Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Stanford Leads the Final Fall Division I LSDC Standings; The ACC with Five Institutions in Top 10

CLEVELAND (Jan. 9, 2014) – The reigning champion Stanford Cardinal added to their lead in the final fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings after the football team ranked 10th in the final USA Today/Coaches poll. They end the fall with a total of 461.25 points.

Michigan State jumped into second thanks to its Rose Bowl victory and has 382.5 points. The Florida State Seminoles moved into third after capturing the BCS National Championship and have 351.5 total points. North Carolina moved up to fourth thanks to a bowl victory and now has a total of 333 points. After dropping three spots, Virginia completes the top five and still has 323 points.

The ACC leads all conferences with five institutions in the top 10 – Florida State (3rd), North Carolina (4th), Virginia (5th), Notre Dame (8th), and Duke (9th).

To date, all nine fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Providence; men’s cross country – Colorado; field hockey – Connecticut; women’s soccer – UCLA; men’s soccer – Notre Dame; men’s water polo – USC; women’s volleyball – Penn State; FCS football – North Dakota State; FBS football – Florida 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 winter standings will be released Thursday, March 27.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall 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: In its four decades, Learfield has developed trusted, long-term relationships with some of the most revered institutions and associations in the world of collegiate athletics. Learfield Sports owns the exclusive multimedia rights to over 50 of the leading college programs in the country and has prominence in all of the major athletic conferences. Learfield’s rights encompass all athletic department media and sponsorships components, including stadium signage and numerous content distribution platforms. Those platforms deliver the passion of college athletics over radio, television and digital networks to fans globally, and Learfield’s exclusive sports programming reaches more than 56 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,100 radio stations. This marks the sixth consecutive year for the company to title the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. To learn more, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

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