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May 9, 2008 2:24 PM

Pac-10 meetings update

Posted by Bob Condotta

Like the rest of the Pac-10's coaches, UW's Lorenzo Romar spent part of this week at the conference's annual end-of-season coaches meetings.

Some thought going in the big topic might be the officiating after a year that featured a few shaky moments in that regard.

But Romar said the majority of coaches seemed happy enough with the status quo.

"I thought there would be a lot, but there wasn't a whole lot of discussion about it,'' Romar said Friday. "There's been a lot more discussion in past years than there was this time.'' Ultimately, there was nothing recommended by the coaches to the conference about officiating issues.

The recommendations the coaches did make involved the increased restrictions on the April recruiting period and the All-Conference team.

Romar said Pac-10 coaches want the conference to fight to retain the ability to go out and evaluate players at AAU and club-team tournaments on weekends.

"You can go to high schools, but you can't go to events on weekends and coaches wanted to get that back,'' Romar said. "Coaches felt that it is very cost effective --- when you have that many teams at once you can get a lot done.''

The NCAA is attempting to limit the amount of time players are away from school in April.

Romar also said the coaches recommended that the conference change the current All-Conference Team format of a five-man first team, five-man second team and five-man third team to a 10-man first team and a five-man second team.

The current format was new this year, in place of the old 10-man team, intended to recognize more players. But coaches felt there were some players who were relegated to second-team recognition by the fact that the first team was now just five players, notably UW's Jon Brockman.

"Jon should have been a first-team guy, no doubt about it,'' Romar said.

The conference will consider that proposal later.

There was also a little bit of talk about fan behavior after a few notable incidents last year, but Romar said nothing of substance was proposed for action.

WALLACE PROGRESSING: Romar also said that center Artem Wallace, continuing to recover from off-season knee surgery, is doing well. "He's starting to walk and ride a bike so he's making progress,'' Romar said.

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Posted by Ziasudra

11:19 AM, May 10, 2008

I don't think the majority of fans are happy with the officiating "status quo." Were the coaches coerced into silence?

Posted by dawgpack

11:53 AM, May 10, 2008

Pac-10 refs are just horrendous.

Posted by pdxdawg

12:21 PM, May 10, 2008

First, in regards to officiating, Pac 10 reffing is a disgrace to all of college basketball. It's inexcusable.
Anyway, about the 10 member first team theory, I think it's ridiculous. So what if there is a lot of talent in the conference. Yes, Jon had a great year. But I don't see any of the five players who did make st team that he should've been placed ahead of. The reality is if you want that honor, then you should be expected to play well enough to stand out as one of the five best players. Period. By doubling the field, you just deminish the accomplishments of the five best players who truley deserve (and earned) that recognition. Come on, this isn't grade school ball where every participant deserves some kind of equal award just so that they can feel good at the end of the year. Let's just do away with an honorable mention team while we're at it and put 15 players on the first team. Or why stop there; everyone who plays above average can have the honor. Only in the Pac 10 would something like this be proposed. We'll be the "feel good about yourself" conference.

Posted by jed

4:36 PM, May 10, 2008

Like the coaches I prefer returning to the previous format of 10 all Pac 10 players. If you want 5 additional players as second team fine. There are enough outstanding players that should be recognized each year to make this reasonable. My problem with splitting the group into three sets of five is that many years this is difficult and equally qualified players get arbitrarily split up only to make it fit the format. In other words the chance of players being slighted unfairly is greater. This year there were some guys on the second team that really were as deserving as some on the "first team". Pick the 10 best and honor them. Second team, honorable mention, honorable honorable mention, etc. means very llittle.

Posted by S

9:56 AM, May 13, 2008

Why bother having any real awards? Lets just get everyone a nice participation trophy and have a big pizza party.

Seriously having the three teams is one of the few things that the Pac-10 has done right in a while. As far as I know a team can only have five guys on the floor at the same time, so why would you have 10 guys on the first team. Yes, I realize that that may be comparing red apples to green apples but I feel I made my point.

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