Sunday, July 11, 2010

I am a proud Iowa State University Alum

Sometimes we get caught up in the major sports as representative of our favorite university. This excerpt from a recent alumni newsletter puts this nicely in perspective:

ISU posts best-ever performance in Directors' Cup chase
For the 2009-2010 athletics season, Iowa State recorded its best-ever finish in the 17-year history of the Learfield Directors' Cup (formerly Sears Cup), which is awarded annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Learfield Sports, and USA Today to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics program. In the final rankings released July 1, Iowa State ranked 34th among 278 national Division I programs after earning points for its postseason performances in men's and women's cross country, football, volleyball, women's basketball, gymnastics, women's indoor track, wrestling, women's golf, and men's and women's outdoor track and field. Iowa State finished 97th in 2006, 73rd in 2007, and 58th in both 2008 and 2009. For the 16th year in a row, Stanford claimed the Cup as Florida placed second. Iowa State was one of seven Big 12 institutions in the top 35. Other notable placements include Texas A&M (6th), Oklahoma (12th), Texas (15th), Nebraska (17th), Baylor (31st), Oklahoma State (33rd), Texas Tech (44th), Missouri (49th), and Iowa (55th). Princeton (32nd) was the only institution with a smaller athletics budget to finish higher than ISU. View the complete final standings and press release online.

It is another very good day!  ;-)

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