SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly are proud announce the unveiling of a new website that will highlight the Blue-Green Rivalry between the schools.
The site, BlueGreenRivalry.com, will include several features, including a grid with the schedule and results of all the competitions between the Gauchos and Mustangs, a brief history of the rivalry, profiles of both great universities and Twitter feeds from both athletics departments.
UCSB and Cal Poly first met on the football field in 1921 and became strong rivals years later when they were both members of the California Collegiate Athletics Association. The Gaucho programs jumped to NCAA Division I in 1970 and the rivalry took a hiatus until the Mustangs took the Division I step in the mid-1990s, joining the Big West Conference soon thereafter.
The rest is history.
“This is a healthy rivalry with high academics and incredible student-athletes,” said UCSB Director of Athletics Mark Massari. “The Gauchos are excited to compete against the Mustangs and showcase what is great about our two universities.
"Cal Poly is delighted to formalize our partnership with UC Santa Barbara," said Cal Poly Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman. "We have competed against one another for decades, and there are many homes on the central coast with alumni from both institutions. We are both very competitive NCAA Division I programs and are nationally recognized academically. I hope the Blue Green-Rivalry is something everyone will enjoy."
UCSB and Cal Poly, combined, have more than 40,000 students as well as 20,000 faculty and staff. Thousands of alums from each school still call the central and south coasts home. Famous Cal Poly alums include: legendary Super Bowl-winning coach of the Oakland Raiders and television announcer John Madden, MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, Chief Technology Officer of Yahoo! Farzad Nazem, and Apple’s Senior VP and CFO Peter Oppenheimer. Famous UCSB alums include: Grammy nominated musician Jack Johnson, Academy Award winning actor Michael Douglas, six-time MLB All-Star and MLB Man of the Year Michael Young, Oracle Chairman Jeff Henley, and syndicated sports talk show host Jim Rome.
Student-athletes UCSB and Cal Poly will decide on a Blue-Green Rivalry trophy and in the future, the rivalry is expected to have a presenting sponsor.
The unveiling of The Blue-Green Rivalry comes one day before the UCSB and Cal Poly men’s soccer teams meet in what CollegeSoccerNews.com called “The Greatest Rivalry in College Soccer.” The Gauchos and Mustangs will do battle on Friday night in an 8:00 p.m. match at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The contest will be televised nationally by Fox Soccer Channel. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Gaucho Car flag.
Tickets for all matches are available from the Ticket Office in the Intercollegiate Athletics Building on campus, by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online by clicking here.