Florida’s athletics program has been named the winner of 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. 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,” Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley said. “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 in sixth before the start of the 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 standings with a total of 93 points.
In fact, six out of the eight teams in the College World Series had a chance to win the Capital One Cup.
“On behalf of Capital One, we’d like to congratulate the University of Florida for winning the inaugural men’s Capital One Cup,” said Bill McDonald, Capital One chief marketing officer. “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 second consecutive national title in indoor track and field.
Among the highlights from the Capital One Cup during the 2010-11 men’s season:
• Seventy-five men’s programs earned points.
• Florida placed in the top 10 in six championships: basketball, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, tennis, outdoor track and field and baseball.
• Stanford women win Capital One Cup