Jan. 10, 2003
Bowling Green, Ky. - The Western Kentucky University athletic program stands in 32nd place following the final fall standings for the 2002-03 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors' Cup. Aided by its first-ever football national championship, Western has accumulated 125 points thus far to place 32nd out of the nation's 300 plus Division I universities.
The WKU football team earned 100 points for winning the I-AA national championship, a 34-14 victory over McNeese State on Dec. 20. The Lady Topper volleyball team captured the other 25 points, by winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to earn their first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2000-01, the Hilltoppers totaled 65 points for the year. That number increased to 75 last season. This year, WKU is one of 43 teams to have scored more than 100 points during the fall season. Stanford leads the overall NACDA standings with 443 points, having benefitted from a men's cross country title, as well as three NCAA runner-up finishes.