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Fall 2013 Final Directors' Cup Standings- UCLA #16

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bumped. GO BRUINS. - BN Eds.

As a refresher, there are two major grading systems which attempt to measure athletic department success across all sports. There is the Capital One Cup (not the old English League Cup, as it turns out, although it shares the name and came up 1st in Google), and the Directors' Cup. The Capital One Cup ranks teams separately for men's and women's sports, and weights championships heavily. Because of this weighting, UCLA was able to win the Capital One Cup last year for men's sports, and Doughnut was able to take his bows at the Rose Bowl (he couldn't bend much from the waist, after shoveling in 12 jelly filled during the pregame celebration, but that's another story). This year, UCLA is #19 in men's sports through the fall, with no real success stories. On the women's side, however, UCLA is looking good at #2 (behind Penn State), thanks to the women's soccer national championship. The Capital One Cup squares pretty well with how I, and I suspect a lot of people in the BN community, would measure success. Finishing 8th in every sport, and never winning a championship, would not be considered a good year. And under the Capital One Cup, it would not be a good year.

The Directors' Cup, in contrast, rewards breadth, not depth. First, there is a single ranking, which combines men's and women's sports. Each school's best rankings in up to 20 sports are included to determine that school's cumulative ranking. And there is a limit of 10 sports for men's and 10 sports for women's teams. But again, there is no such measure as the #1 Directors' Cup women's program.

Second, there is much less difference between finishing 1st and finishing 5th in the Directors' Cup than there is in the Capital One Cup. UCLA received 60 points for winning women's soccer. North Carolina received 18 points (30% of the first place points) for finishing 5th. In the Directors' Cup, UCLA received 100 points for winning women's soccer. North Carolina received 73 points (73% of the first place points) for reaching the regional finals (places 5-8 are combined to determine points in sports which have postseason brackets). As can be seen, it is much more useful to reach the postseason across the board for the Directors' Cup, while it is much more useful to actually win for the Capital One Cup.

A third difference is that the Capital One Cup distinguishes between "minor" non-revenue sports and "major" non-revenue sports. This distinction is presumably based on levels of participation. But in any event, there are two levels of points. For a sport like women's soccer, with a large postseason bracket and teams from across the country, the maximum number of points for winning is 60. There are 6 major sports for Capital One women's standings- soccer, softball, basketball, outdoor track, volleyball and lacrosse. Every other sport falls into another category, where the maximum number of points for winning is 20. So if UCLA win's women's golf, tennis, or water polo, or bowling for that matter, that will only count 1/3 as much as the soccer win (I don't make up these rules- I am just reporting). I can somewhat see the rationale for water polo, in terms of geographic distribution. I don't see any rationale for tennis and I don't see much rationale for golf. It was this same logic which propelled UCLA to #1 in men's sports last year, because baseball is classed as a major sport (as it should be). The Directors' Cup, by contrast, considers all sports to be equal. They solve the bigger bracket/ smaller bracket issue by simply awarding points to fewer spots. But a win in women's soccer counts as 100 points, and a win in women's bowling counts as 100 points. Again, breadth, not depth.

That is a long refresher. But the relevance is that Doughnut has incentive clauses in his contract, on top of his egregious base salary. You would think that the university could expect excellent results simply because of his base compared to his peers. But that is not the case. If Doughnut does his job, then he gets more. There are multiple possible incentive payments, all of which are subjective (achievement of which is determined in Block's sole discretion- heaven help us) except for results in the Directors' Cup. This is what leads me to focus on the Directors' Cup, even though the Capital One Cup aligns more with how fans would define success.

Doughnut's contract has two hurdles for the Director's Cup. If UCLA winds up in the top 10%, he gets a partial bonus. If UCLA winds up in the top 10, he gets a full bonus.

All fall sports have now concluded. The fall mix includes football, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's water polo. And at the 1/3 mark for the year, UCLA is in 16th place.195 schools have received points in at least 1 sport. So 16th place would trigger money in Doughnut's pocket, over and above his base and his subjective bonus (which no doubt his pal Block would pay). But he would not get his full objective bonus. Boo hoo.

UCLA has 222.5 points. 100 come from winning women's soccer, 64 come from reaching the round of 16 in men's soccer (again, participation ribbons count here), and 58.5 points come from finishing 16th in the final football poll. UCLA got no points for field hockey (no surprise there, without a team), but also got no points for women's volleyball, men's water polo, or either cross country team.

Stanford is leading the standings after all fall sports. They will lead after the winter. They will lead after the spring. They have won the Directors' Cup starting with the 2nd year the Cup was instituted, and have won it ever since. UCLA's 16th place standing puts us 6th in the conference, behind Stanford, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and $C. We should consider making our AD the highest paid in the conference, so we could get better results. Oh wait- we already do.

For comparison, at this point in 2012-13, UCLA was in 7th place with 331 points. By sport, we went from 63 points (13th place) in men's cross country in 2012 to 0, we went from 25 points (also received votes in poll) to 58.5 points in football, we went from 73 points (regional final) to 100 points in women's soccer, we went from 50 points (round of 32) to 64 in men's soccer, we went from 50 points to 0 in women's volleyball, and we went from 70 points (national runner-up) to 0 in men's water polo.

In 2011-12, UCLA was in 4th place with 328 points. The high points (as it were) that year were the national championship in women's volleyball, and being runner-up in men's water polo.

You have to go back to 2010-11 to find a worse standing after the final fall results. In that year, UCLA was in 24th place with 187 points. That year, we did not reach either college cup in soccer, we were bounced early in women's volleyball, and we did not make the men's water polo tourney. That year, UCLA improved in the winter and spring, but finished 11th overall.

So, in summary, UCLA is off to a slow start in terms of generating Doughnut's maximum bonus, but we got our national championship in women's soccer. Sounds like the best of both worlds to me.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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