WVU Seventh Midway Through Season

With the completion of the fall sports season, West Virginia University stands in seventh place in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.

The Mountaineers finished the fall with 273.5 points after football finished ranked sixth, women's soccer advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, women's cross country finished ninth at nationals and the men's soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16.

The seventh-place ranking is the highest WVU has ever placed in the Directors' Cup after the fall season, and the Mountaineers are the highest ranked Big East team.

California stands in first with 370 points, followed by USC (343), Stanford (315), Oregon (304), Penn State (303), Wake Forest (278), West Virginia (273.50), Connecticut (254), Texas (244.50) and Florida (243.50).

"We had outstanding success in the fall, and finishing seventh in the current Directors' Cup shows how well our teams performed," director of athletics Ed Pastilong says. "It is also important to note that not only did our teams perform well on the field, but also in the classroom, and we are very proud of our accomplishments."

The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports. The final standings will be published upon completion of the spring season.

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