Penn State Places Fourth in Latest Directors’ Cup Standings
After a strong showing in several fall sports, Penn State placed fourth in the most recent Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings.
Penn State currently has 338.0 Directors’ Cup points, and trails Stanford (500.0), UCLA (430.0), and North Carolina (405.50) in the standings. Michigan State, ranked eighth, is the only other Big Ten school in the top 10.
Penn State had an excellent fall season, with six teams competing in their respective NCAA Championships. The women’s volleyball team captured its second consecutive NCAA Championship with a straight set win over BYU, and the football team secured its first bowl win since 2010 with a comeback victory against Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The women’s soccer team capped off a successful season with a Big 10 title and an Elite 8 appearance, while the men’s soccer team reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament after going 13-6-1 in the regular season. Penn State also saw field hockey reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship and two cross country runners qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The Directors’ Cup was created by the NACDA and USA Today in 1993 to recognize widespread athletic achievements of Division I programs. Points are awarded based on the performance of 10 men’s sports and 10 women’s sports. Penn State finished No. 5 in the 2013-14 Directors’ Cup standings, and a top 10 finish for the Nittany Lions this year would be its 18th overall top 10 fall finish in the 22-year history of the Directors’ Cup.
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