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May 9, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Pac-10 meetings update

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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