Jan. 12, 2012
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A successful fall semester has propelled Florida State into second place in the latest Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings released Thursday.
The Seminoles currently boast 351 points heading into spring-semester competition, which trails only Stanford among Division I institutions.
Points are awarded in accordance with each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 men’s and 10 women’s. FSU capped off the 2011 calendar year when the football team defeated Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. In the final polls of the year, the ‘Noles football team finished 23rd overall.
Both the volleyball and women’s soccer teams experienced tremendous success in their respective seasons as both made it to the Final Four round of their sports’ tournaments before both ultimately finishing third overall. The women’s cross country team added a fourth-place in the national meet to the points total and the men’s cross country team ended its season in 12th place.
“The best way to describe the fall is to call it incredible,” Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman said. “Our women’s teams all finished in the final four and they competed so well all year. The men’s cross country team performed the way that they did and the football team finished 23rd in the rankings so it’s a great credit to our student-athletes and our coaches and our drive for excellence.”
Florida State is one of four Atlantic Coast Conference institutions in the top 10 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. North Carolina is currently third, Maryland is eighth and Duke is ninth.
FSU finished ninth in the standings last year after finishing fifth a year prior.
The first updated standings for the winter months will be released on March 22.
“It puts a lot of pressure on the other teams here moving forward but that’s what it’s all about,” Spetman said. “I just think it really illustrates the great program – both academically and athletically — that we have here at Florida State.”