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May 31, 2006
"It's always good to get the first one under your belt."
- Arizona softball head coach Mike Candrea after disposing of another opponent in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.
There was a continuation of joy last week at the Creek as the Pac-10 was once again prominent. California defended their national title in women's rowing, Stanford won their 15th NCAA title in women's tennis, four teams were sent to the NCAA baseball playoffs and all seven teams in the softball tourney advanced past the first round.
Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, the replay system used in football last season will be tweaked to add a coach's challenge. Each team will be allowed one challenge opportunity per game, provided they have a timeout available. If the challenge is successful, the timeout will be retained, if not successful, the timeout will be charged to the team. Also, halftimes will be 20 minutes but may be shortened or lengthened by mutual consent.
The organization's lawyers put their feet down on Liberty Mutual Insurance Company after the company's unauthorized usage of the term "March Madness" in a recent print ad campaign. The company acknowledged the violation and agreed to a cease and desist order.
UCLA will play UC-Irvine in the first game of an NCAA baseball regional.
The Bruins defeated Missouri State, Long Beach State and San Diego State in the NCAA regional in softball, then defeated South Florida twice in the super-regional to advance to the Women's College World Series, where they will play Tennessee in their first game.
Junior tennis athlete Benjamin Kohlloeffel won the NCAA men's singles title.
In men's hoop, former Stanford guard Tim Morris has elected to sit out a year and transfer to Washington.
The Huskies defeated Southern Utah and Kansas twice in the NCAA regional, then lost to Texas twice in the super-regional.
A Ducks' defensive back recruit, Marvin Johnson was charged with a sex crime. Freshman receiver Derrick Jones will be eligible to play next season. JC transfer tight end Ryan Mattice signed an aid agreement with the Ducks.
In men's hoop, junior power forward Ivan Johnson was dismissed from the team and replaced by JC transfer power forward Frantz Dorsainvil.
Arizona State will play Baylor in the first game of an NCAA baseball regional.
In men's hoop, Arizona State inked assistant coach Dedrique Taylor from Nevada.
The Sun Devils defeated Long Island, Hofstra and Penn State in the NCAA softball regional then defeated Florida State twice in the super regional to move on to the Women's College World Series where they will play Texas in their first game.
The Bears defeated Illinois State and Nebraska twice in the NCAA softball regional, then lost to fellow conference member Oregon State in the super regional.
Sophomore tennis athlete Suzi Babos won the NCAA women's singles title.
Senior hurdler Virginia Powell tied the NCAA record in the 100-meter high hurdles at the NCAA West regional. Powell ran a 12.61 which ties the record she had co-held with Gail Devers.
Stanford received a verbal commitment from quarterback L.D. Crow.
In men's hoop, University of San Francisco point guard Drew Shiller has transferred to Stanford.
Stanford will play North Carolina State in the first game of an NCAA baseball regional.
The Cardinal defeated Tulsa, Cal-State Fullerton and Fresno State twice in the NCAA softball regional, then lost to Alabama in the super regional.
JC transfer receiver Shane Morales signed an aid agreement with the beavers.
Oregon State will play Wright State in the first game of an NCAA baseball regional.
Oregon State defeated Nevada and Baylor in the NCAA softball regional, then defeated fellow conference member California in the super regional to advance to the Women's College World Series where they will play another conference member, Arizona, in their first game.
The Wildcats defeated Marist, Ohio State and Auburn in the NCAA softball regional, then defeated LSU in the super regional to advance to the Women's College World Series where they will play fellow conference member Oregon State in their first game.
The Cougar women's rowing team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in New Jersey - the best finish in school history.
The baseball team defeated Lewis-Clark State but lost two out of three to rival Washington and finished their season at 36-23 overall, 10-14 in conference play with a 116 RPI.
Seven Cougar track and field athletes qualified for the NCAA championship meet held in Sacramento next month.
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