Year In Review: A Look Back at the 2008-09 Campaign

July 9, 2009

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    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pacific-10 Conference continues to uphold its tradition as the 'Conference of Champions'®. Participation in the postseason was a common occurrence for the Pac-10 in 2008-09. Of the 22 sports sponsored by the Conference, 18 witnessed at least half its teams participating in NCAA or other postseason action. The men sent 63 of a possible 93 teams into the postseason (67.7 percent), while the women sent 65 of a possible 101 teams (64.4 percent).

    The Pac-10 experienced continued success in football as the league went a perfect 5-0 in bowl games, the most bowl victories for the Conference since 1997 and its first undefeated mark since 1989. A Pac-10 record-tying six teams competed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and three others competed in other postseason events. On the women's side, three teams competed in the NCAA Tournament, posting a 9-3 record in the 'Big Dance,' as each advanced to the Sweet Sixteen making it the first time since 1992 three Conference teams advanced that far.

    Without question, the Conference has dominated the softball field, winning 21 national championships in the sport since 1982. In baseball, three teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, with one team advancing as far as the NCAA College World Series championship series.

    The 2008-09 season also closed a storied chapter in the history of the Conference, as Thomas C. Hansen retired in July after a successful 26-year career as Commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference and handed over the reigns to current Commissioner Larry Scott.

     

     2008-09 PAC-10 CHAMPIONS
    MEN
    WOMEN
    Baseball: Arizona State
    Basketball: Stanford
    Basketball: Washington
    Cross Country: Washington
    Cross Country: Oregon
    Golf: Arizona State
    Football: USC
    Gymnastics: UCLA
    Golf: Washington
    Rowing: California
    Rowing: California
    Soccer: UCLA
    Swimming & Diving: Stanford
    Softball: UCLA
    Tennis: UCLA
    Tennis: USC
    Track & Field, Outdoor: Oregon
    Swimming & Diving: California
    Wrestling: Boise State
    Track & Field, Outdoor: Oregon
     
    Volleyball: Stanford

     

     2008-09 PAC-10 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
    MEN (6)
    WOMEN (6)
    Cross Country: Oregon
    Cross Country: Washington
    Gymnastics: Stanford
    Golf: Arizona State
    Indoor Track & Field: Oregon
    Rowing: Stanford
    Tennis: USC
    Softball: Washington
    Water Polo: USC
    Swimming & Diving: California
    Rowing (IRA): Washington
    Water Polo: UCLA

     

     

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