November 27, 2011

FSU 20th In Learfield Directors' Cup Standings

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University currently ranks 20th nationally of more than 230 NCAA Division II institutions in the first Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings of the fall 2011-12 campaign.

The Bulldogs totaled 66 points by virtue of their eighth-place national meet finish in women's cross country and are among three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schools in the top 20 nationally along with Grand Valley State and Ashland.

Western State College (Colo.) presently ranks first nationally with a high of 190.00 points while Augustana (S.D.) is close behind with 172.00 points. Another Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference member, Adams State (Colo.), is tied for third place along with Grand Valley State, the defending Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Champions. Rounding out the top five is Chico State (Calif.) with 149.00 points.

To date, three fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Augustana (S.D.); men’s cross country – Western State (Colo.); field hockey - West Chester (Pa.).

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 14 sports -- seven women’s and seven men’s. The next Division II fall standings will be released Thursday, December 8.

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.

The 2011-12 athletics season marks its fourth year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly four
decades, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate properties, including flagship Mizzou, which it has represented since 1975.

An operating unit of Learfield Communications, the company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and creates nearly 7,000 radio game broadcasts and coaches’ shows each year. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships also feature comprehensive corporate sponsorship platforms, official university publications, Internet, digital media, hospitality and game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports’ expertise, its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.