March 9, 1988 |
The Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. is getting a new commissioner and maybe even a new name, but the big question is whether someone can break Nevada Las Vegas' stranglehold on the conference's automatic berth into the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. playoffs. The seventh-ranked Rebels have won the PCAA tournament--and the ticket into the NCAA tournament that goes with it--every year since joining the conference in 1981, and they're favored to repeat this week.
March 7, 1988 |
The Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. is considering changing its name, and the Big West and the Wild West are among the popular candidates. A committee of PCAA representatives has been working with a marketing firm on ways to help promote the conference. They enlisted the help of a media council, made up of broadcasters and sportswriters, and came to the conclusion that name recognition was a major problem.
June 4, 1988 |
The Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. will change its name to the Big West Conference on July 1, PCAA Commissioner James A. Haney announced Friday. The name change was approved by the conference's council at its spring meeting in San Diego.
November 26, 1987 |
A few million people had just switched on their television sets to watch the Final Four, the high-tech computer graphics were swirling into place and the voice-over introductions began: "It's down to four . . . Syracuse and Providence from the Big East, Indiana from the Big Ten and, from out West, the Runnin' Rebels." From out West? Nevada Las Vegas is so well recognized in college basketball that its nickname suffices. But the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn.
June 5, 1987
Jill Harrington and Brian Pajer have been selected as UC Irvine's Pacific Coast Athletic Association scholar-athletes of the year. Harrington, a junior who competes in track and cross-country, qualified for the 1987 NCAA track championships in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters. She has a 3.40 grade-point average in studio art. Pajer, a sophomore who has qualified for the NCAA finals in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke two straight seasons, has a 3.24 grade-point average in physics.
November 30, 1985
San Diego State had 20 kills and 8 blocks from outside hitter Sally Larsen, but still lost in five games to Hawaii Friday to fall out of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association women's volleyball playoffs at Stockton. Eleventh-ranked Hawaii (26-9), receiving 22 kills from Point Loma High School graduate Sue Eagye, beat the Aztecs, 15-7, 13-15, 9-15, 15-4, 15-13, in the opening round of the PCAA postseason tournament. SDSU (25-19), ranked No.