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1999-00 University of Florida Athletics Year in Review

Gator Athletics Program Finishes Seventh in the Nation

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An NCAA runner-up finish by the men's basketball team and six other top-10 national finishes led the University of Florida to a seventh-place finish in the 1999-00 Sears Directors' Cup national all-sports competition.

Florida has ranked among the nation's 10 best collegiate athletic programs for 17 consecutive years. Florida and UCLA are the only schools to finish in the top 10 in national all-sports rankings every year since 1983-84.

The Sears Directors' Cup, presented annually by the nation's athletics directors, recognizes the schools with the best overall sports performances in an academic year.

Points awarded for an institution's finish in up to 20 sports determine the all-sports champion. Fielding 18 athletic teams, Florida finished seventh with 842 points. Stanford claimed the title with 1359.5 points.

In addition to the runner-up NCAA finish for the men's basketball team, six other Gator teams finished in the top 10 of their respective sports in 1999-00: Men's Tennis (T3rd), Women's Tennis (T3rd), Men's Outdoor Track & Field (4th), Men's Indoor Track & Field (T5th ), Volleyball (T5th), and Men's Swimming & Diving (9th).

Florida also captured four Southeastern Conference Championships in 1999-00, raising its total to 55 since the 1990-91 academic year, the top total among league schools over that time span. UF won SEC crowns in men's basketball, soccer, men's tennis and volleyball.

Earlier in May, for an unprecedented fifth time, the University of Florida completed a sweep of all three Southeastern Conference All-Sports titles. The Gators captured the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group SEC All-Sports title, as well as finishing first in this year's men's and women's all-sports competition. Prior to 1992, no school in SEC history had ever won both the men's and women's all-sports titles in the same academic year. Florida became the first to win all three in 1992 and has repeated the feat in 1993, 1996, 1998 and 2000. Overall, Florida won its ninth consecutive Southeastern Conference All-Sports Trophy. The Florida men's program also won its third consecutive SEC All-Sports Trophy, while the women won for the fifth time in the last six years.

Florida was also successful away from the athletic arena in 1999-00. For the third straight year, Florida boasted more than 100 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections. A total of 117 Gator student-athletes were named during the 1999-00 academic year and UF has had 1,146 Academic All-SEC honorees since 1980, tops in the league. Three UF student-athletes also earned spots on GTE Academic All-America teams in 1999-00.

In addition, in an era when the NCAA estimates 70 percent of Division I schools are losing money on intercollegiate athletics, the Gator athletic program continued to have an impact in regard to University academic programs. Since 1990, the University Athletic Association has contributed more than $18.4 million to the University to fund academic endeavors.

Florida's athletic program also serves as a focal point for the surrounding community and beyond, as 7.6 million fans have filed through the gates to attend UF sporting events over the past eight years. More than 834,000 fans attended 152 home events in Gainesville in 1999-00 and four UF athletic teams ranked in the top-10 nationally in attendance.

University of Florida student-athletes have donated many hours to the Gainesville and surrounding communities. The "Goodwill Gators" program was recognized by the National Consortium of Academics and Sports and received the 1998 Outreach and Service Award.

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