Pac-Tending 12-23-09

"The current timing coincides with the conclusion of the current television contract with the NIT, as well. We have a number of opportunities to think through regarding the NIT. Does it become bigger, smaller or what other options make sense? The question is - how can these two events coexist and coincide?"
- NCAA senior vice president for basketball and business strategies Greg Shaheen about the upcoming decision regarding expansion of the current NCAA men's basketball tournament and how it might affect what the NCAA does with the NIT.
The 2009-10 championship season for winter sports has begun and Wazzu, in men's hoop and Stanford in women's hoop sit atop the conference standings as Pac-10 play nears.

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The updated 2008-09 Director's Cup standings were released and 15-time defending champ Stanford, once again, began to establish their dominance and make their run at their 16th consecutive title while seven Pac-10 teams were in the Top 50.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, proposed athletic financial aid reforms for the 2010-11 year are scheduled for discussion.
In men's hoop, the Bears lost to Kansas to drop to 6-4 overall on the year.
In men's hoop, Wazzu defeated Portland State and LSU to improve to 10-2 overall on the year with an 83 RPI.
In women's hoop, Wazzu defeated San Francisco and lost to Nevada to move to 5-6 overall on the season with a 105 RPI.
In football, Wazzu received a verbal commitment from JC offensive lineman Wade Jacobson.
In football, Oregon signed three JC players - offensive lineman Ryan Clanton, defensive lineman Isaac Remington and tight end Brandon Williams.
In football, USC and running back Joe McKnight are under are under investigation for a possible NCAA rules violation.
In men's hoop, the Cardinal lost to Texas Tech to fall to 5-6 overall on the year.
Arizona State
In baseball, Arizona was Cardinal was charged with 10 NCAA violations.
Oregon State
In football, the Beavers lost to BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.
In football, offensive lineman Jake Dean will forego his final year of eligibility and graduate in spring.
In football, Washington committed an NCAA violation when current football players paid a night club bill for recruits.
In administration, athletic director Jim Livengood left to become the new athletic director at UNLV.
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