With championships in women's indoor track and field and women's golf and five runner-up finishes during the 2006-07 sports season, the Sam Houston State University athletic department has done what no other league team has accomplished before - win three consecutive Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup all-sports championships.
The fourth place finish in baseball clinched by Sam Houston State 's victory over Stephen F. Austin Friday combined with a McNeese State loss Friday night to Lamar gave the Bearkats the final points they needed to push SHSU over the top.
Sam Houston won the cup in 2006-07 by one point over Texas-San Antonio 137.5 to 136.5.
The Bearkats won the men's all-sports cup as well with 66.5 points,
finishing four and a half points ahead of runner-up UTSA.
Director of Athletics Bobby Williams set winning the Commissioner's Cup as the department's top goal when he took the job in April, 1998
"Winning the Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup for the time in a row is the most outstanding achievement ever accomplished by the Sam Houston State University athletic department and our student athletes," Williams said. "Not only does this achievement prove that every one of our sports teams is vital to our program, but also it demonstrates the importance and contributions of each and every student athlete. My congratulations go out to all the Bearkat athletes, coaches, parents, staff, faculty, and administrators for this honor. Most importantly, I am proud to be a Bearkat."
The Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup has been awarded annually each year since 1997-98. Texas State-San Marcos and Sam Houston State have each won back-to-back cups, the Bobcats in 2004 and 2005 (tying that year with SHSU) and the Bearkats in 2005 and 2006. No previous program has achieved a "three-peat."
To decide the cup, points are awarded on an 11-point system for all
conference sports. Point values are 11 for first place, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5,
4, 3, 2 and 1 depending on place of finish. The Commissioners Cup is given to the school with the most total points in both the men's and women's sports.
Teams that finished as runners-up included football, men's basketball,
women's tennis, women's outdoor track and field, and softball.
The 137.5 points achieved by Sam Houston's athletic programs also marks the department's highest ever Commissioner's Cup point total.
The men's all-sports trophy represents Sam Houston State's second award for men's athletics. Sam Houston also won the men's all-sports title in 1999-2000.
"Every team played its part in this victory," Williams said. "One of the
great things about Sam Houston State is how all the programs support each other. Winning three straight Commissioner Cup Championships is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes, our coaches, and staff, and the support we receive from our fans and university. We're extremely excited to win again! "
Commissioner's Cup 2007 Standings
University Men Women Total
SAM HOUSTON ST. 66.5 71.0 137.5
Texas-San Antonio 62.0 74.5 136.5
Texas-Arlington 58.5 71.5 130.0
TX St-San Marcos 47.0 82.0 129.0
Stephen F. Austin 59.0 69.5 128.5
Lamar 61.0 60.5 121.5
Southeastern LA 60.5 52.0 112.5
McNeese State 50.0 43.0 93.0
A&M-CorpusChristi 42.0 40.5 82.5
Northwestern St 35.0 44.5 79.5
Nicholls State 23.5 33.5 57.0
Central Arkansas 11.5 41.5 53.0