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July 26, 2012In quiet fashion the Kansas men's and women's athletic programs placed in the Top 25 according to the Capital One Cup national standings. For those that follow college athletics close enough the Capital One Cup is one of the top methods to measure overall success.
This year Florida won the men's title and Stanford in the women's. The Capital One Cup uses points from top 10 finishes and how teams fared in the final coaches' poll for every sport.
When Dr. Sheahon Zenger arrived at Kansas he was clear he wanted to see improvement all across the board. He wasn't talking about just the big sports. He wanted to see progress in every sport.
It is the highest finish the Kansas athletic department has seen in a while. The final poll was released last month and until now there hasn't been much attention drawn to the overall ranking.
"I was taught as a young football coach to under-promise and over-produce," Zenger said. "I couldn't be more proud of our collection of student/athletes."
The Jayhawks finished third overall in the men's Big 12 point totals. The women came in fifth. The men's basketball program and women's track program were key sports in the top 25 finishes. The numbers show progress being made, but Zenger wants to see the rise up the charts continue.
"The numbers don't lie and I couldn't be more proud of them," he said. "The way we measure ourselves is how we compete. I don't want anyone in the Jayhawk nation to take this that we have arrived. We have a long way to go before we get to where we need to be."
To see the entire list of the Capital One Cup standings for the 2011-12 season click here