Monday, April 09, 2012 | Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Softball, Track & Field, Athletics
With eight spring championships remaining, Missouri State holds a slight lead in the 2012-13 Missouri Valley Conference all-sports trophy race. Wichita State is currently second, Illinois State is third, and Creighton ranks fourth.
Missouri State finished second last year, and last won the MVC all-sports trophy in 2002-03. Wichita State was the 2010-11 Missouri Valley Conference all-sports champion. Wichita State has won six of the past eight MVC all-sports crowns (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, and 2010-11) and owns a league-best 18 all-sports trophies.
Missouri State 2.25
Wichita State 2.57
Illinois State 3.33
Winners, Last 10 Seasons
2001-02 Missouri State
2002-03 Missouri State
2003-04 Wichita State
2004-05 Wichita State
2005-06 Wichita State
2006-07 Wichita State
2007-08 Illinois State
2008-09 Wichita State
2009-10 Illinois State
2010-11 Wichita State
Either Illinois State, Missouri State or Wichita State, meanwhile, has earned the league’s all-sports championship trophy every year since 1995. Illinois State won five of six all-sports championships from 1996-2001, while Missouri State claimed the league’s trophy in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
The All-Sports Trophy is based on a school’s average finish in each of the sponsored championships by the Missouri Valley Conference. Teams are awarded one point for first, two for second, three for third, etc., and the total accumulated points are divided by the number of sports in which a particular school competes. Finishes in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball are based on regular-season competition. All other sports are determined by finish at the championship tournament or championship meet.
Meanwhile, UNI leads the MVC in the Division I Learfield Cup Standings through the winter sports seasons.
The Learfield Cup measures overall competitive success on a national level among all 300+ Division I schools. UNI currently stands at #71 on this list, which is first in the MVC; ahead of all but one school in the CAA, Conference USA and the MAC; ahead of all A-10, WAC, Sun Belt institutions; and ahead of 13 schools from the resource heavy ACC, Big East, Pac 12, Big 10, Big 12 and SEC
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was 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.
Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
About Learfield Sports: The 2011-12 athletics season marks its fourth year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly four decades, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate properties, including flagship Mizzou, which it has represented since 1975. An operating unit of Learfield Communications, the company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and creates nearly 7,000 radio game broadcasts and coaches’ shows each year. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships also feature comprehensive corporate sponsorship platforms, official university publications, Internet, digital media, hospitality and game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports’ expertise, its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.