Originally Posted by OdontoBear66
Did you ever think there are better teams than them out there??? When will we emulate those teams?? Jeez, Is Cal now a swimming school. Even Rugby is playing sevens and we don't dominate.
Hyperbole much? Actually, in terms of overall success in athletics, I think Cal has a pretty impressive national profile (beyond swimming). Since Sandy's arrival we've been in the top ten in the Director's Cup for the past 6 out of 7 years (compare that with prior years). Many of our teams are consistently ranked in the top 20 (volleyball, soccer, field hockey, basketball, swimming, crew, etc) and several have been in the hunt for a NC of late including softball, volleyball, golf, tennis, and crew.
Our women's basketball program is on the rise. Certainly we are not yet in that top tier, but we are getting closer. There's no shame in that, no in the progress that's been made (first with Boyle, and now Coach G.)
Cal can be proud of the depth and breadth of its athletic success just as it can be proud of its academic standing (#1 among public institutions). Doesn't mean we can't aspire to greater heights, but certainly nothing to apologize for--and much to look forward to.
2012 Director's Cup press release: