Florida’s athletics program has earned the inaugural Capital One Cup for men’s sports.
The school will be formally honored − along with Stanford, the winner of the inaugural women’s Capital One Cup − at the ESPY Awards on July 13. At that time, the Capital One Cup trophy will be presented, along with a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete graduate-level scholarships.
The Capital One Cup was launched last fall to recognize Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports.
“On behalf of the university, our student athletes and our fans, we are honored to accept the inaugural Capital One Cup trophy and $200,000 scholarship,” said Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. “Our goal is to strive for overall athletic success, and we’re extremely proud of our men’s program winning the Capital One Cup and our women’s program placing fourth.”
The Gators stood sixth before the Men’s College World Series, but their runner-up finish there, along with their second-place finish in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches’ baseball poll, propelled them to first place in the men’s Capital One Cup standings with a total of 93 points.
Florida's runner-up finish at the Men's College World Series propelled the Gators to the Capital One Cup.
In fact, six out of the eight teams in the Men’s College World Series had a chance to win the men’s Capital One Cup.
Virginia ultimately finished second with 82 points, followed by Auburn and Texas A&M tied for third, and Stanford fourth.
“On behalf of Capital One, we’d like to congratulate the University of Florida for winning the inaugural men’s Capital One Cup,” said Capital One Chief Marketing Officer Bill McDonald. “It was exciting to see so many programs, including schools like Eastern Washington, stay in contention for the trophy throughout the year. The Gators’ performance at the CWS and at multiple other NCAA Division I championships proves that every game, match and meet count.”
The Gators rounded out the spring athletics season with Top 10 finishes in outdoor track and field, tennis and baseball. Earlier in the year, Florida made strides in the winter season with Top 10 finishes in basketball, swimming and diving, and a first-place finish at the indoor track and field championships.
Among the highlights from the Capital One Cup during the 2010-11 men’s season:
Here are the official men’s Capital One Cup final Top 10 for 2010-11:
1. Florida (93 points)
2. Virginia (82 points)
3. Auburn (70 points)
3. Texas A&M (70 points)
5. Stanford (69 points)
6. California (61 points)
7. Connecticut (60 points)
7. Eastern Washington (60 points)
7. South Carolina (60 points)
10. Ohio State (52 points)