The winter athletic season has given Penn State boost in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings. The Nittany Lions have moved up to No. 4 in the national rankings, up from No. 7 and stand just eight points from the third place position. The top five programs are:
1. Stanford (744.25 points)
2. Wisconsin (572.00)
3. Michigan (540.25)
4. Penn State (532.75)
5. USC (492.00)
Penn State's advancement into the current top five of the Directors' Cup has largely been built on the wrestling program's sixth NCAA national championship in seven years, as well as the Big Ten Champion women's track and field team's 10th place finish (tied with Stanford) in the NCAA Championships.
Directors' Cup points earned by the men's hockey, fencing, swimming and diving teams and gymnastics teams from their respective NCAA Championship performances will be added to the total scores in April.
The Nittany Lions earned its 10th consecutive Top 10 finish for the fall season in 2016. Penn State and Stanford are the only athletic programs nationally to with Top 10 finishes in the final fall Directors' Cup standings every year over the past decade.
Penn State is looking for its 12th straight Directors' Cup Top 5 finish in the final winter standings.