Pac-Tending 10-10-07

"NCAA student-athletes are students first and, by and large, they are good students."
- NCAA presidentMyles Brand, speaking after last week's release of 2007 graduation rate figures revealed a 77% graduation rate across all sports and included multiple increases in various sports.
The numbers were calculated at the Creek and no matter how they were figured, they still looked good as, at the midway point of the fall sports season the conference finds themselves with sixteen teams in the national polls this week – six in volleyball and five apiece in women's soccer and football.

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Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the graduation rates were released and men's basketball showed the biggest jump from the previous report, with nearly an 8% improvement. Women's volleyball showed the next highest increase at nearly 5% and women's soccer and football each had 3.5% increases. Stanford led all Pac-10 schools with a 93% graduation rate.
In football, the top-ranked Trojans were upset by Stanford, 24-23, to drop to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
In football, receiver Anthony Boyles will reportedly be academically eligible to enroll in January.
In football, next week's October 20 game against UCLA in Berkeley will be televised by ABC.
Oregon State
In football, the Beavers beat Arizona, 31-16, to improve to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Arizona State
In football, the Sun Devils defeated WSU, 23-20, to improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Freshman kicker Thomas Weber was named as the conference's special teams player of the week.
In football, the Wildcats lost to Oregon State, 31-16, to drop to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
In football, the Cardinal defeated USC, 24-23, to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in conference play. Senior receiver Mark Bradford and junior defensive lineman Pannel Egboh were named as the conference's offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
In men's hoop, sophomore center Brook Lopez was ruled academically ineligible for the fall quarter.
In volleyball, junior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza was named as the conference's player of the week.
In football, the Cougars lost to Arizona State, 23-20, to fall to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
In men's hoop, redshirt junior Taylor Rochestie voluntarily gave up his scholarship so that WSU would have an available scholarship for recruiting. Wazzu received a verbal commitment from guards Marcus Capers and Klay Thompson.
In soccer, 27th-ranked Wazzu defeated Idaho, 4-0, to improve to 7-1-2 overall.
In volleyball, the Cougars were swept by Arizona and Arizona State to drop to 9-11 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
In volleyball, Oregon was swept by Stanford and California to drop to 14-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
In football, the Bruins lost to Notre Dame, 20-6, to fall to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Quarterback Ben Olson is out for a few weeks with a knee injury.
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