May 30, 2013

Ferris State Currently 28th Of More Than 300 D2 Schools In All-Sports Listing

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department continues to rank among the nation's top 30 overall programs out of more than 300 NCAA Division II institutions, according to the first spring listing of schools in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the 2012-13 campaign.

FSU has compiled 324.50 total points to date this year and ranks 28th nationally in the most recent rankings.  The Bulldogs totaled 165 points in the fall and added 61.5 points in the winter season to go with 98 points to date this spring.

The final standings for 2012-13 will be announced on Thursday, June 6, and include the remaining point totals from the other spring sports, which includes softball, men's golf along with men's and women's outdoor track and field for the Bulldogs.

Ferris State previously earned points in the fall on a 13th-place national finish in men's cross country and a 22nd-place performance in women's cross country along with a 17th-place tying finish by women's volleyball, which received an NCAA Tournament berth.  In the winter season, the Bulldogs received points via a 14th-place performance in women's indoor track.

Finally, this spring, FSU scored 47.5 points in women's golf and 50.5 points in men's tennis as both made NCAA appearances.

Ferris State is currently listed fourth of five Great lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member schools found in the top 30 nationally.  Grand Valley State ranks second with Ashland third, Findlay 27th, FSU 28th and Wayne State 29th in the initial spring listing.

Last year, Ferris State concluded the 2011-12 campaign with a school-best 15th-place national finish. FSU compiled 514.50 points overall last campaign, which was also the school's highest point production since the standings were implemented.
 
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 2012-13 athletics season marks Learfield Sports' fifth 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.

An operating unit of Learfield Communications, the company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and creates nearly 7,000 radio game broadcasts and coaches’ shows each year. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships also feature comprehensive corporate sponsorship platforms, official university publications, Internet, digital media, hospitality and game-day events.

Today, Learfield Sports’ exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming.

To learn more about Learfield Sports’ expertise, its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

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