Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings|
April 7, 2011
Stanford Maintains Lead in Winter Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings; ACC and Big Ten Each Place Three Institutions in Top 10
Stanford has retained the overall lead in the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 902 points. The Cardinal placed third in both men’s swimming and diving and women’s basketball and 10th in fencing.
Ohio State moved into second place with 772 points after finishing fifth in fencing, ninth in both men’s and women’s basketball and 11th in men’s swimming and diving.
Penn State has 740.75 points with a runner-up finish in fencing, a 17th place showing in women’s basketball, 26th finish in men’s swimming and diving and a 33rd in men’s basketball.
North Carolina is in fourth with 717 total points. The Tar Heels turned in finishes of fifth in men’s basketball, ninth in women’s basketball, 14th in men’s swimming and diving and 19th in fencing.
Florida State has earned 670.50 points to rank fifth overall. The Seminoles finished ninth in men’s basketball, 17th in women’s basketball and 23rd in men’s swimming and diving.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Big Ten have each placed three institutions in the Top 10. ACC institutions in the Top 10 include North Carolina, Florida State and Duke (sixth). Big Ten institutions in the Top 10 are Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin (seventh).
Eleven winter NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s basketball - Texas A&M; men’s basketball – Connecticut; men’s swimming and diving – California; fencing – Notre Dame; 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; and wrestling – Penn State.
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.
The final Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, April 21, 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.