CMU is Top MAC School in Final Directors? Cup Standings

MOUNT PLEASANT Central Michigan University finished as the highest-ranking Mid-American Conference school in the final standings for the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup, which is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors. The Directors’ Cup is an award that is given to the best overall collegiate athletics program in each NCAA division (I, II and III) and the NAIA.

CMU ranked 145th out of the 325 institutions that are classified as NCAA Division I athletic programs. The Chippewas totaled 105 points in the all-sport rankings to finish one point ahead of fellow MAC school Northern Illinois.

Two CMU programs scored points by virtue of their national rankings. The wrestling program garnered 60 points with its 15th place finish at the NCAA Championships in March, as both Bubba Gritter (heavyweight) and Mike Miller (165 pounds) earned All-America honors at the national championships.

The football program earned the other 45 points, being credited with a tie for 26th in the scoring system used by NACDA regarding college football. Each team that wins its bowl game but does not finish in the final USA Today Top 25 poll is awarded 45 points in the standings. CMU won its first-ever Division I-A bowl game in 2006, defeating Middle Tennessee in the Motor City Bowl, 31-14.

Stanford won the Directors’ Cup for the 13th consecutive year with 1429 points. UCLA finished second (1232), with North Carolina (1161.33), Michigan (1135.25) and USC (1103.5) rounding out the top five.

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