AState's Greatest Athletic Year Ever?

Will the 2013-14 academic year be the greatest year of Arkansas State athletics ever? By one measure, it already is AState's greatest athletic year ever.

Arkansas State has already scored a school record number of points in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup.

AState is currently ranked 74th in the cup standings with 186 points, already 62.5 points more than last year's total and last year's 123.5 points was nearly double 2011-12's 65 points.

The Cup, which is a program of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, awards points to schools for their performance in NCAA post-season. A championship is worth 100 points and lesser points are awarded for the school's placement in the final field. In calculating a school's points, the cup only considers the ten best finishes a school has in men's sports and ten best finishes in women's sports. In football, the final polls determine placing with every unranked bowl winner placed in a tie for 26th place, unranked bowl losers do not score.

The cup winner will be announced in late June after the College World Series. Thirteen sports championships remain to be determined. For men the remaining sports are: volleyball, tennis, outdoor track and field, lacrosse, golf, and baseball. The remaining women's sports are:  water polo, tennis, softball, rowing, outdoor track and field, lacrosse, and golf. AState does not sponsor seven of the remaining sports but has the possibility to score more points.

UL Lafayette is the next highest ranked Sun Belt team after AState with 70 points putting them in 146th place but the Cajuns are likely to collect points in at least three more sports.

ARKANSAS STATE'S CUP HISTORY

Year

Ranking

Points

2013-14

74

186

2012-13

135

123.5

2011-12

200

65

2010-11

229

40

2009-10

199

55

2008-09

235

25

2007-08

156

90

2006-07

280

15.5

2005-06

???

???

2004-05

???

???

2003-04

--

--

2002-03

--

--

2001-02

--

--

2000-01

180

57

1999-00

134

102.5

1998-99

214

10

1997-98

--

--

1996-97

237

5.5

1995-96

208

24.5

1994-95

196

24.5

1993-94

175

43.5

Note ??? represents years when the available standings only went to 100th place. AState may have scored but it is not recorded by NACDA.

Note – represents years when Arkansas State failed to score in the Cup standings.