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February 2, 2006
"It's clearly a tougher conference than any of the conferences we've played against with the possible exception of the Big 12. We are on par with the Big 12."
- WSU head men's hoop coach Dick Bennett, defending the Pac-10 from getting a bad rap as a weak conference this year in men's basketball.
It was a busy week at the Creek with football letter-of-intent day this week and then having every Pac-10 team except USC ranked in the pre-season poll in softball.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, football attendance was up again in 2005 with the third-highest total since 1948 [when the NCAA began tracking attendance] and a women's longitudinal study conducted by two professors at Brooklyn College has shown that women's participation rates in NCAA sports are at an all-time high but the number of women in coaching roles is at an all-time low [42.4%].
Former starting quarterback Richard Kovalcheck has left school while another former starting quarterback - Kris Heavner has re-joined the team. Additionally, receiver Mike Jefferson and defensive back Michael Beach have transferred to Montanan State. The Wildcats will play BYU in Tucson to open the 2006 season.
In men's hoop, Arizona defeated Arizona State but lost to North Carolina to move to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in conference play with a 16 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Wildcats lost to Washington and WSU to drop to 7-14 overall and 3-8 in conference play with a 159 RPI. Sophomore Jessica Arnold will miss tonight's game with USC as a result of a concussion suffered in practice.
Receiver Michael Bumpus regained academic eligibility and enrolled in school while offensive lineman Spencer Hollison left the team in search of more playing time.
In men's hoop, the Cougars were swept by Stanford and California to drop to 9-9 overall and 2-7 in conference play with a 111 RPI.
In women's hoop, Wazzu lost to Arizona State but defeated Arizona to move to 7-13 overall and 1-10 in conference play with a 192 RPI.
In men's hoop, Stanford swept WSU and Washington to improve to 10-7 overall and 6-3 in conference play with a 91 RPI. Senior Matt Haryasz was named as the conference's player of the week.
In women's hoop, Stanford lost to UCLA but beat USC to move to 14-5 overall and 9-2 in conference play with a 16 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Sun Devils lost to Arizona to drop to 7-11 overall and 1-8 in conference play with a 193 RPI.
In women's hoop, Arizona State swept WSU and Washington to improve to 16-5 overall and 7-4 in conference play with a 10 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Huskies were swept by California and Stanford to drop to 16-4 overall and 5-4 in conference play with a 54 RPI.
In women's hoop, Washington defeated Arizona but lost to Arizona State to move to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in conference play with a 41 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Bears swept Washington and WSU to improve to 12-6 overall and 6-3 in conference play with a 72 RPI. Guard Marquise Kately has left the team and will transfer.
In women's hoop, California beat USC but lost to UCLA to move to 14-7 overall and 6-5 in conference play with a 51 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Trojans swept Oregon and Oregon State to improve to 14-6 overall and 5-4 in conference play with a 102 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Women of Troy were swept by Stanford and California to drop to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in conference play with a 50 RPI.
The Bruins hired NFL secondary coach DeWayne Walker as their new defensive coordinator while tight ends coach Jon Embree left to join the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.
In men's hoop, UCLA swept Oregon and Oregon State to improve to 17-4 overall and 7-2 in conference play with a 12 RPI.
In women's hoop, the Bruins lost to California but defeated Stanford to move to 14-6 overall and 7-4 in conference play with a 38 RPI. Junior Noelle Quinn was named as the conference's player of the week.
Safety Lamar Herron has left school and will transfer. The Beavers will open their 2006 season with a home game against Division I-AA Eastern Washington.
In men's hoop, the Beavers were swept by USC and UCLA to drop to 10-10 overall and 3-6 in conference play with a 147 RPI.
In women's hoop, Oregon State beat Oregon then lost in the rematch to move to 9-9 overall and 3-7 in conference play with a 112 RPI.
In men's hoop, the Ducks were swept by USC and UCLA to drop to 10-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play with a 157 RPI.
In women's hoop, Oregon lost to Oregon State then defeated OSU in the rematch to move to 13-7 overall and 4-6 in conference play with a 90 RPI.
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