By Art Garcia | @ArtGarcia92
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sun Belt championships in women's cross country plus men's outdoor track and field led UT Arlington to a third-place finish in the final Bubas Cup all-sports standings. The Mavericks moved up three spots from 2013-14 and were just two points shy of first place.
UT Arlington's total is based on competing in 14 of the 18 sports sponsored by the Sun Belt. Seven of the 10 other schools compete in more sports than UTA, including the top two finishers.
"To finish near the top of the Bubas Cup standings is a testament to the quality of our programs across the board," UT Arlington athletics director Jim Baker said. "Our student-athletes and coaches are committed to winning at the highest level. We were in the running for a number of championships, in addition to our titles in women's cross and men's outdoor track."
UTA earned 104 points, with South Alabama (106) and Texas State (104.5) nabbing the top two spots. The Mavericks also had solid finishes in men's golf (second), men's indoor track (second), women's tennis (second), men's cross country (third), men's basketball (fourth), volleyball (fourth) and women's outdoor track (fourth).
"I'm proud of the progress we've made in our second year in the Sun Belt after finishing sixth a year ago," Baker added. "We look forward to even better showings in the future."
About the Bubas Cup
The Sun Belt Conference's annual all sports championship trophy, the "Bubas Cup," is named after the conference's first commissioner.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Vic Bubas graduated from Gary Lew Wallace High School in 1944. Bubas was a two-time All-Conference selection at North Carolina State, helped the Wolfpack win four Southern Conference titles, and played in the 1950 NCAA Final Four.
He graduated in 1951 and stayed on as an assistant coach at North Carolina State until 1959, at which time he was named the Head Basketball Coach at Duke University. He took the Blue Devils to the Final Four in 1963, 1964 and 1966. Duke was ranked in the top fifteen of the nation in eight of his 10 seasons as head coach. Bubas posted a career record of 213 wins and 67 losses, winning an astonishing 76.1 percent of his games. He served as a Duke administrator from 1969-1976, including the last three years as Vice President of the university.
On October 6, 1976, Bubas was named the first Commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference. He was named by the NCAA to the prestigious Division 1 Basketball Committee in 1979 for a six-year term and served as chair of the prestigious group for the 1984-85 season. Bubas served as Sun Belt Conference Commissioner for 14 years until his retirement in 1990. He led the conference during a period in which its membership increased from six to eight and the number of sports sponsored grew from four to 10.
Scoring: Points for the Bubas Cup are awarded based strictly on regular season finish for sports that have a regular season conference schedule. Points are awarded based on Sun Belt Championship finish if that sport does not have a regular season conference schedule.
Points are awarded based on the number of schools sponsoring the sport. Institutions not sponsoring a sport do not receive points in that sport. Institutions tying for positions split the combined points of their positions.
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