Sept. 16, 2002
SANTA CLARA / SAN JOSE, Calif. - Intercollegiate athletic teams from Santa Clara University and San Jose State University have increased incentive to win when they play each other with the creation of a rivalry series, Santa Clara Director of Athletics and Recreation Cheryl L. Levick and San Jose State Director of Athletics Chuck Bell announced in conjunction with Dean Munro, the executive director of the San Jose Sports Authority.
The name of the series will be determined by a vote of fans through an Internet poll hosted by www.SantaClaraBroncos.com and www.SJSUSpartans.com. Users can submit their nomination for the name of the rivalry on the two websites. The top five submissions will then be placed on each site for a vote. The final selection will be announced prior to the Nov. 30 men's basketball game at Santa Clara. The first game of the series will take place Thursday when the Spartan men's soccer team travels to Buck Shaw Stadium to take on the Broncos in the annual adidas Classic.
The annual winner of the series, presented in association with the San Jose Sports Authority, will be determined by a points system based on head-to-head competition in the 13 sports in which the two schools compete. The head-to-head winner of each sport receives a predetermined number of points for that particular school. The winner of the series will be announced at the final scheduled competition between the two schools
"With our two teams in such close proximity to each other and with approximately 150,000 alumni in the Bay Area between the two schools, it only seems natural there should be a healthy rivalry on the athletic field," said Levick. "The rivalry gives everyone involved with the two schools, as well as the San Jose and Santa Clara communities, a renewed sense of rivalry in a positive but competitive environment."
" San Jose State and Santa Clara University are two of the area's outstanding Division I programs," said Bell. "Through the years, both schools have enjoyed considerable success in intercollegiate athletics in their respective conferences and at the national level. This rivalry series should be a very spirited competition for our student-athletes, coaches and supporters of the two schools."
In addition to the competitive aspects of the series, the two athletic programs will be teaming together on various community and student initiatives. In cooperation with the San Jose Sports Authority, the two schools will be working with area elementary and middle schools as well as service and civic organizations to provide outreach opportunities for the two institutions' 34 sports teams and nearly 700 total student-athletes.
"Over the years both schools have had great teams and played many memorable games against each other," said Munro. "This new series will expand on this exciting rivalry that will enable San Jose State and Santa Clara fans not just to root for their favorite team but to root for their school throughout the year. This series should provide an additional sense of excitement to the college athletics environment in the entire South Bay."
Santa Clara and San Jose State compete against each other in 13 sports including: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, women's tennis, women's volleyball and women's water polo. The first scheduled competition between the two schools for the 2002-2003 athletic season is Thursday, Sept. 19 when the Spartan men's soccer squad travels to Buck Shaw Stadium for the first round of the annual Santa Clara adidas Classic.
Up-to-date points totals, competition schedules, news related to the series and a complete description of the rivalry series are located on each school's official athletic website: www.SantaClaraBroncos.com and www.SJSUSpartans.com.
About Santa Clara Athletics
The Santa Clara University Department of Athletics and Recreation sponsors 17 intercollegiate athletics teams and competes as a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the West Coast Conference (WCC), the Western Intercollegiate Softball League (WISL) and the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). The department enjoyed a successful 2001-2002 season, winning the school's first-ever NCAA women's soccer championship, four conference titles and finishing second in the WCC's annual all-sports competition. The Broncos also had six all-Americans, six national academic award winners, four conference coaches of the year, 48 all-conference performers and 14 academic all-conference award winners.
About San Jose State Athletics
San Jose State University Division of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 16 NCAA Division I sports and competes at the Division I-A level in football. The Spartans are a member of the Western Athletic Conference judged annually as one of the country's top-10 conferences in on-the-field performance in men's and women's sports, and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). San Jose State has won 10 NCAA team championships and 50 NCAA individual event titles. Eight times, a Spartan has won a gold medal at the Olympic Games. In the last five years, five of the 14 current head coaches have been named either the conference or national "Coach of the Year."
About the San Jose Sports Authority
The San Jose Sports Authority is a non-profit organization that serves as the sports marketing agency for the City of San Jose. Since its inception in 1991, it has worked with community partners to bring more than 100 premier events and programs to the San Jose area.