Furman Ranks Among Nation's Leaders In Learfield Director's Cup Competition

Furman ranks 30th in Learfield Director's Cup Competition

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Following a strong fall athletics season that saw three of its teams qualify for NCAA competition, Furman ranks among top NCAA Division I schools in the Learfield Director's Cup competition, according to updated standings released today.

The standings, which reflect completed NCAA competition in eight sports — men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, FBS and FCS football, and volleyball, — have Furman with 173 points, good for 30th among all Division I programs and tops among Southern Conference schools. 

The standings include 209 schools that have accumulated points via NCAA Tournament competition thus far.

Furman's football team racked up 53 points following an 2017 season that saw the Paladins go 8-5 and advance into the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

The Furman men's and women's cross country teams each won their fifth-consecutive SoCon Championships in 2017.  The Paladin women, who placed second at the Southeast Region meet to earn the program's first trip to the NCAA Championships, finished seventh at the national meet, while the Paladin men, who claimed their first Southeast Region title in the fall, tied for 26th at the national championship meet.

In addition to its impressive national ranking, Furman holds commanding leads in both the Commissioner's Cup (men's) and Germann Cup (women's) SoCon all-sports competitions.

Furman has paced all SoCon schools in Learfield Director's Cup competition the last two years.

Given annually since 1994 to the school with the most successful, broad-based athletics program based on national finishes in both men's and women's sports,  the Learfield Directors' Cup was originally developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  In 1995 it was expanded to include Division II, III and the NAIA and, in 2011-12, expanded to include junior/community colleges.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information