Wolf Pack and Rebels Announce "Governor's Series"
Oct. 8, 2012
With the Wolf Pack and Rebels both members of the Mountain West Conference, the stage is set for Nevada's only NCAA members to compete head-to-head in 15 sports plus a unique academic component to the rivalry.
The Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy will be a head-to-head athletic and academic challenge that will award annual bragging rights to one of the schools each year. The winning institution will coordinate the passing of the trophy at a high-profile event in conjunction with the governor and NV Energy. The location of the respective trophy presentation each year will be determined by the school taking the trophy. Barrick Gold will serve as an associate sponsor of the series.
Throughout the year, fans can track how their school is doing by looking for the Governor's Series web pages on UNLVRebels.com and NevadaWolfPack.com. Each year, points will be awarded in each sport for victories against the in-state rival as follows:
At the end of the school year each institution will name one (1) student-athlete as its Bill Ireland Award recipient. Outstanding athletic performance within the Governor's Series is the required component of the Ireland Award with the following criteria also considered: Sportsmanship; Academic Achievement; Character/Citizenship; and Community Service.
The award is named after Bill Ireland, who is deeply tied to the history of the Wolf Pack and Rebels athletics programs. A 1952 graduate of the University of Nevada, Ireland was the Wolf Pack's first baseball coach (1961-67). After his time at Nevada, he went on to UNLV where he became the Rebels first football coach (1968-72) and later served as athletic director (1973-80). Ireland is credited with helping come up with the idea for the Fremont Cannon, which is the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Rebels vs. Wolf Pack football game and known to be the largest and most expensive trophy in college football, weighing in at 545 pounds at an expense of $10,000 to build.
Sports included in the Governor's Series include football, women's soccer, women's volleyball, women's cross country, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's basketball, women's indoor and outdoor track and field, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis.