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Division I and NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

March 24, 2011

Wisconsin Scores Winter-High 291.50 Points in First Winter Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings; Big Ten Places Five Schools in Top 10

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Stanford has retained the overall lead in the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 674 points. The Cardinal placed fourth in women’s swimming & diving, eighth in men’s indoor track & field, 11th in wrestling and 15th in women’s indoor track & field.

Penn State has moved into second place with 528.25 points, Florida State is in third with 505.50 points, followed by fourth place Ohio State with 503 points and fifth place Wisconsin with 496.25 points.

The Big Ten is leading the way with five of its institutions currently in the top 10. Following Penn State (second), Ohio State (fourth) and Wisconsin (fifth), is Minnesota (ninth) and Indiana (10th).

Seven winter NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s ice hockey - Wisconsin; rifle – Kentucky; skiing – Colorado; women’s swimming & diving – California; women’s indoor track & field – Oregon; men’s indoor track & field – Florida; wrestling – Penn State.

The next Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, April 7, 2011.

Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Retains Lead in Final Winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings; Lindenwood (Mo.) Scores Winter-High 423.50 Points

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Azusa Pacific (Calif.) has maintained its first place ranking in the final winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The Cougars most recently captured the women’s Division I basketball crown and finished ninth in men’s Division I basketball to increase their point total to 691.50.

Lindenwood (Mo.) occupies the second place spot with 499.50 points, followed by Biola (Calif.) in third with 459.50 points, Simon Fraser (B.C.) in fourth with 444.50 points and California Baptist in fifth with 411 points.

The Golden State Athletic Conference continues to pace all conferences by having four of its member institutions in the top 10 (Azusa Pacific (Calif.) - first; Biola (Calif.) - third; California Baptist – fifth; Fresno Pacific (Calif.) – seventh).

All nine winter NAIA championships have been completed to date with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s Division I basketball – Azusa Pacific (Calif.); men’s Division I basketball – Pikeville (Ky.); women’s Division II basketball – Northwestern (Iowa); men’s Division II basketball – Cornerstone (Mich.); women’s swimming & diving - California Baptist; men’s swimming & diving - Fresno Pacific (Calif.); women’s indoor track & field - Oklahoma Baptist; men’s indoor track & field - Shorter (Ga.); men’s wrestling - Notre Dame (Ohio).

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 12 sports -- six women’s and six men’s.

The first spring NAIA standings will be released Thursday, June 3, 2011.

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 website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.

About Learfield Sports: The 2010-11 athletics season marks its third year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly 40 years, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations. The company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, having broadcast over 50,000 games and coaches’ shows since it began working with flagship property Mizzou in 1975. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships feature strategic sponsorship platforms that include stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality, radio and television programming as well as game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports, which is an operating unit of Learfield Communications, Inc., visit learfieldsports.com.