Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings|
April 21, 2011
Stanford Keeps Top Spot in Final Winter Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings; Big Ten Places Four Institutions in Top 10
Stanford again finds itself in the top spot in the final winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings with 1048.50 total points. The Cardinal most recently captured the institution's 100th national championship by taking home the national crown in men's gymnastics and earned additional points through a 25th place finish in women's gymnastics.
Retaining its second place ranking with 886.30 points is Ohio State. The Buckeyes garnered finishes of seventh in men's gymnastics and 13th place in women's gymnastics during the latest set of Division I championships.
Penn State remains in third with 864.05 points. The Nittany Lions turned in results of sixth in men's gymnastics and 13th in women's gymnastics.
North Carolina is in fourth with 769.50 points after finishing 19th in women's gymnastics.
Making the jump from 15th place to fifth is Michigan. The Wolverines increased their point total to 727.00 after finishing second in men's ice hockey, fifth in men's gymnastics and sixth in women's gymnastics.
The Big Ten has set the pace going into the spring championships by placing four of its member institutions in the top 10. Big Ten institutions in the top 10 include Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin (ninth).
All 15 winter NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's basketball - Texas A&M; men's basketball - Connecticut; women's bowling - Maryland Eastern Shore; fencing - Notre Dame; women's gymnastics - Alabama; men's gymnastics - Stanford; women's ice hockey - Wisconsin; men's ice hockey - Minnesota Duluth; rifle - Kentucky; skiing - Colorado; women's swimming & diving - California; men's swimming and 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 first Division I spring 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.