July 11, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton again outpaced the balance of the Big West Conference in the 2005-06 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Div. I Final Standings sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Based on team finishes in NCAA post-season competition, the standings weigh every sport excluding football. With a third-place finish in baseball, ninth place in women's soccer and 33rd place in women's softball leading the way, the Titans totaled 217.5 points to tie for 73rd place along with Santa Clara. The only other Big West schools to finish in the Top 100 were Long Beach State at No. 89 and UC Santa Barbara at No. 92.
Pepperdine (36th place) is the only Div. I-AAA (no football team) school in the nation to finish ahead of Fullerton.
Stanford finished No. 1 for the 12th consecutive year followed by UCLA, Texas, North Carolina and Florida.
Since 2004-05, only the Top 100 schools are announced. From the program's inception in 1993-94 through 2003-04, the published list included every school that reached NCAA post-season play -- usually around 250 schools. During that period, Fullerton averaged an 84th-place showing, again best among Big West schools. Long Beach State at 97th was the only other Big West school to average in the Top 100.
Developed as a joint effort between USA Today and NACDA, the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institutions in each of the four categories -- Div. IA, Div. II, Div. III and with the best overall athletics program.
Cal State Fullerton placed third in the 2006 Big West Conference Commissioner's Cup competition behind Long Beach and UC Santa Barbara. That contest among only Big West schools measures the "average" finish in conference play among the eight Big West schools. The Titans' performances in wrestling, women's gymnastics and fencing are not considered because those are not Big West sports.