WVU 20th in Latest Directors' Cup Standings

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • December 22, 2011 10:37 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University currently stands in 20th place in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings.

As the fourth-highest ranked team in the BIG EAST, WVU has compiled 141.0 points to date, with cross country, men’s soccer and women’s soccer contributing to the Mountaineers’ latest ranking; WVU ranked 14th in the Dec. 15 standings.

Seven BIG EAST schools rank in the top 50, with Louisville leading the way at No. 9 with 187.0 points. Connecticut (16th), Syracuse (17th), Georgetown (21st), Villanova (26th) and Marquette (38th) are also in the top 50.

Stanford leads all schools with 310.0 points, followed by North Carolina (304.0), UCLA (303.0), Florida State (300.0) and Penn State (239.0).

WVU has finished in the top 50 in the Directors’ Cup standings for four straight years, including last season’s 40th-place finish. WVU finished 37th in 2010, a school-best 30th in 2009 and 50th in 2008.

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 final fall Division I standings will be released Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.