Team preview: Pacific

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

There comes a time when a good team becomes a good program.

Coach Bob Thomason is hoping that time has come at Pacific.

The group of seven seniors that led the Tigers to 35 victories in 36 conference games the last two seasons, including an 18-0 Big West record in 2004-05, has departed. Five of those seniors earned all-conference honors last season, among them first-teamer Guillaume Yango and Big West Player of the Year David Doubley.

That was the team. This season, Thomason, the Big West Coach of the Year, must show he has built a program, the kind of program that can withstand the loss of a stellar senior class and still compete for a conference championship.

"The best thing we've got going is we're starting to build some tradition,'' Thomason said. "We're 35-1 the past two years in the league, and I think our kids are kind of believing in what we're doing.