The University of the Cumberlands (UC) athletic programs had a solid year in 2011-2012 including three regular season Mid-South Conference (MSC) Championships and 4 MSC Tournament Titles. A plethora of Patriot teams also finished the year in the NAIA Top 25 for their respective sports. After a 2nd place finish for the MSC President’s Cup, the Patriots earned a spot in another elite Top 25 field.
UC earned the #21 spot in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final Standings for the 2011-2012 seasons. This is the highest finish for UC in the Directors’ Cup standings since 2007 when they finished 21st. The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports, six women's and six men's, at the national championships. The 2011-12 athletics season marks the fourth year for Learfield Sports as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
Six total teams from the MSC earned spots in the poll including Lindsey Wilson (#5), Georgetown College (#45), Campbellsville University (#51), Shawnee State University (#88), and the University of Rio Grande (#145).
UC Athletic Director Randy Vernon commented, “I’m very pleased with our finish of 21st in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors Cup. I believe anytime we can finish in the top 25, out of almost 300 NAIA schools, it has to be considered a successful year. I want to congratulate our coaches and all our teams for the hard work they put in each day to be the best sports program we can be.”
For more information on the Patriots athletic programs, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.