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June 21, 2006
"Ultimately, an institution has to want to [comply with Title IX]. There's no silver bullet. If there aren't consequences, the likelihood of change is very slim."
- Executive Director of the Women's Sports Foundation Donna Lopiano, explaining that institutions cannot be compelled to comply with Title IX but will likely find it in their best interests to do so.
Preparations for future athletic seasons are already being made at the Creek as a possible conference challenge in men's basketball is being worked on by the Pac-10 and Big 12 conferences. If successful, the games between the two conferences' teams would begin in November 2007.
Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, text messaging restrictions were recommended last week that would allow coaches to text message prospective student-athletes only between 4-8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends [according to the prospective student-athlete's local time] after September 1 of the prospect's junior year in high school.
Receiver Dwayne Jarrett was ruled ineligible and will have to re-apply for eligibility due to a living arrangement and rent agreement made with the father of former Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart last year. If the application is processed in a timely manner by the NCAA, Jarrett is not expected to miss a game. Junior receiver Whitney Lewis will transfer.
The Wildcats received verbal commitments from running back Nicholas Grigsby, quarterback Bryson Beirne, receivers David Roberts and Devin Veal and defensive lineman Hans Philipp. Head coach Mike Stoops had his contract extended to 2010.
In men's hoop, guard Mustafa Shakur will not enter the NBA Draft.
Junior Tommy Skipper was named as the conference's men's Field Athlete of the Year in track and field.
In men's hoops, sophomore guard Arron Afflalo withdrew from the NBA Draft.
In women's soccer, freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Davis is transferring to the University of Portland.
The Sun Devils' game against Colorado on September 16 will be televised nationally by TBS at 4 p.m.
In women's hoop, 6-3 center Rebecca Tobin from Glendale, verbally committed to Arizona State.
Track and field head coach Greg Kraft was named as the conference's Coach of the Year.
The Beavers received a verbal commitment from defensive lineman Kevin Frahm. Linfield [Division III] head coach Jay Locey became the new assistant coach for tight ends and running backs for the Beavers.
Oregon State lost to Miami but defeated Georgia and won a rematch with Miami to stay alive in the College World Series in Omaha.
Men's hoop head coach Ben Braun received a contract extension through 2011.
The volleyball team has embarked on an exhibition tour to China where they defeated the Beijing city collegiate champion and lost to the Chinese national collegiate champion.
Stanford's first game in their newly refurbished stadium, against Navy on September 16, will be televised by Fox Sports Bay Area at 7 p.m.
The Cougars received a verbal commitment from quarterback Kevin Lopina, who will transfer from Kansas State. Lopina will be a redshirt sophomore in 2007.
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