Aug. 24, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - The Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA) at Texas A&M University established a research and award program to recognize one winner from each of the six BCS conferences for "All-Around Excellence in Intercollegiate Athletics." Stanford was selected as the Pac-10 recipient of the 2004 Excellence in Athletics Cup after athletic department performance was evaluated using eight different criteria. The 68 schools from the Big 12, SEC, ACC, Big East, Big Ten and Pac-10 were evaluated based on excellence during postseason and conference competition, excellence in the classroom relative to the overall undergraduate student-body, excellence in gender equity, and excellence in efficient financial operations. Each conference produced a winner and then all 68 schools were compared with the conference winning data omitted to select a National Level Champion. Stanford finished atop the Pac-10 standings with 1,420 points, while UCLA came in second with 1,120 points. Penn State was named the National Level Champion with 6,160 points, edging second-place Stanford by 90 points. Complete listings of judging criteria, results and point totals can be found at http://lsia.tamu.edu.