Ducks Top-25 Finisher In Directors' Cup

EUGENE – The University of Oregon completed its third top-25 finish in four years in the final 2011-12 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings released Tuesday.

The Ducks registered 747.25 total points and accumulated points in 11 allowable sports to finish 24th in this year's all-sport standings. Yet the most impressive aspect of the competition is that Oregon finished as the top program in the country among schools sponsoring 18 NCAA championship sports or less. In addition, the University boasts one of only five athletic departments in the nation among the top-50 Directors' Cup finishers sponsoring 18 or fewer sports.

The Learfield Sports Directors Cup recognizes the accomplishments of colleges and universities maintaining a broad-based athletic program. Schools are awarded points based on their national finish in up to 20 sports (10 men's, 10 women's), with the Ducks receiving credit for their national finishes in football, women's volleyball, women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's golf, baseball, softball, as well as men's and women's outdoor track & field.

Fueling the school's amazing run were the 430.25 points garnered during the spring season, which included a second-place national finish by the women's outdoor track team, third in men's golf, fifth-place points in softball and ninth-place points in both baseball and men's track.

Eight different UO sports programs finished their seasons among the nation's top 10, with women's indoor track & field (1st, 100 pts.), football (4th, 80 pts.), and women's cross country (5th, 75 pts.) joining the elite spring finishes.

Stanford accumulated top honors for the 18th straight year with a total of 1,448.25 points, as the Pac-12 Conference led the country with six schools finishing among the nation's top-25. Complete Directors' Cup standings may be found by clicking on the following link - http://www.nacda.com/directorscup/nacda-directorscup-current-scoring.html.

About Learfield Sports: The 2011-12 athletics season marks its fourth 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. 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.


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