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December 31, 2008

Pac-Tending 12-31-08



"We are looking for a national championship."

- California sophomore running back Jahvid Best, looking ahead to 2009 after the Bears defeated Miami in the Emerald Bowl.



The holiday season is here for the Creek as men's and women's hoop seasons reach the respective ends of their non-conference schedules and begin girding up for conference play.

The updated 2008-09 Director's Cup standings were released and 14-time defending champ Stanford maintained their usual spot at the top of the heap while three of the top five spots were taken up by Pac-10 schools.

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the financial aid hearing process may be altered to allow more time and options for student athletes who have their financial aid packages either reduced or cancelled.





Arizona

In men's hoop, freshman center Jeff Withey will transfer to Kansas.



USC

In football, fullback Stanley Havili was declared academically ineligible to play in the Rose Bowl.



WSU

In men's hoop, the Cougars lost to LSU to fall to 8-4 overall on the year.

In women's hoop, the Cougars lost to Kansas State to drop to 7-4 overall on the year.

In football, Wazzu received a verbal commitment from defensive lineman/tight end Travis Long.



Oregon

In football, the Ducks defeated Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl to finish 10-3 overall on the season.



Arizona State

In men's hoop, the Sun Devils defeated Central Connecticut State to improve to 11-1 overall on the year.



Washington

In football, the Huskies pulled their scholarship offer to offensive lineman Grant Cisneros and received a verbal commitment from defensive lineman [db]Semisi Tokolahi[/db].

In men's hoop, freshman guard Elston Turner suffered a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss this week's game against WSU in Pullman.



California

In football, California defeated Miami [Fl] in the Emerald Bowl, 24-17, to finish the year 9-4 overall.



Oregon State

In men's hoop, the Beavers defeated Seattle University to improve to 5-5 overall on the year.



UCLA

In football, defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker was hired as head coach at New Mexico State.



Stanford

In volleyball, senior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo was named as a finalist for the Honda Sports Award.





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