Boise State Wins WAC Commissioner's Cup

Boise State has clinched the 2005-2006 WAC Commissioner's Cup, the first for the Broncos since joining the conference. Along the way, Boise State captured four men's conference crowns (football, indoor track, tennis and outdoor track). That ties the Broncos with UCLA and Notre Dame and only one behind Texas for the most men's conference titles won in the past year.

Although the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament is this week and the Broncos do not have a baseball team, Boise State has clinched the 2005-2006 Commissioner's Cup. Boise State finishes the year with 96.5 points, with conference titles in football (shared with Nevada), indoor track, tennis and outdoor track. Nevada currently has 87.25 points and has a baseball team but they cannot accumulate enough points to catch the Broncos.

The Cup is awarded annually to the school that has the most overall sports success each year based on a scoring system which allocates points in each of the 19 sports that the conference sponsors. The scoring system encourages each league member to participate in those 19 sports. Nine points are awarded for first place, eight for second place, etc. in every sport and are averaged between a team's regular season finish (if applicable) and its WAC championship finish.

Pending the outcome of the baseball season, Utah State is currently in third in the Cup Standings with 87 points, followed by Idaho with 82.5, Fresno State at 80.5, Hawai'i in sixth place with 74.5 points, then New Mexico State (72), San Jose State (70) and Louisiana Tech (68.75).

Boise State has never won the Commissioner's Cup. Three years ago, they finished eighth. They improved to seventh in 2003-2004 and then jumped to fifth last year. The Broncos grabbed the lead after their WAC title in football and have been at or near the top ever since.

In addition to their four titles, Boise State finished second in both women's tennis and gymnastics, fourth in both men's and women's cross country and in women's indoor track, and tied for fourth in men's golf and in women's basketball. Boise State was sixth in soccer and men's basketball, seventh in women's outdoor track and women's golf and eighth in volleyball.

Nevada won early titles with the shared championship with Boise State in football and then in men's basketball, and then won the women's softball tournament. Nevada still hung in the Commissioner's Cup race throughout. They were second in swimming and diving and in women's basketball, tied for third in women's tennis and fourth in soccer, volleyball and women's outdoor track. The Wolf Pack finished fifth in women's cross country, in women's indoor track and women's golf, tied for fifth in men's tennis and finished sixth in men's golf.

Other league champions were Utah State in men's cross country, Idaho in women's cross country, Fresno State in men's tennis and the regular season title in women's softball, Fresno State and Hawai'i tying in soccer, Hawai'i in volleyball and swimming and diving, Louisiana Tech winning both women's indoor and outdoor track and women's basketball, San Jose State taking women's golf and New Mexico State winning men's golf.

The Broncos won this year's Cup despite not participating in three sports, swimming and diving, softball and baseball. However, last week Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier announced that the Broncos will field a swimming and diving team beginning next season and a softball team in the 2008 season. Idaho and Utah State, like Boise State, fielded teams in 16 sports that the WAC sponsors. Fresno State, Nevada, Hawai'i and New Mexico State have teams in 15 sports while San Jose State and Louisiana Tech each have 14 teams.



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