Jan. 15, 2015
CLEVELAND - Reigning champion Stanford resides in the top spot of the final fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings with 545 points after the football team ranked 26th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
The UCLA Bruins remain in 2nd place with 497.5 points, earning a 10th place finish in football. North Carolina stays in 3rd with 434.50 points, 25 points coming from a 48th finish in football. Penn State earned 45 points in football with a 26th place finish to remain in 4th place. After a Cotton Bowl victory earning them a 5th place finish in football, Michigan State moves into 5th place with 348 points.
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with four institutions in the top 10 - Stanford (1st), UCLA (2nd), Washington (7th) and Oregon (10th).
To date, all nine fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's cross country - Michigan State; men's cross country - Colorado; field hockey - Connecticut; women's soccer - Florida State; men's soccer - Virginia; men's water polo -UCLA; women's volleyball - Penn State; FCS football - North Dakota State; FBS football - Ohio State.
The first Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, March 19.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. 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 fall season.Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visitwww.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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