ELMHURST, Ill. - Summit League member Denver claimed the 2013-14 Learfield Sports DI-AAA Directors Cup, finishing in the top spot among DI-AAA and FCS schools in the final rankings. The Pioneers led five Summit League institutions in the rankings.
Denver finished ahead of all non-football schools to win its sixth cup in seven years and its 43rd overall placing marked the school’s all-time best finish. The Pioneers earned points from NCAA appearances in eight Summit League sponsored sports: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf.
North Dakota State, which placed No. 81 overall, had the ninth-highest point total among FCS institutions and was 13th among non-FBS schools.
South Dakota (164th overall), South Dakota State (211) and IUPUI (258) rounded out the five Summit League schools in the final Directors’ Cup rankings.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at DirectorsCup.org
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.
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ABOUT LEARFIELD SPORTS
A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for 40 years, the company has titled the acclaimed Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup for five consecutive years. Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations, and is deeply integrated in collegiate ticket sales. The company’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. Today, Learfield Sports’ exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,000 radio stations. To learn more its history and collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.