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July 26, 2006
"We wanted to avoid the situation, if possible, of Spokane having to host three years in a row."
- NCAA Associate Director for the Men's Basketball Championship David Worlock, commenting on the recent switch between Spokane and Boise in hosting the first and second round games of the 2009 and 2010 men's tourney.
It is a new week at the Creek and that means it was time to implement a set of guidelines for cheerleading in the Pac-10. Among new safety guidelines, Pac-10 cheer squads will no longer be able to perform 2.5-person or more human pyramids, basket tosses or one-armed supports.
Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, the NCAA decided they did not want Spokane hosting three consecutive years of basketball championships and switched the 2009 men's first and second round games to Boise. Spokane will host the men's tournament in 2007, the women's tournament in 2008 and the men's again in 2010.
California has created a website for running back Marshawn Lynch's Heisman trophy campaign.
Illinois State head coach Thomas Davidson was named as the new diving coach for both men and women.
Men's freshman rowing coach Steve Todd was named as interim head coach after former head coach Fred Honebein resigned to become head men's coach at Penn.
In men's hoop, guard Collin Robinson did not have his scholarship renewed and will transfer to Cornell.
Two Sun Devil recruits, defensive lineman Jermaine Williams and defensive back Brantwon Bowser have been declared academically ineligible and will attend community colleges. Senior offensive lineman Zach Krula will miss half the season due to ankle injuries while freshman defensive lineman Zach Niusulu underwent shouldr surgery and will redshirt this season.
In men's hoop, forward Taylor Rohde gave a verbal commitment to Arizona State, selecting the Sun Devils over New Mexico.
In women's hoop, the Sun Devils received a verbal commitment from forward Stephanie Wilber.
The men's gymnastics team was named as the national academic champion for the fifth year in a row, after compiling a cumulative 3.567 team grade point average to defeat MIT [3.192].
In men's hoop, the schedule was released and Oregon's marquee game is a November 29 road game at Georgetown.
Senior Odell Howard and junior Paul Stevens, both defensive lineman, have been temporarily placed under suspension for a violation of team rules.
In women's hoop, the 2006-07 schedule was released and the marquee games will be in Kentucky, where the Cougars will face a field that includes Kentucky, Indiana and Wake Forest at the Women's Sports Foundation Classic. Wazzu opens against tourney host, Kentucky on November 10.
Redshirt freshman running back J.R. Hasty is expected to be academically ineligible for the upcoming season.
Head football coach Karl Dorrell had his contract extended through the 2010 season.
In men's hoop, top-rated recruit Kevin Love gave a verbal commitment to the Bruins while head coach Ben Howland had his contract extended through the 2013 season.
Gymnast Kate Richardson was named as the Pac-10 Woman of the Year.
Sophomore receiver Bobby McCoy is out for two months with an ankle tendon injury and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Adam Grant is out for the year with an ACL injury.
In men's hoop, guard Laval Lucas-Perry has verbally committed to Arizona.
In women's hoop, twin centers Beatrice Bofia and Suzy Bofia signed with the Wildcats, picking Arizona over Missouri.
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