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West Coast Conference Reaction to Postseason Penalties Self-Imposed by Pepperdine

March 31, 2011

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference has announced the following actions following Pepperdine University's decision to self-impose postseason penalties in baseball and men's tennis for the 2010-11 academic year.

The conference will have no further public comment on the subject following these actions:

Conference Statement
"The West Coast Conference is committed to working with Pepperdine University in order to help resolve this matter and create a sustainable model of compliance with NCAA regulations in the future," West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich said. "As soon as we were aware of Pepperdine's self imposed postseason ban, it was essential that we act quickly to adjust our championship and NCAA qualifying procedures for baseball and men's tennis."

Baseball

  • Due to its self-imposed sanctions, Pepperdine is not eligible to win the WCC Championship or participate in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Pepperdine will participate in the 21-game conference schedule that begins on Friday, April 8 and all games played against the Waves will count in the conference standings.
  • In the event Pepperdine finishes in first place in the standings, the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and the conference title will be awarded to the second place finisher.
  • Pepperdine baseball student-athletes will be eligible for individual all-conference awards and statistical titles.

Men's Tennis

  • Pepperdine has withdrawn from the 2011 West Coast Conference Tennis Championships (April 21-23 in San Diego, Calif.) because of the self-imposed postseason ban. The Pepperdine women will still compete in this year's WCC Tennis Championships.
  • With the withdrawal of the Pepperdine men, the #1 seed in the men's bracket will now receive a first-round bye on Thursday, April 21 and will play the winner of the match between the #4 seed and the #5 seed in the semifinals.
  • On the second day of competition (Friday, April 22), the highest remaining seed in the consolation bracket will receive a bye directly into Saturday's fifth place match.
  • The team that loses Friday's consolation semifinal will automatically be awarded seventh place.
  • Pepperdine men's tennis student-athletes will be eligible for individual all-conference awards.