Penn State finishes No. 2 in Learfield Cup winter standings
UNIVERSITY PARK – For the 13th consecutive year, Penn State Athletics has placed in the Top 5 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup final winter standings.
Powered by the wrestling team’s seventh NCAA Championship in the past eight years, the Nittany Lions are No. 2 in the final winter standings, maintaining their No. 2 ranking after the fall sports season. Penn State has placed No. 2 in the final winter standings in three of the past five years and improved from No. 3 in the 2017 final winter tally and No. 5 in the final 2016 winter standings.
Penn State has finished in the Top 10 in the final winter rankings in 24 of the 25 years of the Directors’ Cup, with a total of 20 Top 5 finishes. The last time the Nittany Lions finished outside the Top 5 in the winter standings was in 2004-05.
The Nittany Lions’ 889.25 Directors’ Cup points are 103 more than the 786 points they had accumulated in the 2017 final winter standings.
Stanford leads the Directors’ Cup and is followed by Penn State (889.25 points), Michigan (881.5), Ohio State (830.75), North Carolina State (722.75), Notre Dame (628.5), Minnesota (613.5), Texas (612.5), UCLA (603) and Florida (588). The Big Ten leads all conferences with four schools in the Top 10.
Penn State and Stanford are the nation’s only institutions to place in the Top 5 in the final winter Directors’ Cup standings in each of the past 13 years. The Nittany Lions and Cardinal also are the nation’s only institutions to place in the Top 10 in the final fall Directors’ Cup standings in each of the past 11 years.
A total of 15 Penn State teams have participated in their respective NCAA Championships thus far in 2017-18 and the Nittany Lion football team won the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.