SPARTANBURG, S.C. – ETSU’s men’s programs and Samford’s women lead the Southern Conference all-sport races after the completion of the fall championship seasons.
The Commissioner’s and Germann cups are awarded annually to the Southern Conference schools fielding the league’s best all-around men’s and women’s sports programs, respectively. Scoring is conducted on a percentage basis, with only the top seven sports for each school counting toward its season total. The SoCon sponsors 21 total sports, with the league’s three co-ed rifle teams counting toward the Commissioner’s Cup standings and the two women’s rifle teams counting toward the Germann Cup.
Each sport is worth 10 points, with each spot in the standings given equal measure relative to how many schools sponsor that particular sport. For sports that determine a regular-season champion, a two-point bonus is awarded for winning the league tournament. Each school’s total for the year is divided by 70, the maximum number of points possible when counting seven sports, to find its percentage.
Defending Commissioner’s Cup champion ETSU picked up where it left off last year, riding a regular-season title in men’s soccer and a third-place finish in the cross country championship to the fall lead. The Bucs, vying for their third Commissioner’s Cup title, totaled 21.33 points in the standings, good for a .305 percentage.
Wofford is in second place at .274, bolstered by its second-place tie in the football standings. The Terriers also tied for third in men’s soccer and totaled 19.17 points.
Furman, which won its fourth consecutive cross country championship, is third at .254, followed by men’s soccer regular-season runner-up and tournament champion Mercer in fourth at .241. Samford, the cross country runner-up, is in fifth at .224, with Chattanooga (.219), football champion The Citadel (.171), VMI (.133), UNCG (.126) and Western Carolina (.081) rounding out the standings.
Samford, which won two of the three fall women’s championships and finished second in the other, totaled 29.11 points toward the Germann Cup, good for a .416 percentage. The Bulldogs, who won the women’s soccer and volleyball championships and finished second in cross country, also won the women’s soccer regular-season title for the third straight season. Samford is trying for its second Germann Cup title in three years and its third overall.
ETSU, seeking its first Germann Cup win, is hot on Samford’s heels after an impressive fall in which it won the volleyball regular season, was the runner-up in women’s soccer and finished third at the cross country championship. The Bucs accumulated 27.00 points for a .386 percentage in the cup standings.
Defending Germann Cup champion Furman is tied for third at .290 after winning its fourth straight cross country title and tying for third in the women’s soccer standings. Chattanooga also posted a .290 percentage, finishing third in volleyball and fourth in cross country.
Volleyball regular-season runner-up UNCG is in fifth at .284, followed by Mercer (.199), Wofford (.180), Western Carolina (.147), VMI (.093) and The Citadel (.059).
The Commissioner’s Cup was inaugurated in 1970 and the Germann Cup was first awarded in 1987. The latter is named for former SoCon Commissioner Ken Germann, who served as commissioner of the Southern Conference from 1974-86 and spearheaded the effort to introduce women’s athletics to the league.
Six schools have won the Commissioner’s Cup in the 47-year history of the award, including current members Chattanooga (2014-15 and 2004-05), ETSU (2015-16 and 1982-83) and Furman (1990-91).
Five schools have won the Germann Cup in its 30-year history. Among current schools, Furman owns a league-best 14, including 12 straight from 1992-2004. Samford has won two (2014-15 and 2009-10) and Chattanooga won in 2007-08.
Commissioner’s Cup (through fall sports)
1. ETSU .305
2. Wofford .274
3. Furman .254
4. Mercer .241
5. Samford .224
6. Chattanooga .219
7. The Citadel .171
8. VMI .133
9. UNCG .126
10. Western Carolina .081
Germann Cup (through fall sports)
1. Samford .416
2. ETSU .386
T3. Furman .290
T3. Chattanooga .290
5. UNCG .284
6. Mercer .199
7. Wofford .180
8. Western Carolina .147
9. VMI .093
10. The Citadel .059