Each academic year, Capital One awards the Capital One Cup to one men's and one women's athletic program in Division I.
Points are earned based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final official coaches' polls (such as the football coaches' poll).
We had the opportunity to talk with Doug Flutie about his involvement with the Capital One Cup and his role as an adviser.
Bleacher Report's David Luther: What is your involvement with the Capital One Cup and how did you become involved?
Doug Flutie: I was actually doing promotions for Capital One with their mascot commercials for a few years. They came up with the Capital One Cup and put together an advisory board and asked if I would be on it.
It's our job to help promote the Capital One Cup, and I love to be affiliated with it. It's a great program with a situation where the athletic end helps the academic end.
B/R: How does the Capital One Cup help the academic side?
DF: The universities that win get $200,000 scholarships—both men's and women's scholarships—and it's representative of the outstanding Division I program in the country.
B/R: How is the competition run? How are the winners determined?
DF: It's across the board, it's all sports. They all get to support each other. While the high-profile sports pull a lot of weight, the non-revenue-generating sports still generate support around campus because they generate points for [the competition] and the opportunity to win.
To determine the winner, sports are divided into two categories; Group A and Group B, with Group B sports receiving a weighted point total.
For the men's competition, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse and outdoor track and field are considered Group B sports, and programs that place in the top 10 receive higher point totals than Group A sports (cross country, water polo, skiing, rifle, indoor track and field, wrestling, fencing, swimming and diving, ice hockey, gymnastics, volleyball, tennis and golf).
The top 10 in each sport receive 60 points for a national championship, 36 for a runner-up finish, and 30, 24, 18, 16, 12, 9, 6 and 3 for third through 10th, respectively.
Group A points totals for top 10 finishes are 20, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 for a first through 10th-place finish, respectively.
In addition to Doug Flutie (Boston College football), the other members of the Capital One Cup Board of Advisors include Brandi Chastain (Santa Clara soccer), Lisa Leslie (USC basketball), Clark Kellogg (Ohio State basketball), Rece Davis (ESPN), Jennie Finch (Arizona softball).
Last year, the Capital One Cup's inaugural season, the University of Florida captured the men's title while Stanford University brought home the women's crown.
With the 2011-2012 year just reaching the first round of championships, Wisconsin has opened up an early lead in the men's race, with the Badgers capturing the cross country national championship and 20 points, followed by Oklahoma State with 12 and Colorado with 10 points.
With two championships in the books on the women's side (field hockey and cross country), both Georgetown and Maryland are tied atop the leaderboard, each with 20 points. North Carolina and Washington follow close behind with 12 points apiece.
You can read more about the Capital One Cup here, as well as find the current standings and bios on the Board of Advisors.
Doug Flutie also spent some time with us talking about the current college football season, including his thoughts on the BCS chaos, the Heisman race and the 27th anniversary of his amazing “Hail Flutie” play to beat Miami as time expired, helping him to the 1984 Heisman Trophy.
You can read that part of our interview here.
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