Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University posted another strong showing in the final 2007-08 Division I United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup Standings, which are based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports – 10 men’s and 10 women’s. The Hilltoppers, who ranked 122nd overall out of 341 Division I institutions, were ranked ahead of Big East members Cincinnati (164) and Marquette (197) along with other standout programs including Air Force (123), Xavier (124), North Carolina-Charlotte (140), Southern Mississippi (166), UAB (183), Gonzaga (201) and George Mason (223).
“Today’s collegiate landscape is more competitive than ever, and success does not come easily and without significant sacrifices,” said WKU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig. “I am so proud of our coaches, student-athletes and staff for their hard work, dedication and loyalty. This ranking is a tremendous validation of their efforts. While this ranking is based on athletics, I am equally proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes in the classroom. We are succeeding while also doing things the right way.”
The 2007-08 season was a historic one for the university. WKU captured the Sun Belt Conference’s all sports trophy, the Vic Bubas Cup, for the fourth time in the last seven years. The Hilltoppers’ 10 regular season or tournament championships was an all-time conference record and were more than any school in all of the 11 BCS Conferences.
WKU had 158 individuals make the league’s Commissioner’s List and Academic Honor Roll in 2007-08, marking the fourth consecutive year the Hilltoppers have had more individuals honored academically by the Sun Belt than any other conference school. WKU student-athletes who have fulfilled their eligibility since 1999 have an 87 percent graduation rate. Additionally, WKU has won 55 league championships in that time span, an average of more than six per season. Nine of the 19 programs currently have a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher, while 45 percent of the student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The Directors’ Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA Today to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III and the NAIA. Stanford had the top score among all Division I programs.
The U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program’s sponsor. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s Web site at www.nacda.com.