March 18, 2013

FSU Athletics Among Nation's Top 25 Schools In Current All-Sports Listing

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department continues to rank among the nation's top 25 overall programs out of nearly 300 NCAA Division II institutions, according to the first winter listing of schools in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the 2012-13 campaign.

FSU has compiled 226.50 total points to date this year and ranks 23th nationally in the most recent rankings.  The Bulldogs totaled 165 points in the fall and added 61.5 points to date in the winter season by virtue of a 14th-place finish in women's indoor track and field, which was aided by the national championship effort of standout Anna Rudd in the 5,000 meters.

Ferris State previously earned points in the fall on a 13th-place national finish in men's cross country and a 22nd-place performance in women's cross country along with a 17th-place tying finish by women's volleyball, which received an NCAA Tournament berth.

Ferris State is currently listed third of four Great lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member schools found in the top 25 nationally.  Grand Valley State ranks first with Saginaw Valley State 19th and Findlay 25th in the initial winter listing.

Last year, Ferris State concluded the 2011-12 campaign with a school-best 15th-place national finish. FSU compiled 514.50 points overall last campaign, which was also the school's highest point production since the standings were implemented.
 
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. 

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

Besides placing 15th nationally a year ago, Ferris State placed third in the final 2011-12 GLIAC President's Trophy Standings as the Bulldogs secured a top-five finish for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.  It was the program's highest finish since the 2007-08 season when FSU also was third among all league schools.

The 2012-13 athletics season marks Learfield Sports' fifth 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.

Today, Learfield Sports’ exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming.

To learn more about Learfield Sports’ expertise, its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.