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Penn State Athletics: Nittany Lions Place Fifth In Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

by on July 10, 2014 6:00 AM

Three national titles and eight Big Ten championships led the way as Penn State earned its first top five finish in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings in 11 years, earning a school record point total for the second consecutive year.

By the end of the year, Penn State compiled 1,113.00 points to finish No. 5, surpassing last year's previous record total of 1,100.00 points.

The Nittany Lions were the only Big Ten Conference institution to place in the top 10. At one point Penn State was tied for the national lead by winning three NCAA Championships (fencing, women's volleyball and wrestling).

Penn State's finish was the first top five finish in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings since placing No. 5 in 2002-03. Penn State earned its fifth top five finish and secured its 10th top 10 finish in the 21 years the Directors' Cup has existed.

Stanford won the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup with 1,482.00 points. Florida (1216.50), Notre Dame (1128.25), Virginia (1118.50) and Penn State (1113.00) round out the top five, followed by Texas (1093.00), UCLA (1078.50), USC (1063.75), Duke (1051.00) and Texas A&M (1022.00).

The Nittany Lions are one of only eight programs nationwide to finish in the top 25 in all 21 years of the Directors' Cup competition. In addition, the 20 conference championships during the past two years is the most in the school's history over any two-year span.

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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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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