The University of Virginia has won the 2015 Men's Capital One Cup, staking a claim as the top program in the nation this season. The multi-sports award, conceived of by ESPN and sponsored by Capital One, is "awarded to each of the best men's and women's Division 1 college athletics programs in the country."
By virtue of its NCAA baseball title, the program's third national championship of the season, Virginia put an exclamation point on its victory; UVA finished with 149 points, well ahead of the field. (In fact, the program would have claimed the Cup even with a runner-up finish in baseball.
Here are the final 2015 Men's Capital One Cup standings:
2015 Men's Capital Cup Standings
|1 - Virginia||149|
|2 - Oregon||121|
|3 - Ohio State||93.5|
|4 - Florida||84|
|5 - Denver||72|
|6 - Duke||71|
|7 - TCU||67|
|8 - LSU||66|
|T9 - Notre Dame||65|
|T9 - UCLA||65|
UVA finished 4th in the Capital One Cup last season, but 39th in 2012-2013. With its win, Virginia will get a piece of the $400,000 in scholarship funds that the Cup awards.
Scoring for the Capital One Cup is based on end-of-season polling, with soccer, football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, and outdoor track weighted three times more than other sports. The full scoring details are here (note: downloadable file).
The women finished 11th with 53 points.
Virginia has finished 6th in the Directors' Cup, a second consecutive top-ten finish for the program. Scoring for the Directors' Cup is similar to the Capital One version, but all sports, men's and women's, are combined and weighted equally. Here's a link to the standings before baseball is included. (Note: only spring sports are broken out. Go to the Directors' Cup website for more).
Stanford won its 21st consecutive Directors' Cup, followed by UCLA, USC, Florida, UNC, and Virginia.
Virginia Historical Directors' Cup Finishes
|Season||Directors' Cup Finish|
Correction: An earlier version of this post projected Virginia would place 5th in the Directors' Cup. However, because each school is limited to scoring in a maximum of 10 men's sports, the team's baseball win (UVA's 11th sport) means that Virginia loses its points for lacrosse (its lowest total) and ends up in 6th overall.