The student-athletes who put us over the top should be very proud. We get a trophy and $200,000 in scholarship funds for winning the Capital One Cup for 2013 on the men's side. But, as much as Doughnut would like us to believe otherwise, winning this trophy does not mean that we have an athletic program clicking on all cylinders.
First, the Capital One Cup has separate results for men’s sports and women’s sports, unlike the Directors’ Cup (which is the cup used to measure success for purposes of Doughnut’s incentive bonus payment).
UCLA finished 15th in the Capital One Cup for women’s sports. That is a poor result, reflecting the leaner times which we are seeing with Doughnut’s hires in previously pinnacle programs such as women’s water polo and softball.
On the men’s side, UCLA scored 92 points, beating Indiana (WTF$&^$%^$^%) and Texas A&M, each with 88 points.
Points can be earned in 19 sports.
UCLA received 60 points for finishing 1st in the final USA Today/ESPN Baseball Coaches’ Poll. We received 12 points for finishing 2nd in the final Water Polo poll. We also received 12 points for finishing 2nd in the final Tennis poll. Finally, we received 8 points for finishing 4th in the final Volleyball poll (even though our season ended in the MPSF semi-finals, not in the Final Four).
If the baseball team had finished 2nd in Omaha, we would have wound up in 9th place in the standings. Again, this is not meant to take anything away from our success in Omaha. This was a great story, and a wonderful moment for a coaching staff and a team who deserve all the credit.
The point is, however, that all is not well in Morgan Center, simply because we won this trophy. We got ZERO points in football and basketball. Louisville got the same 60 points which we got for baseball, by winning the basketball championship. Louisville went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl, but got zero points in football for the Capital One Cup, because they did not finish in the top 10 in the final poll. They also picked up 9 points for finishing 8th in the final Baseball poll after an early exit in Omaha.
But which would you rather have- (a) national championship in basketball, BCS bowl win, and a trip to Omaha, or (b) CWS trophy, a blowout loss in the Holiday Bowl and a blowout loss in the team’s first game in the NCAA’s in basketball?
The Capital One folks say no thanks to the national championship in basketball, the BCS bowl win and the trip to Omaha. I beg to differ.
You can bet that Doughnut will be puffing out his chest even more when he let’s Block know how wonderful things are with this Capital One trophy. If only Block could take the next step- "Wait? You can get scholarship funds from athletic success?" "We could get more money for the school if our football and basketball teams were consistently in the top tier?" "All the money doesn’t have to come from the medical center?"