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’Eaters athletics ranks among NCAA’s elite

UCI’s combined sports performance creates No. 2 status nationally among programs without football.

July 01, 2009

UC Irvine finished second among NCAA Division I-AAA schools (those without football programs) in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.

The standings are based on the performance of the overall athletic program, with points given for each sport.

The Anteaters, led by the men’s volleyball team’s national championship, finished No. 65 among all Division I schools, tops among Big West Conference representatives.

UCI received 100 points for the volleyball crown, 64 points for the men’s soccer team’s run to the NCAA round of 16, 52 for the women’s golf team’s 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Championships and 50 for the baseball team’s NCAA Regional appearance.

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Senior Randall Tom earned 40 points for UCI with a strong showing at the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships.

UCI also received 9.3 points from the men’s golf team’s trip to the NCAA Regional.

The Anteaters’ 315.3 points trailed only the University of Denver (396.5) among schools without football programs.

Stanford won the overall title for the 15th straight year.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (85th), Long Beach State (103rd) and UC Santa Barbara (110th) were the other top Big West finishers.

In the NAIA division, Vanguard was No. 36 overall, the sixth-best showing among Golden State Athletic Conference schools.

GSAC members Azusa Pacific and Concordia finished Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, while Fresno Pacific was No. 4, Point Loma Nazarene No. 7 and Biola No. 16.

— From staff reports

UCI assistant job on hold

An impending threat of financial cutbacks in the UC Irvine athletic department will delay men’s basketball coach Pat Douglass’ attempt to replace recently departed top assistant coach Tod Murphy, Douglass said.

“The problem is, knowing what latitude I will have with cutbacks within the department and across campus,” Douglass said.

Douglass said he is awaiting guidelines from the athletic department, before he can act on finding a replacement for Murphy, who left after six seasons to become head coach at Gordon College, a Division III school in Wenham, Mass.

Douglass said Murphy, the Anteaters’ No. 2 all-time scorer, is ready to take over the challenge of running his own program.

“He produced some excellent scouting reports that were instrumental in us winning many games,” Douglass said. “He called the plays on offense and he helped our big men improve.”

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