Penn State ranks among top five nationally for overall athletic program

June 17, 2003

University takes fifth place in 2002-03 NACDA Directors' Cup standings

University Park, Pa. -- Another highly successful year for Penn State intercollegiate athletics has culminated in the Nittany and Lady Lions earning fifth place in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings, an all-sports competition among Division I institutions.

Penn State earned its fourth top five finish and seventh top 10 finish in the 10 years of the survey. The Lions have finished in the top five three times in the past five years. There were more than 300 eligible colleges and universities in Division I this year.

USA Today and NACDA, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, sponsor the all-sports competition. Scoring is determined by NCAA Championships finishes in 20 sports - 10 for men and 10 for women. Each NCAA champion receives 100 points, while second place is worth 90, third is worth 85 and so forth.

The Nittany Lions and Lady Lions earned 993 points in the survey. Stanford won its ninth consecutive Directors' Cup and has 1,330.5 points, a figure that will change depending on the Cardinal's finish in the NCAA College World Series. Stanford is followed by Ohio State (1,065.75), Michigan (1,034.5), Texas (1,011) and Penn State (993). The Longhorns will earn additional points depending on their finish in baseball. UCLA is sixth (943.25), with Florida (935.75), North Carolina (933.5), California (884.75) and Arizona State (860.75) rounding out the top 10.

Penn State placed third in the 1998-99 Directors' Cup, its highest finish. The Lions also were fifth in 1999-2000 and 1993-94, the program's inaugural year. The Lions also have finished eighth (1994-95), ninth (1995-96), 10th (2000-01), tied for 15th (1997-98), 20th (1996-97) and 24th (2001-02).

"It has been another tremendous year for our athletic teams and we're very pleased with our top five finish in the NACDA Directors' Cup," stated Tim Curley, director of athletics. "These results are a very positive reflection on our coaches and student-athletes on the great job they've done. We're delighted that with our broad-based program we were able have so much success, including 22 teams competing in their NCAA championships."

Featuring 29 varsity sports, 22 Nittany and Lady Lion programs were represented at their respective NCAA championships in 2002-03, tied for the second-highest total in school history, with 1995-96. The NCAA does not sponsor a championship for football, the University's 29th sport.

Eight programs finished 10th or higher in NCAA competition this year: fencing (second), field hockey (second), men's volleyball (tied for third), men's gymnastics (third), women's soccer (tied for third), men's soccer (tied for fifth), wrestling (sixth) and women's outdoor track and field (10th).

The women's outdoor track and field team provided the final point push for the Lions by placing 10th at last weekend's NCAA championships, the program's highest ever finish. Six Nittany Lions earned All-America honors, also tops in program history.

Four Penn State squads won Big Ten championships in 2002-03: men's soccer (tournament), women's soccer, women's basketball and men's gymnastics.

Penn State was one of six Big Ten Conference schools to finish in the top 25 in the NACDA Directors' Cup, joining Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota (11th), Wisconsin (24th) and Michigan State (25th). The Pacific-10 led all conferences with seven schools in the top 25 and the Big Ten was second with six.

The NACDA Directors' Cup point totals for all schools are final, except for the eight teams participating in the College World Series. Final standings will be announced later this month.

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