By Phil Caskey for MSNsportsNET.com
April 29, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - With the conclusion of the winter NCAA championships, West Virginia University is currently No. 15 overall nationally and first in the BIG EAST Conference in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings with 553.00 points thus far.
Through winter competition’s conclusion, the Mountaineers earned 379 points to go with their 174 tallied from fall competition. WVU’s gymnastics team earned 52.5 points, completing the Mountaineers’ winter sports that earned points in the standings.
Rounding out the Top 5 in the BIG EAST were Notre Dame (31), Villanova (36), Connecticut (49) and Louisville (51).
Stanford stands in first place with 962 points, followed by Ohio State (813.50), Penn State (726.80), Florida (723) and Minnesota (681.75).
Two years ago, West Virginia finished with a school-best 30th-place finish in the Directors’ Cup standings. Last year, WVU finished in 50th place.
The Learfield Sports Director’s 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 first spring Division I standings will be released on June 3.