Pac-Tending 12-09-09

"It's special because it's the first [NCAA championship title] against the Bruins. All our championships in the past were against Stanford."
- USC head men's water polo coach, Jovan Vavic, after his Trojans won the NCAA title over UCLA earlier this week.
The 2009-10 championship season continues at the Creek and the conference continues to display its strength in autumn sports as two conference teams advanced to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship.
The conference announced the scholar-athletes of the year in autumn sports.
The updated 2008-09 Director's Cup standings were released and three Pac-10 schools were in the top 10 - Oregon, Washington and 15-time defending champ Stanford.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, USC claimed another championship for the conference, this time in men's water polo with a victory over rival UCLA in the championship match.
In football, the Bears will play Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl.
In football, the Wildcats will play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl.
In volleyball, the Cougars lost to Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA tournament and finished the season at 18-13 overall.
In women's hoop, the Cougars lost to Saint Mary's but defeated Wyoming to move to 3-4 overall on the season.
In men's hoop, the Cougars lost to Kansas State to fall to 6-2 overall on the year.
In football, defensive lineman Brian Price was named as the conference's defensive player of the year.
In men's hoop, senior forward Quincy Pondexter was named as the conference's player of the week.
Oregon State
In football, the Beavers will play BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.
In football, the Ducks will play Ohio State in the Granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl and head coach Chip Kelly was named as the conference's Coach of the Year.
In football, senior running back Toby Gerhart was named as the conference's offensive player of the year.
In football, USC will play Boston College in the Emerald Bowl.
Arizona State
In football, running back Ryan Bass intends to transfer.
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