May 29, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – A triple crown in men's track and field/country, plus second-place finishes in baseball and women's cross country helped UT Arlington to a sixth place in the Sun Belt Conference's final Bubas Cup all-sports standings.
The Mavericks earned 85.5 overall points, just 3.5 points shy of third-place Texas State. UTA also had solid finishes in men's golf (third), volleyball (fourth) and women's tennis (fourth).
"I'm very proud of our performance across the board in our first year in the Sun Belt," UT Arlington athletics director Jim Baker said. "The Sun Belt proved to be the step up in competition we expected going into the year.
"Our strong showing in the Bubas Cup is a testament to the hard work and determination of our student-athletes and coaches. We're looking forward to climbing those standings next year."
UT Arlington's total is based on competing in 14 of the 17 sports sponsored by the Sun Belt. Each of the five teams that finished ahead of UTA competed in more sports.
The Mavericks actually had the second-highest average at 6.1 points-per-sport. Western Kentucky was the overall leader with 108.5 points, along with its 6.4 average.
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.
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