California Remains the Leader in the Final Fall Division I U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings|
Jan. 9, 2008
Cleveland, Ohio - After taking over the top-spot in the previous standings, the University of California remains in the lead in the final U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The Bears added 45 points to their score after placing 26th in the FBS bowl season, bringing their fall total to 370. California previously scored in men's water polo (1st), women's volleyball (3rd), men's cross country (16th) men's soccer (17th) and women's soccer (17th).
On the strength of a second place finish in FBS football, Southern California moved from fifth to second place in the final fall standings. USC, who has a total of 343 points, also placed first in women's soccer, second in men's water polo and third in women's volleyball, this fall.
Third place belongs to Stanford with 315 points. Overall, the Cardinal has scored in five of the nine fall sports. They captured the women's cross country title, placed second in women's volleyball, finished ninth in women's field hockey and women's soccer, and placed 19th in men's cross country.
Oregon and Penn State, who were previously tied for third in the standings, are now fourth and fifth, respectively. The Ducks added 50 points to their score after placing 24th in FBS football, to increase their point total to 304. Oregon has also placed first in men's cross country, second in women's cross country and ninth in women's volleyball.
One point behind the Ducks is the Nittany Lions, with a total of 303 points. Most recently, Penn State scored 49 points in the FBS bowl season. Previously this fall, the Nittany Lions scored in women's volleyball (1st), women's field hockey (2nd) and women's soccer (9th).
Louisiana State University earned top honors in the USA Today top-25 College Football Poll and earned 100 points after the FBS bowl season. Also capturing national titles in the fall were Southern California (women's soccer), California (men's water polo), Stanford (women's cross country), Oregon (men's cross country) and North Carolina (women's field hockey), Penn State (women's volleyball) Wake Forest (men's soccer) and Appalachian State (FCS football).
The first winter release will be published on March 13, 2008, and will include the National Collegiate Skiing Championship.
The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program's sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.
For a list of final fall standings click here.