o Stanford won the Sears Cup again. Big Deal. Georgia just won the inaugural Georgia Magazine Cup, which is a whole lot cooler than the Sears Cup because it's a truer measure of which school really has the best overall men's and women's athletic program in the country.
The Sears Cup, which was developed by USAToday and the nation's college athletic directors, is based on results of a school's top 20 teams10 each from the men's and women's sides. Sounds legitimate until you consider that:
A better way to evaluate the quality of an athletic department, in our view, is to start with a Sears Cup point total, then divide that by the number of varsity sports a school offers to arrive at an overall Degree of Greatness index (DOG).
Using those parameters, Stanford's 910 Sears Cup points yield a DOG index of 27.6. Georgia's 720 points produce a DOG index of 36.0, earning UGA the top spot in the countryand the inaugural Georgia Magazine Cup!
For a complete breakdown of how the nation's best athletic departments fared in both the Sears Cup and Georgia Magazine Cup standings for 1998-99, see below. To learn how Georgia won four NCAA titles in one academic year (it wasn't easy!), visit this page.
|SEARS CUP (1998-99)||GEORGIA MAGAZINE CUP (1998-99)|
|School||Pts.*||School (NCAA titles)||Pts.||Sports||DOG**|
|1. Stanford||910||1. GEORGIA (4)||720||20||36.0|
|2. GEORGIA||720||2. Florida (1)||580||20||29.0|
|3. Penn State||600||3. Stanford (1)||910||33||27.6|
|4. Florida||580||4. UCLA (1)||570||23||24.8|
|5. UCLA||570||5. Southern Cal (2)||460||19||24.2|
|6. Duke||510||6. Arizona||470||20||23.5|
|7. Michigan||490||7. Penn State||600||28||21.4|
|8. Virginia||490||8. Michigan (2)||490||23||21.3|
|9. Arizona||470||9. Virginia (1)||490||24||20.4|
|10. Southern Cal||460||10. Duke (1)||510||26||19.6|
|78. Georgia Tech||100||Georgia Tech||100||16||6.3|
* 100 pts. for NCAA title, 80 for most 2nd-place finishes, 60 for most 3rd-place finishes, etc. Exceptions are made for small tournament brackets.
** Degree of Greatness index = Sears Cup points divided by number of varsity sports offered.
Most NCAA titles in one year: 6 (Stanford/1996-97), 5 (Stanford/1997-98), 4 (Georgia/1998-99).