Stanford and Lindsey Wilson win Learfield Directors’ Cup Titles
CLEVELAND – Stanford won 22nd Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup this year, while the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson captured its first NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup. Both Stanford and Lindsey Wilson will be honored at the 2016 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon today.
Prior to baseball ending, the Cardinal tallied 1526.00 total points, scoring in the maximum 20 sports (10 men’s, 10 women’s sports), including a national championships in women’s tennis and men’s soccer. Ohio State is in second with 1303.50 points, including a national title in men’s volleyball and runner-up finishes in rowing and fencing. In third is Michigan with 1196.75 points and five top-five finishes. USC is in fourth with 1196.25 total points and a pair of national championships (beach volleyball and women’s water polo). Rounding out the top five is Florida with 1104 points, taking home a national title in men’s outdoor track and field.
The Pac 12 leads all conferences with four teams in the top-10 – Stanford (1st), USC (4th), UCLA (6th) and Oregon (10th).
Lindsey Wilson scored in the maximum 12 sports 12 (6 men’s/6 women’s sports), having one score omitted on the women’s side and two scores omitted on the men’s side. The Blue Raiders recorded a pair of runner-up on the women’s side, tennis and soccer, and recorded a third place finish in men’s tennis, its highest finish on the men’s side. Oklahoma City finished second overall this year, recording 777 total points, capturing three national titles, two on the men’s side, golf and cross country and one in softball on the women’s side. Wayland Baptist scored 750 points to finish third overall. The Pioneers captured the national championship in women’s indoor track and field. Olivet Nazarene has finished in the top five with 735.50 total points with its highest finish coming on the men’s side, the national title in track and field. Finishing out the top five is Indiana Wesleyan with 646 total points, scoring in 10 total sports, including a national title in men’s basketball.
The Sooner and Crossroads Conferences led all conferences with two institutions each in the top 10.
The final Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup standings will be released following the baseball championship.
The Learfield 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 in Division I – 10 men’s and 10 women’s; and 12 sports in the NAIA – six women’s and six men’s.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring 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: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic department’s at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; licensing and trademark consulting; digital platform expertise; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies. For more about Learfield’s history, businesses and career opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.