Former Florida basketball player Chandler Parsons, the 2010-11 SEC Player of the Year, will be on hand this week to officially accept the 2011 Capital One Cup on behalf of the University of Florida men’s athletics program. Parsons, a second-round NBA Draft pick of the Houston Rockets, will represent the school at the ESPY Awards to accept the Capital One Cup trophy from Justin Timberlake along with a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete graduate-level scholarships.
Award-winning singer and actor Justin Timberlake will present the Capital One Cup trophy to Florida and Stanford on July 13. In order to effectively present the inaugural Capital One Cup, Timberlake wanted to learn more about being a student-athlete and embarked on a mission to learn first-hand what the experience is all about. His adventures were filmed and can be accessed at www.ilovesportsvideo.com.
Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), an official NCAA® Corporate Champion, announced on June 30 that the Florida men’s athletics program won the inaugural Capital One Cup. The school will be formally honored along with the women’s Capital One Cup winner, Stanford University, at the ESPY Awards televised live on ESPN on July 13 at 9 p.m. EST. Launched in the fall of 2010, the Capital One Cup honors NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports.
“On behalf of the university, our student athletes and our fans, we are honored to accept the inaugural Capital One Cup trophy and $200,000 scholarship,” said University of Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. “Our goal is to strive for overall athletic success, and we’re extremely proud of our men’s program winning the Capital One Cup and our women’s program placing fourth. Thank you to Capital One and its affiliated companies for their support of intercollegiate athletics.”
Climbing from the sixth-place position that they held prior to the NCAA Men’s College World Series, the Gators advanced all the way to the championship series at the CWS, finishing second in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches’ baseball poll and securing the necessary points to claim an overall first-place finish in the men’s Capital One Cup standings with a total of 93 points. Like the women’s competition, the winner of the men’s Capital One Cup came down to the final NCAA Division I championship of the year, the NCAA Men’s College World Series, with six out of the eight qualifying teams having the chance to win the inaugural men’s Capital One Cup. The University of Virginia finished second in the final men’s Capital One Cup standings with 82 points, followed by Auburn and Texas A&M, who tied for third place, and Stanford University.
“On behalf of Capital One, we’d like to congratulate the University of Florida for winning the inaugural men’s Capital One Cup,” said Capital One Chief Marketing Officer, Bill McDonald. “It was exciting to see so many programs, including schools like Eastern Washington, stay in contention for the trophy throughout the year. The Gators’ performance at the CWS and at multiple other NCAA Division I championships, including their National Championship at the indoor track and field championship, proves that every game, match and meet counts.”
The Gators rounded out the spring athletics season with Top 10 finishes in outdoor track and field, tennis and baseball. Earlier in the year, Florida made strides in the winter season with Top 10 finishes in basketball, swimming and diving, and an impressive first-place finish at the indoor track and field championship.
The final stretch of the race for the Capital One Cup took place during the spring athletics season with five sports in play to determine the champion. Highlights from the Capital One Cup during the 2010 – 2011 men’s athletics season include:
• Seventy-five men’s programs earned points
• Florida placed in the Top 10 in six championships including basketball, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, tennis, outdoor track and field and baseball