schemmel, addressing the travel policy and bracket changes for upcoming NCAA championships.
The championship run for the Creek continues for the Pac-10 as teams still sit at or near the top of national polls in both soccer [Stanford #2] and volleyball [USC #4].

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Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, a recommendation to increase the travel policy mileage limitation from 350 miles to 400 miles for upcoming championship events was endorsed by the championship cabinet and will consider additional recommendations, including declaring a 48-hour buffer between the time a team has been selected for participation in an NCAA championship and the time they must depart for the competition site and to limit brackets to 25% seeded teams as well as filling it out geographically.
In football, offensive lineman Chris Guarnero is out for the season with a toe injury, defensive lineman Rulon Davis is out for a month with an unspecified leg injury and running back Jahvid Best is out for a minimum of two weeks with a dislocated elbow. Punt returner Syd'Quan Thompson was named as the conference's special teams player of the week.
In football, sophomore quarterback Jake Locker will be out for at least a month after suffering a broken thumb and defensive lineman recruit DeAndre Coleman has de-committed.
In volleyball, senior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick was named as the conference's player of the week.
In volleyball, the Wildcats defeated WSU but lost to Washington to begin their conference season at 1-1 and 11-2 overall.
In football, offensive lineman Micah Reed sprained an MCL in his knee and will be out three weeks.
In football, the Cougars lost to Oregon, to fall to 0-2 in conference play and 1-4 overall.
In soccer, 26th-ranked Wazzu remained unbeaten against Gonzaga all-time and defeated Idaho to improve to 5-2-3 overall on the year and sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Parlee was named as the conference's player of the week.
In volleyball, the Cougars were swept on the road by the Arizonas to drop to 0-2 in conference play and 7-6 overall on the year.
Oregon State
In football, Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich will transfer to Oregon State and freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers and senior safety Greg Laybourn were named as the conference's players of the week on offense and defense, respectively.
In football, USC linebacker recruit, Maurice Simmons was sentenced to four years in prison for his part in a robbery.
In volleyball, the Cardinal swept Oregon and Oregon State to improve to 2-0 in conference play and 11-2 overall.
In football, defensive lineman Terrell Turner is out for up to a month with an MCL knee sprain.
Arizona State
In volleyball, the Sun Devils split with the Washington schools, defeating WSU but losing to Washington to move to 1-1 in conference play and 10-5 overall on the year.
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