April 11, 1997
MSU Moves up to 15th in Sears Director's Cup Standings
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State moved up 51 places in the latest Sears Director's Cup standings to 15th place after the winter season. MSU, which had been tied for 66th after the fall season in the ranking system which evaluates schools based on their overall athletic performance, was ranked No. 8 in the nation in the winter.
Michigan State's hockey, women's track and field, women's basketball and wrestling teams all were in the top 25 in the nation this winter. In addition to recording the nation's eighth-best performance this winter, MSU was third among Big Ten schools in the winter rankings and stands sixth in the Big Ten for the 1996-97 year.
The Sears Director's Cup honors the institution with the best all-around athletics program in each of the NCAA's three divisions and the NAIA. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in 22 sports -- nine core sports each for men and women and two wild card sports each for men and women.
The Sears Director's Cup Top 15 After the Winter Season:
1. Stanford 646.5 2. North Carolina 631.5 3. Nebraska 547.0 4. Texas 460.0 5. Colorado 443.5 6. Notre Dame 432.0 7. Florida 424.5 8. Minnesota 421.5 9. Wisconsin 400.5 10. Penn State 396.5 11. Michigan 369.0 12. Arizona 359.5 13. Ohio State 349.0 14. Kentucky 332.5 15. MICHIGAN STATE 330.5