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SCU athletics has one of the nation's most successful fall seasons

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan.11, 2000 - For the second year in a row, the annual Fall rankings of NCAA Division I schools list SCU as one of the top athletic programs in the country.

The Final Four success of the men's and women's soccer teams, as well as a NCAA tournament appearance by the women's volleyball team, propelled SCU to a tie for 11th place in the competition for the Sears Cup - the annual award to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country.

The Fall rankings are based on team success in women and men's cross country, field hockey, women's and men's soccer, water polo, women's volleyball and football. The only California schools to rank above SCU were Stanford and UCLA. SCU tied with Notre Dame for eleventh place.

Schools will be re-ranked after the winter and spring sports seasons. Final rankings are based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 for men and 10 for women.

Traditionally, the Broncos highest Sears Cup ranking is on the fall list. Last year, SCU ended the 1998-99 competition in a tie for 63rd place out of 310 eligible colleges and universities, and was in the top 10 (ranked eighth) athletic programs in the state.

To keep track of the rankings throughout the year, see

1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup
Final Division I Fall Standings
Rank/School/Total Points

1. Stanford (413)
2. Michigan (333)
3. UCLA (307)
4. Penn State (298)
5. Wisconsin (270)
6. North Carolina (258)
7. Arkansas (253)
8. Nebraska (238)
9. Connecticut (210)
10. Brigham Young (202)
11. Santa Clara (195)
11. Notre Dame (195)
13. Minnesota (191)
14. Texas A&M (172)
15. Kansas State (169)
16. Florida (155)
17. Maryland (150)
18. Colorado (147)
19. Northern Arizona (143)
20. Virginia (140)


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