The Athletic Department Finishes 48th in the Sears Directors' Cup Standings

June 27, 2001

The Oregon State University Athletic Department finished 48th out of 318 Division I programs in the final Sears Directors' Cup Standings. The finish is the highest ever for the department since the inception of the program in 1993-94, topping the 53rd placing in the first year.

The football program, women's basketball, gymnastics, men's golf, wrestling, softball, swimming, and men's crew competing in postseason competition bolstered Oregon State's finish. In addition, OSU student-athletes garnered 15 All-America honors, 12 Academic All-America or All-District honors, and numerous Pac-10 Conference honors.

'This has been a very special year for Oregon State University Athletics, with many highlights,' Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart said. 'Individual and team successes made the 2000-2001 academic year particularly enjoyable for not only the employees of OSU, but for our fans as well. Our highest finish in the Sears Cup indicates our coaches and student-athletes are committed to making their particular programs successful at the national level.'

The Sears Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between USA Today and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and awards points for team and individual finishes at the particular sports' national championship. The Waterford Crystal Cup is presented annually by the Sears, Roebuck and Co., to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country at the Division I, II, III and NAIA levels. A maximum of 20 intercollegiate sports, 10 men's and 10 women's, are calculated in the points total. Oregon State ranked among the highest institutions with less than 20 sports, having 14 Sears Cup qualifying programs.

The Pacific-10 Conference led the nation with seven member institutions finishing in the top-15, while the Big Ten Conference was a distant second with three schools in the top-15. The Southeastern Conference had two schools in the top-15, while the Atlantic Coast, Big VII, and Big East Conferences each had one representative.

'The final standings again emphasize that the Pac-10 Conference is the most difficult league in the country to compete in from top to bottom,' Barnhart added. 'Finishing in the top-50 is certainly gratifying for many people, and I want to congratulate the entire department for their efforts.'

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