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May 3, 2006"If an individual is competing in intercollegiate athletics, he should still be a student-athlete, and that means accountability for academic work."
- Jack Evans, member of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance commenting on why the Academic Progress Rate [APR] would not endorse changes to the APR regarding student athletes who graduated early.
Another spring week at the Creek means another week of Stanford atop the Director's Cup. The latest numbers are in and 11-time winner Stanford is right where they always are - at the top of the standings with a 119-point lead over Texas and leading a six-team Pac-10 contingent in the Top 20.
Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, four new bowls were approved for the college football season this year - an extra BCS bowl to be rotated among BCS bowl sites [this year to be staged at the Fiesta Bowl site], the International Bowl in Toronto, the Birmingham Bowl in Alabama and the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. The NCAA also approved teams that get 6-6 records would be eligible for bowl games.
Also this week, the NCAA will not modify academic policies for the APR [Academic Progress Rate] to give postgraduates both retention and eligibility points if they graduate early and will establish an academic review system that will review any high school and prospect's academic credentials.
Women's gymnastics head coach Bob Levesque announced his retirement after 16 years at the helm.
Victoria Jackson set a new school record [15:49.03] in the women's 5000-meters and Aaron Aguayo set the new school record in the men's 5000 [13:40.16] last week.
Senior shot putter Sean Shields was named as the conference's men's field athlete of the week.
Women's golf qualified for the NCAA West regional next week.
The 7th-ranked varsity eight boat of Cougar crew defeated Oregon State.
In baseball, the Cougars defeated Gonzaga and took two out of three from USC to improve to 29-16 overall and 7-8 in conference play with a 119 RPI. Senior outfielder Zach McAngus was named as the conference's player of the week.
In track and field, the women defeated Washington and the men lost to the Huskies ini the Apple Cup meet. High school high jumper Jasmin Day gave a verbal commitment to WSU. Day selected Wazzu over USC, Arizona, Kansas State and Georgia Tech.
The Bruins swept the Pac-10 team golf titles - winning both the men's and women's championships last week.
Junior Suzi Fodor won the women's singles title at the Pac-10 tennis championships.
Freshman Matt Bruch won the men's singles title at the Pac-10 championships last week.
Oregon's first three football games were selected for national television broadcasts. The September 2 home game against Stanford and September 16 home game against Oklahoma will be televised by ABC while the September 9 road game against Fresno State will be televised by ESPN.
In men's hoop, the Ducks signed 6-5 guard LeKendric Longmire to a letter of intent.
Women's golf qualified for the NCAA West Regional next week.
The NCAA continues to investigate the USC football program after allegations that the family of running back Reggie Bush received extra benefits in the form of housing last year. Redshirt freshman quarterback Mark Sanchez was free on bail but still suspended from the team while he awaits a court appearance on sexual assault charges. Junior receiver Dwayne Jarrett may have to sit out part of the coming season after receiving reduced rent on an apartment he shared with fellow Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart. The remainder of the rent was compensated by Leinart's father - a potential NCAA violation.
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