Penn State No. 3 in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Final Winter Standings
Nittany Lions Have Won Seven Big Ten Titles En Route to Eighth Consecutive Top 5 Winter Finish
April 29, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Following a superlative winter sports campaign, highlighted by its third consecutive NCAA Wrestling Championship, Penn State has moved up to No. 3 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final winter standings.
The Nittany Lions earned their eighth consecutive Top 5 finish in the final winter standings, finishing in the Top 5 for the 15th time in the 20 years the Directors' Cup has been tabulated. Penn State was No. 8 in the 2012 final fall standings.
Penn State has 857.00 total points, with 533.50 coming from NCAA winter championships. The Nittany Lions finished first in wrestling, third in fencing, fourth in men's gymnastics, ninth in men's track and field, tied for 17th in women's basketball, 19th in women's gymnastics, 20th in men's swimming and diving and 29th in women's swimming and diving.
Michigan leads the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup with 914.25 points. Stanford, which has won 18 consecutive Directors' Cup titles, is second with 902.75 points, followed by Penn State (857.00), Florida (748.50) and Notre Dame (743.0) to round out the top five. Minnesota is No. 7, giving the Big Ten a nation's best three institutions in the Top 10.
The Penn State wrestling team, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, won its third straight NCAA Wrestling Championship, continuing a run of dominance that began in Philadelphia in 2011. The Nittany Lions also crowned two NCAA individual national champions as Ed Ruth (Harrisburg), and Quentin Wright (Wingate) each claimed their second career NCAA titles.
The national wrestling title gives Penn State 12 NCAA Championships (in five different sports) since March, 2007, tied with USC for the most in the nation over the past six years. Penn State has won 23 NCAA Championships since 1993-94, its first full year in the Big Ten Conference, more than double every other Big Ten institution. The Nittany Lions have won 69 team national championships all-time.
Penn State has won a school record seven Big Ten Championships in 2012-13, adding titles in women's basketball (second consecutive) and wrestling (third straight) to the fall crowns by field hockey (regular season and tournament), men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball. Penn State has won 80 Big Ten Championships all-time.The Nittany Lions placed No. 12 in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup to earn their 14th Top 15 finish. Penn State is one of only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the Top 25 in all 20 years, joining Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings were 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.
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