"It will require a concerted, cohesive effort by member institutions to implement the proposed solutions."
- Southern Methodist University's Gerald Turner of the Knight Commission, commenting on the release of the Presidential Task Force report this week.
The Creek remains strong in three major autumn sports as the national polls were released this week. Volleyball is, once again, the Pac-10's strongest sport as six conference teams are in the top 25 – four of them in the top 10 – while football boasts four teams in the top 25 and women's soccer places three in the top 30.
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Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, the NCAA released the Presidential Task Report and the Knight Commission recommended opposition to two proposals – to eliminate a statement from Division I philosophy that university athletic departments be "self-sustaining" and the establishment of a cap on "special admissions" for student athletes. The Commission says eliminating the statement from the philosophy will encourage universities to allocate academic funds to cover athletic department budgets and the final authority on admissions procedure should be handled by academic and admissions personnel.
The Wildcats have cleared quarterback Willie Tuitama to play in this week's game against WSU. Earlier in the year, Tuitama had suffered two concussions.
In women's soccer, Arizona was shutout by rival Arizona State to drop to 8-8-2 overall and 1-4-2 in conference play.
The Wildcats were swept Stanford and California to drop to 10-13 overall and 1-10 in conference play in volleyball.
The Sun Devils defeated Washington 26-23 in overtime to improve to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Junior safety Josh Barrett was named as the conference's defensive player of the week.
In women's hoop, the Sun Devils received a verbal commitment from forward Stephanie Wilber.
In women's soccer, Arizona State shut out rival Arizona to improve to 7-8-2 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
The Sun Devils were swept by California and Stanford to fall to 11-11 overall and 3-8 in conference play in volleyball.
The 23rd-ranked Cougars defeated UCLA, 37-15, to improve to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play. Quarterback Alex Brink was named as the conference's player of the week.
In women's hoop, the Cougars received a verbal commitment from guard Katie Grad.
Wazzu tied USC and lost to UCLA to drop to 8-6-4 overall and 3-2-2 in conference play in women's soccer.
The Cougars were swept by USC and UCLA to drop to 14-11 overall and 2-9 in conference play in volleyball.
The eighth-ranked Trojans lost to Oregon State, 33-31, to fall to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
In men's hoop, junior guard Gabe Pruitt is academically ineligible for the first semester and is expected to miss the first 10 games of the season.
In women's soccer, the 30th-ranked Women of Troy tied WSU and beat Washington to improve to 9-3-5 overall and 2-1-4 in conference play in women's soccer.
Sixth-ranked Women of Troy beat WSU but lost to Washington to move to 19-3 overall and 8-3 in conference play in volleyball.
The 22nd-ranked Ducks defeated Portland State, 55-12, to improve to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Linebacker David Paulson made an oral commitment to Oregon.
In women's hoop, the Ducks received a verbal commitment from point guard Nia Jackson.
Oregon tied California and lost to Stanford to fall to 10-6-2 overall and 4-1-2 in conference play in women's soccer.
The 24th-ranked Ducks defeated rival Oregon State to improve to 16-4 overall and 6-4 in conference play.
The Huskies lost to Arizona State, 26-23 in overtime, to drop to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
The Huskies were swept by USC and UCLA to drop to 6-12 overall and 1-6 in conference play in women's soccer.
Fourth-ranked Washington swept USC and UCLA to improve to 19-3 overall and 9-2 in conference play in volleyball. Junior outside hitter Christal Morrisson was named as the conference's player of the week.
In women's soccer, California tied Oregon and defeated Oregon State to improve to 9-4-5 overall and 2-3-3 in conference play.
The 13th-ranked Bears swept Arizona and ASU to improve to 17-5 overall and 6-5 in conference play in volleyball.
The Beavers defeated USC, 33-31, to improve to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Junior Sammie Stroughter was named as the conference's special teams player of the week.
Oregon State was swept by California and Stanford to drop to 8-8-2 overall and 1-6 in conference play in women's soccer.
In volleyball, the Beavers lost to rival Oregon to drop to 3-16 overall and 0-10 in conference play.
The Bruins lost to Wazzu, 37-15, to drop to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
In women's hoop, UCLA received verbal commitments from Christina Nzekwe and Regina Rogers.
The third-ranked Bruins swept WSU and Washington to improve to 16-2 overall and 7-0 in conference play.
Fifth-ranked UCLA beat WSU but lost to Washington to move to 22-2 overall and 9-2 in conference play in volleyball.
The 15th-ranked Cardinal swept Oregon and Oregon State to improve to 13-5-1 overall and 6-1-1 in conference play in women's soccer. Senior defender Rachel Buehler was named as the conference's player of the week.
The second-ranked Cardinal swept Arizona and ASU to improve to 19-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play in volleyball.
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