Courtesy of NACDA
CLEVELAND -- Princeton leads all NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools, ranking 31st, in the April 7 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for the 2010-11 season.
The Tigers are at No. 31 with 351.0 points, after earning 167 points in the winter on the strength of finishing fourth in fencing and 33rd in both men's and women's basketball. Princeton earned 184 points from its fall sports.
Stanford retained the overall lead in the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 902 points. The Cardinal placed third in both men’s swimming and diving and women’s basketball and 10th in fencing.
Ohio State moved into second place with 772 points after finishing fifth in fencing, ninth in both men’s and women’s basketball and 11th in men’s swimming and diving.
Penn State has 740.75 points with a runner-up finish in fencing, a 17th place showing in women’s basketball, 26th finish in men’s swimming and diving and a 33rd in men’s basketball.
North Carolina is in fourth with 717 total points. The Tar Heels turned in finishes of fifth in men’s basketball, ninth in women’s basketball, 14th in men’s swimming and diving and 19th in fencing.
Florida State has earned 670.50 points to rank fifth
overall. The Seminoles finished ninth in men’s
basketball, 17th in women’s basketball and 23rd in
men’s swimming and diving.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Big Ten have each placed three institutions in the Top 10. ACC institutions in the Top 10 include North Carolina, Florida State and Duke (sixth). Big Ten institutions in the Top 10 are Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin (seventh).
Other Ivy League teams in the rankings were Penn (53rd), Cornell
(65th), Dartmouth (67th), Columbia (74th), Harvard (78th), Brown
(103rd) and Yale (154th).
Eleven winter NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s basketball - Texas A&M; men’s basketball – Connecticut; men’s swimming and diving – California; fencing – Notre Dame; women’s ice hockey - Wisconsin; rifle – Kentucky; skiing – Colorado; women’s swimming & diving – California; women’s indoor track & field – Oregon; men’s indoor track & field – Florida; and wrestling – Penn State.
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 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
The final Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, April 21.
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. You can also follow the standings on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.