Best by The Bay?
Oct. 15, 2005
By Jon Wilner
San Jose Mercury News
Combine bad endings for the Giants and A's with bad starts for the 49ers and Raiders and bad losses for San Jose State and Stanford football, and there hasn't been much to cheer about on the South Bay sports scene.
But all is well at Santa Clara, where the Broncos dynamo is flattening its competition.
Santa Clara is 14th in Sports Illustrated On Campus' most recent ranking of Division I athletic departments, based on performance in all sports to this point in the academic year. To be fair, we should mention that Stanford is No. 3 and Cal No. 5, but Santa Clara is the only non-football school in the top 20.
``We knew we had a pretty good chance for success in several of our sports this fall, but it has just been phenomenal how well our teams have performed,'' SCU Athletic Director Dan Coonan said. ``I wish I could say we all expected this to happen, but to have the kind of success we've had across the board has been a pleasant surprise.''
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