UT athletics honored

The University of Tennessee placed third overall in the Excellence in Athletics Cup Rankings released by the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics (LSIA) at Texas A&M University.

"The 2005 Excellence in Athletics Cup recognizes all-around achievements of athletic departments, said Michael Sagas, director of LSIA. "It acknowledges and compares institutions that are similarly successful on the field or court along with a number of additional important indicators.

"The purpose of the award is to recognize schools that are excellent in academics and athletics. Duke and the other top finishers are universities that are the best of the best as they are effective both in and out of the classroom."

The rankings took all NCAA Division I athletic programs and conducted an analysis of how institutions compare in various areas, including on-field success, graduation rates and gender equity.

"We're thrilled to be ranked so high nationally. We take pride in our athletic program and strive for excellence in all men's and women's sports," said women's athletic director, Joan Cronan.

"It is truly a great honor for us to receive this recognition and is a great testament to our student-athletes, as well as our coaches and staff who work everyday to make sure that our student-athletes have every opportunity to succeed on and off the court," said men's athletic director, Mike Hamilton.

The 2005 national champion was Duke (860.5 pts), followed by Stanford (802.5 pts), Tennessee (726.5 pts), Florida (722 pts) and Texas (699 pts).

For more information on scoring rules and complete results visit http://lsia.tamu.edu .

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