Ferris State Among Nation's Top 40 Of More Than 300 Division II Schools In First Spring All-Sports Listing

Ferris State Among Nation's Top 40 Of More Than 300 Division II Schools In First Spring All-Sports Listing

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University Athletics has climbed into the nation's top 40, or the upper 12 percent of more than 300 NCAA Division II schools, according to the latest release of the Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup all-sports standings recently released.

The Bulldogs are currently listed 39th in the nation in the first spring rankings with the final results set to be announced later this week.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the all-sports listing. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women’s and seven men’s. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.

FSU is currently one of five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schools found in the nation's top 40 of more than 300 institutions in the all-sports listing with 293.75 total points. Fellow GLIAC member Grand Valley State leads the first spring standings with 844.50 total points. West Florida came in second (563.50) with West Texas A&M third (507, Drury (Mo.) fourth (503) and Indianapolis fifth (501.50). A total of 232 schools have scored points to date this campaign.

Ferris State totaled 140.50 points in the fall season before netting 92.50 in the winter and scoring 60.75 to date in the spring season. FSU's spring points so far have come from women's golf, which made its 13th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The results to not yet include either men's golf or track and field from the spring campaign.

A year ago, the Bulldogs finished among the nation's top 10% in the Directors' Cup race by coming in 32nd overall. The finish came on the heels of a school-best 15th-place performance during the 2011-12 season. In all, the Bulldogs have placed in the nation's top 40 a total of 10 times over the last 18 years.

Recently, Ferris State also finished among the top six schools overall in the GLIAC President's Trophy race for the 39th time in school history and 16th in the last 17 years. FSU also recorded an upper-division league finish in the competition for the 41st time in the 42-year history since the trophy's inception in the 1972-73 campaign. 

The 2013-14 athletics season marks Learfield Sports'sixth year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly four decades, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate properties, including flagship Mizzou, which it has represented since 1975.

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.

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