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Scoring Update for Division II

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS CLAIMS FOURTH SEARS DIRECTORS' CUP

June 12, 2001

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The University of California-Davis claimed its fourth Sears Directors' Cup for the NCAA Division II, the prestigious award presented annually by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.

The 2000-01 Sears Directors' Cup winners were announced today at the NACDA Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the four winning institutions -- one in each of the NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III), and the NAIA -- were awarded with their Sears Directors' Cups and scholarships.

UC-Davis has finished either first or second in each of the six years of Division II Sears Directors' Cup competition, winning the award in 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2001. UC-Davis accumulated 703 points, 164 points ahead of the runner-up, the University of North Dakota.

Although UC-Davis did not win any national championships during the 2000-01 season, the Aggies sealed the Sears Directors' Cup win with nine top 10 finishes in women's cross country (3rd), football (3rd), men's outdoor track and field (3rd), men's swimming and diving (4th), women's outdoor track and field (5th), men's cross country (5th), women's tennis (5th), men's golf (8th), and softball (9th). The women's swimming and diving (14th) and men's tennis (17th) teams also scored points for the Aggies. UC-Davis scored in five women's and six men's sports.

Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the Sears Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program. The Sears Directors' Cup is part of the Sears Collegiate Champions program which annually awards more than 2,200 conference and sport champion trophies and a quarter-of-a-million dollars in academic scholarships.

While UC-Davis took home the Waterfordâ Crystal Sears Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II competition, the 2000-01 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division III - Williams College (Mass.); NAIA - Simon Fraser University (B.C.).

Through the Sears Directors' Cup program, Sears and NACDA annually award $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships. Five $5,000 scholarships in each division assist students who support their institution's athletics departments, including team managers, athletics trainers, band members, cheerleaders, assistant coaches, sports information assistants, facility staff and academic support personnel. For each category, four outstanding recipients are selected by a nationwide nomination process, administered by NACDA, while the fifth recipient is a student at the institution that wins the Sears Directors' Cup.

Sears and NACDA also awarded each of the second through fifth place institutions in all four divisions with Sears Directors' Cup plaques, commemorating their program's dedication to athletics greatness. This year's runner-up institutions in the NCAA Division II include: the University of North Dakota, California State University-Bakersfield, University of California-San Diego and Western State College of Colorado.

Of the 264 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division II, a total of 213 (81 percent) scored points in the Sears Directors' Cup competition. Complete final rankings on all of these institutions are available on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.

NACDA, now in its 36th year, serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 collegiate athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of nearly $40 billion. The company serves families throughout the country through approximately 860 department stores, more than 2,100 specialized retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the company's Web site, www.sears.com.

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