DENVER, Colo. - The Western Athletic Conference today announced the winner of its annual Commissioner's Cup with this year's honor going to Fresno State with 85.5 points. The Bulldogs finished with the most overall WAC championships of any other school this season, backed by regular-season and championship titles in women's basketball, women's tennis and softball, while earning postseason championships in women's soccer and baseball. Nevada was second with 84.75 points, while Boise State garnered a third place finish.
"Congratulations to the student-athletes, coaches and administrators at Fresno State for winning the 2008-09 Commissioner's Cup," said WAC Commissioner Karl Benson. "The Bulldogs excelled throughout the season with the most WAC championships. The award is testament to all of the demanding effort put in by the entire Fresno State athletic department."
The WAC awards its Commissioner's Cup to the school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's championships. Points are awarded in order of finish, equal to the number of teams that participate in each sport, and are averaged between a team's regular-season finish (if applicable) and its WAC championship finish. Teams that do not qualify for a postseason tournament due to a smaller field receive points equal to their regular-season finish. Ties are not broken but instead are averaged between the tied teams. Affiliate members are not eligible for the Commissioner's Cup, but their standings are still used for determining points.
Fresno State repeated as Commissioner's Cup champions after finishing third in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. The Bulldogs have finished in the top four each of the seven years the trophy has been in existence, including a second-place finish behind Rice in 2004-05.
"I am extremely proud of this achievement by our student-athletes and coaches," said Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh. "Winning the WAC Commissioner's Cup two years consecutively is a tremendous reflection upon their collective character, fortitude and work ethic. They have made all of us in the Fresno State community very proud."
Boeh went on to say, "What is even more gratifying is the fact that these unprecedented competitive achievements have run parallel with the recent profound improvement of our teams' NCAA Academic Progress Rates. In short, today's Fresno State student-athletes are proving that we can reach our ultimate goal to consistently achieve high-quality academic and competitive success at the same time."
On its way to second place, Nevada had a strong all-around effort after championships in swimming and diving as well as softball. Boise State finished third with 80.5 points, winning regular-season titles in football and men's tennis, while taking postseason championships in gymnastics and men's indoor track and field.
In fourth place with 76.5 points, Utah State was anchored by championships in men's and women's cross country, women's soccer, men's basketball and men's outdoor track and field. New Mexico State rounded out the top five with 67.25 points.