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July 3, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A school record point total has lifted Penn State to its highest finish in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup in 10 years and another Top 10 placing.
Twenty-one of the Nittany Lions' 31 varsity teams participated in their respective NCAA Championship in 2012-13, boosting Penn State to No. 6 in the final Directors' Cup standings. Penn State earned its ninth Top 10 finish in the 20 years of the Directors' Cup, posting its highest finish since placing No. 5 in the 2002-03 standings. The Nittany Lions' last Top 10 finish was No. 9 in 2007-08.
Penn State earned 1,100.00 Directors' Cup points in 2012-13 to break its previous high of 1,041 points from the 2007-08 academic year. The Nittany Lions were No. 3 in the 2012-13 final winter Directors' Cup standings and No. 8 after the fall standings.
Stanford won its 19th consecutive Directors' Cup with 1,261.75 points. Florida was second (1,244.75), followed by UCLA (1,227.25), Michigan (1,138.25), Texas A&M (1,131.50) and Penn State (1,100.00). Oklahoma, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Georgia rounded out the Top 10.
Penn State is one of only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the Directors' Cup Top 25 in all 20 years, joined by Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
Penn State student-athletes won a school record 11 conference championships in 2012-13, including a record eight Big Ten crowns, adding Big Ten titles in women's outdoor track and field, women's basketball and wrestling to the fall crowns by field hockey (regular season and tournament), men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball. Penn State has won 81 Big Ten Championships all-time.
The men's and women's lacrosse and men's volleyball teams also won or shared their conference crowns.
The Penn State wrestling team, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, won its third straight NCAA Wrestling Championship, continuing a run of dominance that began in Philadelphia in 2011. The Nittany Lions also crowned two NCAA individual national champions as Ed Ruth (Harrisburg), and Quentin Wright (Wingate) each claimed their second career NCAA titles.
The national wrestling title gives Penn State 12 NCAA Championships (in five different sports) since March, 2007, tied with USC for the most in the nation over the past six years. Penn State has won 23 NCAA Championships since 1993-94, its first full year in the Big Ten Conference, more than double every other Big Ten institution. The Nittany Lions have won 69 team national championships all-time.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings were 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 -- 10 women's and 10 men's.
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