June 17, 1997
MSU Finishes 31st in Sears Cup Standings
Spartans Jump from 40th Place Finish Last Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State finished 31st in the nation in the Sears Directors' Cup, presented annually by the nation's athletic directors to the institution with the best all-around athletics program in each of the NCAA's three divisions and the NAIA. Stanford won the Division I trophy for the third consecutive year.
Michigan State has had steady improvement in the rankings over the past three years, moving from 76th place in 1994-95 to 40th last year.
Points are awarded based upon 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. Among other sports, MSU earned points for its performance in women's basketball, women's gymnastics, hockey, women's track and field, softball, volleyball and wrestling, all of which finished their respective seasons in the top 25 in the nation.
Final 1996-97 Sears Directors' Cup Standings