FSU 11th In Learfield Directors' Cup Standings

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University currently ranks 11th nationally of nearly 300 NCAA Division II institutions in the first spring Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the 2011-12 campaign.

The Bulldogs presently have 449.25 points this campaign and are among three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) schools in the top 11 nationally along with Grand Valley State (2nd) and Ashland (3rd).

Grand Canyon (Arizona) presently ranks first nationally with a high of 833.00 points while GVSU is next in line with 724.00 points. Ashland is presently third (609.50) with Augustana (S.D.) in fourth place (595) and Indianapolis fifth (534.75) in the top five overall.

To date, six spring NCAA championships have been completed. The final Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for the year will be published upon the conclusion of the spring campaign on June 6.

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. 

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.

The 2011-12 athletics season marks its fourth 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.

The current Division II listing includes 218 schools that have recorded at least 25 points during the 2011-12 athletics season. FSU has scored 135.50 points to date this spring with 51 by the women's golf team, 50 from men's tennis and 34.5 by women's golf. The Bulldogs recorded 197.75 points during the winter season after scoring 116 points in the fall.

Earlier this week, Ferris State placed third in the final 2011-12 GLIAC President's Trophy Standings as the Bulldogs secured a top-five finish for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.  It was the program's highest finish since the 2007-08 season when FSU also was third among all league schools.

FSU captured conference divisional crowns this past year in volleyball, women's basketball and men's basketball while the men's tennis team won the GLIAC Tournament.  A total of five Bulldog teams experienced championship success with the program's Division I men's ice hockey team claiming the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Regular-Season Championship en route to the national title game at the Frozen Four. 

A total of eight Bulldog teams have had representation in the NCAA Tournament during the 2011-12 athletics campaign, including men's golf, men's ice hockey, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's track and field along with volleyball.

This year could end up as the Bulldogs' highest finish ever in the Directors Cup standings, which date back to the 1995-96 season. The highest-placing ever for Ferris State was in the 2004-05 season when the Bulldogs finished in 21st place with 387.5 total points. Additionally, Ferris State's current 449.25 total points this year is already the best figure in school history, topping the 414.50 points in 2006-07 when FSU finished 28th nationally. In all, the Bulldogs have placed in the top 40 eight times over the last 16 years.

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Ferris State's final finishes in the Directors' Cup (last 16 years)

Year - Place - Points
1995-96 -- 68thT -- 98.0
1996-97 -- 64thT -- 8.5
1997-98 -- 34thT -- 140.0
1998-99 -- 45thT -- 110.0
1999-00 -- 53rd -- 180.0
2000-01 -- 37th -- 265.5
2001-02 -- 36thT -- 259.5
2002-03 -- 37th -- 317.5
2003-04 -- 45th -- 285.0
2004-05 -- 21st -- 387.5
2005-06 -- 35th -- 316.0
2006-07 -- 28th -- 414.5
2007-08 -- T60th -- 282.0
2008-09 -- 32nd -- 391.25
2009-10 -- 63rd -- 282.75
2010-11 -- 53rd -- 291.0
2011-12 -- Currently 11th with 449.25 points