McLean, Va. (June 30, 2011) – Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), an official NCAA® Corporate Champion, today announced that the University of Florida men’s athletics program is the winner of the inaugural Capital One Cup. The school will be formally honored along with the women’s Capital One Cup winner, Stanford University, at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN on July 13, during which the Capital One Cup trophy will be presented along with a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete graduate-level scholarships. Launched in the fall of 2010, the Capital One Cup honors NCAA 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 University of 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. Thank you to Capital One and its affiliated companies for their support of intercollegiate athletics.”
Climbing from the sixth-place position that they held prior to the NCAA Men’s College World Series, the Gators advanced all the way to the championship series at the CWS, finishing second in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches’ baseball poll and securing the necessary points to claim an overall first-place finish in the men’s Capital One Cup standings with a total of 93 points. Like the women’s competition, the winner of the men’s Capital One Cup came down to the final NCAA Division I championship of the year, the NCAA Men’s College World Series, with six out of the eight qualifying teams having the chance to win the inaugural men’s Capital One Cup. The University of Virginia finished second in the final men’s Capital One Cup standings with 82 points, followed by Auburn and Texas A&M, who tied for third place, and Stanford University.
“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, including their National Championship at the indoor track and field championship, proves that every game, match and meet counts.”
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 an impressive first-place finish at the indoor track and field championship.
The final stretch of the race for the Capital One Cup took place during the spring athletics season with five sports in play to determine the champion. Highlights from the Capital One Cup during the 2010 – 2011 men’s athletics season include:
• Seventy-five men’s programs earned points
• Florida placed in the Top 10 in six championships including basketball, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, tennis, outdoor track and field and baseball
Below are the official men’s Capital One Cup final standings for the 2010 – 2011 athletics season, with only the Top 10 point earners in men’s Division I athletics listed.
Men’s Capital One Cup Final Standings
1 – Florida (93 pts)
2 – Virginia (82 pts)
3 – Auburn (70 pts)
3 – Texas A&M (70 pts)
5 – Stanford (69 pts)
6 – Cal (61 pts)
7 – Connecticut (60 pts)
7 – Eastern Washington (60 pts)
7 – South Carolina (60 pts)
10 – Ohio State (52 pts)
“All the student-athletes in the Gators’ men’s athletics program as well as their fans should be proud of this accomplishment,” said Capital One Cup Advisory Board member and former Oklahoma State baseball player, Robin Ventura. “The Capital One Cup represents commitment, dedication and hard work at all levels of the NCAA Division I competitions. Florida proved that with those three attributes they could overcome all challenges even at the last minute and move their program from sixth place to a well-deserved first place finish. Congratulations to the Florida Gators.”
The Capital One Cup men’s and women’s winners will be formally honored at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN on July 13. The men’s and women’s final standings can be found at CapitalOneCup.com/standings as well as at Facebook.com/CapitalOneCup.