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FLORIDA STATE RANKS AS TOP ATHLETIC PROGRAM

Dec. 2, 2010

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Proudly displayed in the Great Hall of Florida State’s Moore Athletic Center is the trophy given to the Seminoles last year in recognition of their Top 5 finish in the Learfield Director’s Cup. Perhaps FSU needs to build a bigger trophy case.

The first Director’s Cup point standings of 20010-11 were released today and Florida State ranks as the top athletics program in the country. The Seminoles, buoyed by national runner-up finishes in both men’s and women’s cross country, an Elite Eight finish in women’s soccer and a berth in the NCAA volleyball championships that begin on Friday, are actually ahead of last year’s school-record pace.

Florida State placed every one of its sports into NCAA postseason championship play last year to earn a spot among the five best overall programs in the country. The fifth place finish came after three straight Top 15 finishes and FSU has finished among the nation’s Top 30 programs since 2003-04.

FSU’s football program is in position to provide more points than it did a year ago with the potential for an ACC Championship and BCS bowl appearance that will be reflected in the next update.

FSU’s Director’s Cup History

2009-10 5
2008-09 15
2007-08 15
2006-07 15
2005-06 17
2004-05 30
2003-04 22
2002-03 38
2001-02 39
2000-01 35
1999-00 46
1998-99 39
1997-98 46
1996-97 49
1995-96 24
1994-95 24
1993-94 25

Florida State has finished in the Top 15 for four st7raight years.
Florida State has never finished outside of the Top 50 overall programs.
Florida State has finished among the Top 30 for seven straight years.
Florida State has finished among the Top 25 nine times in the 17-year history of the Cup.

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RELEASE FROM NACDA

Florida State Leads First Set of Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

CLEVELAND – Florida State is the leader after the first fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The Seminoles lead Syracuse by 12 points, 180-168. Florida State accumulated their 180 points by having both their men’s and women’s cross country teams finish second at the Division I national championships.

The Syracuse Orange finished fifth in women’s field hockey, 10th in women’s cross country and 14th in men’s cross country.

The Tigers of Princeton (NJ) are in the third place spot after finishing fifth in women’s field hockey, 12th in men’s cross country and 15th in women’s cross country for a total of 159 points.

Stanford is currently in fourth place with 156 points after placing fourth in men’s cross country, ninth in women’s field hockey and 13th in women’s cross country.

Rounding out the top-five is Virginia. The Cavaliers finished third in women’s field hockey, 17th in men’s cross country and 21st in women’s cross country, bringing their point total to 155.

Three of the eight fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following
institutions capturing titles: men’s cross country – Oklahoma State; women’s cross country – Villanova; women’s field hockey – Maryland.

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. The next Division I standings will be released Thursday, December 16.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. 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 2010-11 athletics season marks its third year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly 40 years, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations. The company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, having broadcast over 50,000 games and coaches’ shows since it began working with flagship property Mizzou in 1975. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships feature strategic sponsorship platforms that include stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media,
hospitality, radio and television programming as well as game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports, which is an operating unit of Learfield Communications, Inc., visit learfieldsports.com.

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