At halftime of our men's basketball game at San Jose State recently, I accepted congratulations for winning last year's Rivalry Series competition from Chuck Bell, the Spartans' Director of Athletics, and Dean Munro from the San Jose Sports Authority.
As the three of us were waiting for the presentation, I could not help but feel a tremendous sense of pride for the accomplishments of our student-athletes and coaches over the past few seasons.
I've spoken at length about the success our teams have achieved and the importance of continuing to reach for national prominence in all our sports. That certainly remains a major focus of our department's strategic goals as we continue to move forward.
However, we are also obviously committed to competitive excellence on local, regional and conference levels as well. The West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup and the Rivalry Series are each important competitions that provide perspective to help keep our programs moving in a positive direction.
These types of broad-based programs are important to our department for a number of reasons. Certainly, they give our student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters a sense of where we stack-up compared to our competition. However, they also provide added incentive for our teams to win as well as for our fans to support our teams and attend games. And, perhaps most importantly, they provide an opportunity for everyone involved to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.
In each of the last two years, we finished second in the Commissioner's Cup, a competition that rewards on-field success in each of the league's championships.
Last year, we initiated and won the inaugural season of the Rivalry Series with San Jose State, which is a point-based system that rewards head-to-head competitions in the 13 common intercollegiate sports in which the two schools compete.
This season, we have gotten off to a great start in both competitions. We currently are in first place in the Commissioner's Cup standings following the fall sports championships. With our men's and women's soccer teams winning conference titles, volleyball and women's cross country finishing second and men's cross country finishing third, we have a total of 36 overall points.
That puts us six points ahead of Portland and 13 in front of Pepperdine, which has won the Cup in each of the first two years it has been in place. We are also currently leading both the men's and women's all-sports competitions, which are a part of the overall standings.
In the Rivalry Series this season we have a 13-5 lead after winning the men's basketball game. Last year we won the first-ever competition by a 20-10 score and we hope to retain the rotating trophy for another year.
As we head into the holiday season, I'd like to extend our warmest wishes to the entire Bronco family and remind you that we have a number of exciting men's and women's basketball games scheduled for the month of December. On the top of the list is the annual Cable Car Classic, which features Brigham Young University, Idaho State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and, of course, your Broncos. I hope you can join us.
Happy Holidays and Go Broncos!