May 13, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Jose Sports Authority honored the Santa Clara University Department of Athletics and Recreation Wednesday with a victory BBQ after the Broncos earned a 22-10 victory over San Jose State in the annual Rivalry Series between the two schools.
The Rivalry Series between the two schools began in the 2002-03 season. The annual winner of the series, presented in association with the San Jose Sports Authority, is determined by a points system based on head-to-head competition in the sports in which the two schools compete. The winner of each sport receives a predetermined number of points for that particular school.
The school that receives the highest number of points in the series standings at the end of the year claims possession of a trophy that bears the name of the each year's winner. The trophy remains in the winning school's possession until the next season's winner is determined.
"I think this series is a great thing and I know my team and I look forward to doing our part to help Santa Clara keep the trophy here on our campus."
"We are very proud to support this Rivalry Series," said Dean Munro, executive director of the San Jose Sports Authority. "Healthy competition and rivalry between Santa Clara and San Jose State goes back a number of years, back to the great college basketball games of the 50s and 60s and much, much more. Congratulation to the Broncos for a well-deserved victory and we all look forward to another great competition next season."
The San Jose Sports Authority conducted a BBQ in the Jerry Kerr Alumni Park, located adjacent to SCU's Leavey Center and Buck Shaw Stadium, for all Bronco athletic coaches and staff. In addition, several members of the University administration as well as one student-athlete representative from each team and members of the SJSA Board of Directors. The BBQ was provided by Peggy Sue's in San Jose. In addition, the SJSA provided each person in attendance with a commemorative t-shirt.
"We are thrilled to retain the Rivalry Series trophy for another year," said Santa Clara's director of athletics Cheryl Levick. "Our coaches and student-athletes all put a great deal of hard work and dedication into their teams' success. This Rivalry Series puts an added emphasis on the importance of college sports in the South Bay and everyone associated with Santa Clara athletics really looks forward to continuing to expand our healthy rivalry with San Jose State."
In addition to acknowledging the local rivalry between the two schools, the Rivalry Series was established with the intent to build school spirit among the student body on both campuses. Bronco cheerleader Michelle Candoo and next year's Ruff Riders co-president Michael Zozos also attended the BBQ and expressed their desire to continue to work on expanding school spirit at SCU.
"As next year's president of the largest student group on campus, I can tell you that when we play San Jose State in any sport it is considered a big deal for our students," said Zozos. "It is great to have this local rivalry that our student body can put their arms around and embrace. We have bragging rights for the next year and you can bet we will put that honor to good use over the next 12 months."
As a graduate of San Jose State, Bronco baseball coach Mark O'Brien added a different perspective on the rivalry between the two schools.
"When I played at San Jose State, our team really looked forward to playing Santa Clara," said O'Brien, who's team won two of three games against the Spartans this season to earn three points towards the series victory. "Spartan coach Sam Piraro and I discuss this series and its affect on our players as it relates to the importance of our games against each other. Now that I'm a Bronco, I look forward to beating San Jose State, just as they look forward to trying to beat us. I think this series is a great thing and I know my team and I look forward to doing our part to help Santa Clara keep the trophy here on our campus."